Watershed - Wausaukee and Lower Menominee Rivers (GB13)
Wausaukee and Lower Menominee Rivers Watershed

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The Wausaukee and Lower Menominee Rivers Watershed is situated in southeastern Marinette County. It includes 51 miles of the Menominee River, the Wausaukee River and their tributaries. There are three dams on the Menominee River. Soils in the southern and northern portions of the watershed are primarily formed from glacial deposits. The central part is dominated by soils of organic origin. Soils in the south and central parts of the watershed tend to be poorly drained, while those in the north tend to be well drained. Wetlands are prominent in the central portions of the watershed. Point source dischargers in the watershed include the Marinette and Wausaukee wastewater treatment plants, Ansul Fire Protection, Scott Paper Company, Specialty, Chem Products and Waupaca Foundry. All, except the Wausaukee wastewater treatment plant, discharge to the Menominee River.

Date  1993

Ecological Landscapes for Wausaukee and Lower Menominee Rivers Watershed

Ecological Landscapes

The Wausaukee and Lower Menomonee Rivers Watershed is located in two ecological landscapes: the Northern Lake Michigan Coastal and the Northeast Sands. The Northern Lake Michigan Coastal Ecological Landscape 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. The Northeast Sands Ecological Landscape occupies a relatively narrow, vertical band of land in northeast Wisconsin. This landscape formed in glacial outwash sand plains (some of them pitted), and has steep outcropping Precambrian bedrock knolls of basalt, rhyolite, or granite. Sandy ground moraines and end moraines are also interspersed in the landscape. Historically, extensive oak/jack pine barrens and jack pine forests were found in the outwash sand portions of this Ecological Landscape. Moraines supported forests of hardwoods, red pine, and white pine. Outwash plains often contained pitted depressions, resulting in numerous wetlands and kettle lakes. Most of this Ecological Landscape is still forested; aspen predominates, followed by northern hardwoods. Jack pine remains on the outwash plains along with northern pin oak. There are several important occurrences of jack pine/oak barren communities. A small percentage of this Ecological Landscape contains spruce-fir-cedar forest and lowland hardwood forest. The Brazeau Swamp is one of the best representations of large cedar swamp forests in northern Wisconsin.

Date  2010

Watershed Documents
Watershed Grants
Grant Details
Aquatic Invasives Early Detection and Response
Date
8/2/2007
Waters Involved
Unnamed
Status
Complete

Marinette County: Marinette County Hydrilla Rapid Response Project Phase 1: Marinette County proposes to conduct a rapid response grant to address the Hydrilla verticillata which was confirmed to be present in a private pond located in July of 2007. This is the first known confirmation of occurrence in Wisconsin , with the known nature of the plant's invasive aggressiveness. The grant will provide an initial rapid response plan to eradicate the plant from the pond and prevent its spread to other waters. Project deliverables include investigating the site, chemical treatment of the hydrilla using Aquathol K,followed by totally dewatering the pond. The intent is to freeze the propagules of hydrilla over winter. There will be follow-up monitoring in the spring to determine success with further action to occur depending upon DATCP, DNR and County observations and decisions of final activities to take place. The next steps have not been decided pending spring of 2008 observations.


Grant Details
Aquatic Invasives Early Detection and Response
Date
7/1/2013
Waters Involved
Unnamed
Status
Complete

Marinette County Land Conservation Committee: Marinette County Yellow Floating Heart: The Marinette County Land Information Department proposes to control Yellow Floating Heart in the Tessmer Pond, located at T34N/S13/R19E, by implementing control measures during the period 2013-2015. The project elements and deliverables are specified in the Marinette County Land Information Department\2019s Aquatic Invasive Species Control Grant application, dated February 8, 2013.

Since the eradication of Yellow Floating heart has not been fully identified under these special circumstances, the project contains multiple strategies including; controlling Yellow Floating Heart with aquatic herbicide treatments, a drawdown, torching the seed bank perimeter, or hydraulic dredging. Annual progress reports and a final report summarizing the three-year project will be provided to DNR. Any publications produced as part of the project will incorporate the \201CStop Aquatic Hitchhikers!\201D\2122 brand (partnership details can be found at: http://www.protectyourwaters.org).

If consultant is to provide the final report, it is recommended that the Grantee provide the DNR Aquatic Invasive Species Coordinator with a draft for comment on report adequacy prior to making final payment to the consultant. DNR will be provided both paper and electronic .pdf copies of the final report along with, or prior to, submission of grantee\2019s final payment request. All information associated with this project is subject to public record.


