Watershed - Little Peshtigo River (GB08)
Little Peshtigo River Watershed

Details

The Little Peshtigo River Watershed is located in southwestern Marinette and east central Oconto counties. The communities of Coleman and Pound are located in this watershed. Several streams in the watershed are classified as trout waters. Soils in the watershed are primarily deep, nearly level to steep, sandy and loamy. Wetlands are scattered across the watershed. The village of Coleman operates a wastewater treatment plant which discharges to the Little Peshtigo River. Friday Canning discharges can cooling water and boiler blowdown to an unnamed tributary to the Little Peshtigo River. Four dams have been constructed in this watershed.

Date  1993

Ecological Landscapes for Little Peshtigo River Watershed

Ecological Landscapes

The Little Pestigo River Watershed is located primarily within the Northern Lake Michigan Coastal Ecological Landscape which is located in northeastern Wisconsin, and includes Green Bay and the northern part of the Door Peninsula. Its landforms consist of the Niagara escarpment, a prominent dolomite outcropping along the east side of Green Bay, a lacustrine plain along the west side of Green Bay, and ground moraine elsewhere. Low sand dunes and beach ridges that support Great Lakes endemics and many other rare species are found along the Great Lakes shoreline. The influence of Lake Michigan moderates extreme temperatures. Soils are very diverse; in some areas, lacustrine sands are found overlying clays or bedrock within only a few feet of the surface. In the Door Peninsula, soils are typically stony loamy sands to loams. Poorly drained sands are common in the lake plain or in depressions between dunes and beach ridges. On the western side of Green Bay, the ground moraine is composed mostly of moderately well drained, rocky sandy loams, interspersed with lacustrine sands and clays, and peat and muck also common. Historic vegetation included maple-basswood-beech forest, hemlock-hardwood forest, northern white cedar swamp, hardwood-conifer swamp, wet meadows, and coastal marshes. Conifer dominated upland forests that resemble the boreal forest were present along Lake Michigan; they contain a significant component of white spruce and balsam fir. Cliffs, sinkholes, and dolomite ledges are associated with the Niagara Escarpment. Current vegetation consists of more than 60% non-forested land, most of which is in agricultural crops, with smaller amounts of grassland, wetland, shrubland, and urbanized areas. Forested lands are dominated by maple-basswood, with smaller amounts of lowland hardwoods, aspen-birch, and lowland conifers. High quality areas of exposed alkaline bedrock beach occur on the northern Door Peninsula, providing habitat for many rare plants. Several islands lie off the Door Peninsula and these also provide critical habitat for rare species and colonially nesting birds.

Date  2010

Watershed Documents
Watershed Grants
Grant Details
Lake Protection Grant
Date
2/19/1996
Waters Involved
Bass Lake
Status
Complete

Marinette County: Res - Bass Lake Restoration Alum Treatment: Marinette County proposes to treat Bass Lake with alum to reduce the effects of sediment phosophorus in the lake. Project activities include treating all waters of Bass Lake in excess of 3 feet deep and conducting pre and post treatment water quality monitoring.

AMENDMENT #1: Marinette County proposes a "5 fold" increase the Alum dose in Bass Lake to provide long term control of P release from enriched sediments.


Grant Details
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
4/1/1999
Waters Involved
White Potato Lake
Status
Complete

White Potato Lake Sportsman Club: White Potato Lake Management Plan: The White Potato Lake Sportsman's Club purposes to develop lake management goals and objectives for White Potato Lake. It also will develop a baseline understanding of existing water quality, lake morphology, bottom sediment characteristics, fishery, aquatic vegetation and watershed management issues. It will map bottom sediment accumulations and determine their source, and identify and prioritize alternative lake management strategies.


Grant Details
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
10/1/2010
Waters Involved
White Potato Lake
Status
Complete

White Potato Lake Sportsman Club: White Potato Lake Management Plan Ph 1: The White Potato Lake Sportsmen's Clube proposes to conduct Phase 1 of a lake planning grant which will include several actions leading up to completion of a lake management plan including, citizen participation process, Watershed Assessment, Water Quality assessment, fisheries data analysis and integration , Zebra mussel monitoring, and shoreline assessment. The deliverable will be the \201CLake Management Plan \201Ccomponents listed above. If a consultant is to provide the final report, it is recommended that the Grantee provide the Department Lake Coordinator with a draft for comment on report adequacy prior to making final payment to the consultant. The Department shall receive both paper and electronic PDF copies of the final report along with, or prior to submission of the grantee's final payment request.


Grant Details
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
10/1/2010
Waters Involved
White Potato Lake
Status
Complete

White Potato Lake Sportsman Club: White Potato Lake Planning Project Ph 2: The White Potato Lake Sportsmen's Club proposes to conduct Phase 2 of a lake planning grant which will include several actions leading up to completion of a lake management plan including CLP survey, PI survey, Planning Committee mtgs, data analysis, report preparation and final citizen participation process. The deliverable will be the completed \201CLake Management Plan \201Cincluding all project components from phase 1 and 2. If a consultant is to provide the final report, it is recommended that the Grantee provide the Department Lake Coordinator with a draft for comment on report adequacy prior to making final payment to the consultant. The Department shall receive both paper and electronic PDF copies of the final report along with, or prior to submission of the grantee's final payment request.


Grant Details
Targeted Runoff - Rural Construction
Date
1/4/1999
Waters Involved
Bass Lake
Status
Complete

Marinette County: Bass Lake Restoration Project: bass lake restoration project


Grant Details
Targeted Runoff - Rural Construction
Date
1/1/2004
Waters Involved
Bass Lake
Status
Complete

Marinette County: Fendryk Manure Runoff Project: to costshare at 70% Fendryk BMPs


Monitoring & Projects

Projects including grants, restoration work and studies shown below have occurred in this watershed. Click the links below to read through the text. While these are not an exhaustive list of activities, they provide insight into the management activities happening in this watershed.

Grants and Management Projects
Little Peshtigo River Watershed
Watershed Recommendations
Hire County Aquatic Invasives Coordinator
 
Date
Status
Hire Aquatic Invasives (AIS) County Coordinator - Oconto
1/1/2011
Not Proposed
Projects
 
Little Peshtigo River WatershedWatershed History Note

The communities of Coleman and Pound are located in the Little Peshtigo River watershed. The villages were named after Thaddeus Coleman Pound, a Wisconsin state politician who was the grandfather of the poet, Ezra Pound. Between 1870 until the turn of the century, four distinct settlements made up the village: to the north were the Scandinavian people, to the South, in and around Coleman, were the French, east of Pound was a well known German settlement, and later the Polish people settled in the West. Among these, there were many families that came from New York, who were affectionately referred to as "The Down-Easters." Most of these people migrated to this area after the famous Peshtigo Fire of 1871. This was the beginning of a new town. In those early days, life was extremely hard. Several days were set aside for a shopping trip to nearby stores in Peshtigo or Marinette. Some of these trips were made by foot, others by horse and buggy. In 1882, the dreams of the Coleman area settlers were answered when a new railroad track was laid between Coleman and Pound. The tracks brought settlers closer to markets in other cities and provided a shorter route for lumber to travel. In 1884 the rails extended from Coleman and Pound and eventually to Crivitz and Marinette, which brought in more goods and more settlers. In 1903 the Village of Coleman was incorporated, with 562 residents living in a one square mile radius.

Date  2010