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

Town Of Wausaukee: Town Of Wausaukee: The Town of Wausaukee proposes this first step project to develop a comprehensive land use plan. It will be used as a pilot project that will be applied to similar lakes in Marinette that have a low rate of second home development and that are located in areas that are very rural in nature. This project will collect and assess the types of social, physical and regulatory data that are available for the lakes and their watersheds. The project will identify deficiencies in data and make recommendations for additional data collection that will be the subject of future grant applications.


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

Town Of Wausaukee: Town Of Wausaukee: The Town of Wausaukee proposes this first step project to develop a comprehensive land use plan. It will be used as a pilot project that will be applied to similar lakes in Marinette that have a low rate of second home development and that are located in areas that are very rural in nature. This project will collect and assess the types of social, physical and regulatory data that are available for the lakes and their watersheds. The project will identify deficiencies in data and make recommendations for additional data collection that will be the subject of future grant applications.


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

Town Of Wausaukee: Town Of Wausaukee: The Town of Wausaukee proposes this first step project to develop a comprehensive land use plan. It will be used as a pilot project that will be applied to similar lakes in Marinette that have a low rate of second home development and that are located in areas that are very rural in nature. This project will collect and assess the types of social, physical and regulatory data that are available for the lakes and their watersheds. The project will identify deficiencies in data and make recommendations for additional data collection that will be the subject of future grant applications.


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

Town Of Wausaukee: Town Of Wausaukee: The Town of Wausaukee proposes this first step project to develop a comprehensive land use plan. It will be used as a pilot project that will be applied to similar lakes in Marinette that have a low rate of second home development and that are located in areas that are very rural in nature. This project will collect and assess the types of social, physical and regulatory data that are available for the lakes and their watersheds. The project will identify deficiencies in data and make recommendations for additional data collection that will be the subject of future grant applications.


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

Town Of Wausaukee: Town Of Wausaukee: The Town of Wausaukee proposes this first step project to develop a comprehensive land use plan. It will be used as a pilot project that will be applied to similar lakes in Marinette that have a low rate of second home development and that are located in areas that are very rural in nature. This project will collect and assess the types of social, physical and regulatory data that are available for the lakes and their watersheds. The project will identify deficiencies in data and make recommendations for additional data collection that will be the subject of future grant applications.


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

Town Of Wausaukee: Town Of Wausaukee: The Town of Wausaukee proposes this first step project to develop a comprehensive land use plan. It will be used as a pilot project that will be applied to similar lakes in Marinette that have a low rate of second home development and that are located in areas that are very rural in nature. This project will collect and assess the types of social, physical and regulatory data that are available for the lakes and their watersheds. The project will identify deficiencies in data and make recommendations for additional data collection that will be the subject of future grant applications.


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

Town Of Wausaukee: Town Of Wausaukee: The Town of Wausaukee proposes this first step project to develop a comprehensive land use plan. It will be used as a pilot project that will be applied to similar lakes in Marinette that have a low rate of second home development and that are located in areas that are very rural in nature. This project will collect and assess the types of social, physical and regulatory data that are available for the lakes and their watersheds. The project will identify deficiencies in data and make recommendations for additional data collection that will be the subject of future grant applications.


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

Town Of Wausaukee: Town Of Wausaukee: The Town of Wausaukee proposes this first step project to develop a comprehensive land use plan. It will be used as a pilot project that will be applied to similar lakes in Marinette that have a low rate of second home development and that are located in areas that are very rural in nature. This project will collect and assess the types of social, physical and regulatory data that are available for the lakes and their watersheds. The project will identify deficiencies in data and make recommendations for additional data collection that will be the subject of future grant applications.


Grant Details
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
4/1/1999
Waters Involved
Little Island Lake
Status
Complete

Town Of Wausaukee: Town Of Wausaukee: The Town of Wausaukee proposes this first step project to develop a comprehensive land use plan. It will be used as a pilot project that will be applied to similar lakes in Marinette that have a low rate of second home development and that are located in areas that are very rural in nature. This project will collect and assess the types of social, physical and regulatory data that are available for the lakes and their watersheds. The project will identify deficiencies in data and make recommendations for additional data collection that will be the subject of future grant applications.


Grant Details
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
4/1/1999
Waters Involved
Little McCall Lake
Status
Complete

Town Of Wausaukee: Town Of Wausaukee: The Town of Wausaukee proposes this first step project to develop a comprehensive land use plan. It will be used as a pilot project that will be applied to similar lakes in Marinette that have a low rate of second home development and that are located in areas that are very rural in nature. This project will collect and assess the types of social, physical and regulatory data that are available for the lakes and their watersheds. The project will identify deficiencies in data and make recommendations for additional data collection that will be the subject of future grant applications.


Grant Details
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
4/1/1999
Waters Involved
Little Poche De Noche
Status
Complete

Town Of Wausaukee: Town Of Wausaukee: The Town of Wausaukee proposes this first step project to develop a comprehensive land use plan. It will be used as a pilot project that will be applied to similar lakes in Marinette that have a low rate of second home development and that are located in areas that are very rural in nature. This project will collect and assess the types of social, physical and regulatory data that are available for the lakes and their watersheds. The project will identify deficiencies in data and make recommendations for additional data collection that will be the subject of future grant applications.


Grant Details
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
4/1/1999
Waters Involved
Little Wolf Lake
Status
Complete

Town Of Wausaukee: Town Of Wausaukee: The Town of Wausaukee proposes this first step project to develop a comprehensive land use plan. It will be used as a pilot project that will be applied to similar lakes in Marinette that have a low rate of second home development and that are located in areas that are very rural in nature. This project will collect and assess the types of social, physical and regulatory data that are available for the lakes and their watersheds. The project will identify deficiencies in data and make recommendations for additional data collection that will be the subject of future grant applications.


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

Town Of Wausaukee: Town Of Wausaukee: The Town of Wausaukee proposes this first step project to develop a comprehensive land use plan. It will be used as a pilot project that will be applied to similar lakes in Marinette that have a low rate of second home development and that are located in areas that are very rural in nature. This project will collect and assess the types of social, physical and regulatory data that are available for the lakes and their watersheds. The project will identify deficiencies in data and make recommendations for additional data collection that will be the subject of future grant applications.


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

Town Of Wausaukee: Town Of Wausaukee: The Town of Wausaukee proposes this first step project to develop a comprehensive land use plan. It will be used as a pilot project that will be applied to similar lakes in Marinette that have a low rate of second home development and that are located in areas that are very rural in nature. This project will collect and assess the types of social, physical and regulatory data that are available for the lakes and their watersheds. The project will identify deficiencies in data and make recommendations for additional data collection that will be the subject of future grant applications.


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

Town Of Wausaukee: Town Of Wausaukee: The Town of Wausaukee proposes this first step project to develop a comprehensive land use plan. It will be used as a pilot project that will be applied to similar lakes in Marinette that have a low rate of second home development and that are located in areas that are very rural in nature. This project will collect and assess the types of social, physical and regulatory data that are available for the lakes and their watersheds. The project will identify deficiencies in data and make recommendations for additional data collection that will be the subject of future grant applications.


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

Town Of Wausaukee: Town Of Wausaukee: The Town of Wausaukee proposes this first step project to develop a comprehensive land use plan. It will be used as a pilot project that will be applied to similar lakes in Marinette that have a low rate of second home development and that are located in areas that are very rural in nature. This project will collect and assess the types of social, physical and regulatory data that are available for the lakes and their watersheds. The project will identify deficiencies in data and make recommendations for additional data collection that will be the subject of future grant applications.


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

Town Of Wausaukee: Town Of Wausaukee: The Town of Wausaukee proposes this first step project to develop a comprehensive land use plan. It will be used as a pilot project that will be applied to similar lakes in Marinette that have a low rate of second home development and that are located in areas that are very rural in nature. This project will collect and assess the types of social, physical and regulatory data that are available for the lakes and their watersheds. The project will identify deficiencies in data and make recommendations for additional data collection that will be the subject of future grant applications.


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

Town Of Wausaukee: Town Of Wausaukee: The Town of Wausaukee proposes this first step project to develop a comprehensive land use plan. It will be used as a pilot project that will be applied to similar lakes in Marinette that have a low rate of second home development and that are located in areas that are very rural in nature. This project will collect and assess the types of social, physical and regulatory data that are available for the lakes and their watersheds. The project will identify deficiencies in data and make recommendations for additional data collection that will be the subject of future grant applications.


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

Town Of Wausaukee: Town Of Wausaukee: The Town of Wausaukee proposes this first step project to develop a comprehensive land use plan. It will be used as a pilot project that will be applied to similar lakes in Marinette that have a low rate of second home development and that are located in areas that are very rural in nature. This project will collect and assess the types of social, physical and regulatory data that are available for the lakes and their watersheds. The project will identify deficiencies in data and make recommendations for additional data collection that will be the subject of future grant applications.


Grant Details
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
4/1/1999
Waters Involved
Poche De Noche
Status
Complete

Town Of Wausaukee: Town Of Wausaukee: The Town of Wausaukee proposes this first step project to develop a comprehensive land use plan. It will be used as a pilot project that will be applied to similar lakes in Marinette that have a low rate of second home development and that are located in areas that are very rural in nature. This project will collect and assess the types of social, physical and regulatory data that are available for the lakes and their watersheds. The project will identify deficiencies in data and make recommendations for additional data collection that will be the subject of future grant applications.


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

Town Of Wausaukee: Town Of Wausaukee: The Town of Wausaukee proposes this first step project to develop a comprehensive land use plan. It will be used as a pilot project that will be applied to similar lakes in Marinette that have a low rate of second home development and that are located in areas that are very rural in nature. This project will collect and assess the types of social, physical and regulatory data that are available for the lakes and their watersheds. The project will identify deficiencies in data and make recommendations for additional data collection that will be the subject of future grant applications.


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

Town Of Wausaukee: Town Of Wausaukee: The Town of Wausaukee proposes this first step project to develop a comprehensive land use plan. It will be used as a pilot project that will be applied to similar lakes in Marinette that have a low rate of second home development and that are located in areas that are very rural in nature. This project will collect and assess the types of social, physical and regulatory data that are available for the lakes and their watersheds. The project will identify deficiencies in data and make recommendations for additional data collection that will be the subject of future grant applications.


Grant Details
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
4/1/1999
Waters Involved
Un Spring
Status
Complete

Town Of Wausaukee: Town Of Wausaukee: The Town of Wausaukee proposes this first step project to develop a comprehensive land use plan. It will be used as a pilot project that will be applied to similar lakes in Marinette that have a low rate of second home development and that are located in areas that are very rural in nature. This project will collect and assess the types of social, physical and regulatory data that are available for the lakes and their watersheds. The project will identify deficiencies in data and make recommendations for additional data collection that will be the subject of future grant applications.


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

Town Of Wausaukee: Town Of Wausaukee: The Town of Wausaukee proposes this first step project to develop a comprehensive land use plan. It will be used as a pilot project that will be applied to similar lakes in Marinette that have a low rate of second home development and that are located in areas that are very rural in nature. This project will collect and assess the types of social, physical and regulatory data that are available for the lakes and their watersheds. The project will identify deficiencies in data and make recommendations for additional data collection that will be the subject of future grant applications.


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

Town Of Wausaukee: Town Of Wausaukee: The Town of Wausaukee proposes this first step project to develop a comprehensive land use plan. It will be used as a pilot project that will be applied to similar lakes in Marinette that have a low rate of second home development and that are located in areas that are very rural in nature. This project will collect and assess the types of social, physical and regulatory data that are available for the lakes and their watersheds. The project will identify deficiencies in data and make recommendations for additional data collection that will be the subject of future grant applications.


Wausaukee and Lower Menominee Rivers Watershed
Watershed Recommendations
Monitor Fish Tissue
Confirm FCA: IW listed from pre-year 2000 FCA data
Date
Status
609000 name Menominee River TMDL ID 672 Start Mile 43.21 End Mile 87.8
11/21/2011
Proposed
 
Wausaukee and Lower Menominee Rivers WatershedWatershed History Note

The Village of Wausaukee is located in Marinette County in the Wausaukee and Lower Menominee watershed The original village was founded in 1887 by John S. Monroe to support the logging industry. The name Wausaukee comes from the Menominee Indians and means “among the rolling hills.” A long-standing building in the village is the Hotel Wausaukee, built in 1889 by a man named Clawson from Oconto. It operated as a hotel for many years, under various owners, but between 1889 and 1994 it was used as a boarding house, saloon, and served dinner to its guests. Rooms were still being billed at $7 per night up until it closed in 1984. The Menominee River Brewing Company purchased the building in order to sell liquor in the area. Kegs and bottles of beer were brought into the area for consumption from the Menominee River Brewery. The Hotel had a beer bar and was supplied with the ornate stain glass windows put in by the brewery. Two of the original stain glass windows remain today. The Hotel Wausaukee currently houses Graphic Impressions Photography Studio on 502 Main St. The dining hall, where meals were served, is currently used as the studio shooting area and the beer hall was originally in the lobby and then later moved to an adjacent room, which is now currently an office. One bedroom was on the first floor off the kitchen and 12 bedrooms were on the second floor. Nine rooms are currently still available as bedrooms although the current owners use 3 of the rooms for other uses.

Date  2010