Watershed - Pine Creek and Red Cedar River (LC07)
Pine Creek and Red Cedar River Watershed

Details

The majority of streams in the Pine Creek and Red Cedar River watershed, which covers portions of Dunn, Chippewa, and Barron counties, are degraded by polluted runoff. The major land use affecting surface water quality is streambank pasturing. Many of the Class II trout streams have the potential to become Class I with habitat improvements and controls of polluted runoff sources.

Date  1996

Ecological Landscapes for Pine Creek and Red Cedar River Watershed

Ecological Landscapes

The Western Coulee and Ridges Ecological Landscape in southwestern and west central Wisconsin is characterized by its highly eroded, driftless topography and relatively extensive forested landscape. Soils are silt loams (loess) and sandy loams over sandstone residuum over dolomite. Several large rivers including the Wisconsin, Mississippi, Chippewa, Kickapoo and Black flow through or border the Ecological Landscape. Historical vegetation consisted of southern hardwood forests, oak savanna, scattered prairies, and floodplain forests and marshes along the major rivers. With Euro-American settlement, most of the land on ridgetops and valley bottoms was cleared of oak savanna, prairie, and level forest for agriculture. The steep slopes between valley bottom and ridgetop, unsuitable for raising crops, grew into oak-dominated forests after the ubiquitous presettlement wildfires were suppressed. Current vegetation is a mix of forest (40%), agriculture, and grassland with some wetlands in the river valleys. The primary forest cover is oak-hickory (51%) dominated by oak species and shagbark hickory. Maple-basswood forests (28%), dominated by sugar maple, basswood and red maple, are common in areas that were not subjected to repeated presettlement wildfires. Bottomland hardwoods (10%) are common in the valley bottoms of major rivers and are dominated by silver maple, ashes, elms, cottonwood, and red maple. Relict conifer forests including white pine, hemlock and yellow birch are a rarer natural community in the cooler, steep, north slope microclimates.

Date  2010

Watershed Grants
Grant Details
Aquatic Invasives Education
Date
4/1/2007
Waters Involved
Hay River
Status
Complete

Tainter/Menomin Lake Improvement Association: Tainter-Menomin Clean Boats: The Tainter-Menomin Lake Improvement Association proposes to establish a comprehensive education and prevention program to reduce or stop the spread of aquatic invasive species to Tainter and Menomin Lakes in Dunn County. Major project elements to include: 1) Training and equipping of Clean Boats, Clean Waters volunteers to do education and monitoring at boat landings, 2) Development and placement of signage.


Grant Details
Aquatic Invasives Education
Date
4/1/2007
Waters Involved
Red Cedar River
Status
Complete

Tainter/Menomin Lake Improvement Association: Tainter-Menomin Clean Boats: The Tainter-Menomin Lake Improvement Association proposes to establish a comprehensive education and prevention program to reduce or stop the spread of aquatic invasive species to Tainter and Menomin Lakes in Dunn County. Major project elements to include: 1) Training and equipping of Clean Boats, Clean Waters volunteers to do education and monitoring at boat landings, 2) Development and placement of signage.


Grant Details
Aquatic Invasives Education
Date
4/1/2007
Waters Involved
Sinking Creek
Status
Complete

Tainter/Menomin Lake Improvement Association: Tainter-Menomin Clean Boats: The Tainter-Menomin Lake Improvement Association proposes to establish a comprehensive education and prevention program to reduce or stop the spread of aquatic invasive species to Tainter and Menomin Lakes in Dunn County. Major project elements to include: 1) Training and equipping of Clean Boats, Clean Waters volunteers to do education and monitoring at boat landings, 2) Development and placement of signage.


Grant Details
Aquatic Invasives Education
Date
4/1/2007
Waters Involved
Tainter Lake
Status
Complete

Tainter/Menomin Lake Improvement Association: Tainter-Menomin Clean Boats: The Tainter-Menomin Lake Improvement Association proposes to establish a comprehensive education and prevention program to reduce or stop the spread of aquatic invasive species to Tainter and Menomin Lakes in Dunn County. Major project elements to include: 1) Training and equipping of Clean Boats, Clean Waters volunteers to do education and monitoring at boat landings, 2) Development and placement of signage.


Grant Details
Lake Protection Grant
Date
9/1/2010
Waters Involved
Hay River
Status
Complete

Dunn County: Lco-Shoreland Ordinance Rev.: Dunn County proposes to amend or create a shoreland zoning ordinance that complies with the requirements of NR 115, Wisconsin Administrative Code (as revised effective February 1, 2010) and retain existing regulations that exceed the water resource protections of NR 115 or are specific or unique to local needs.

Project deliverables include: 1. Copies of any fact sheets or handouts created for public hearings. 2. A summary of the comments received at public hearings. 3. A certified copy of the County Board-approved updated shoreland ordinance or ordinance language (if integrated into other codes). 4. Any GIS maps of the shoreland zone or shoreland condition surveys related to the project.

Specific conditions for this Project: 1. The WDNR will be provided electronic and hard copies of all data and or reports or surveys generated as a result of this project.


Grant Details
Lake Protection Grant
Date
9/1/2010
Waters Involved
Red Cedar River
Status
Complete

Dunn County: Lco-Shoreland Ordinance Rev.: Dunn County proposes to amend or create a shoreland zoning ordinance that complies with the requirements of NR 115, Wisconsin Administrative Code (as revised effective February 1, 2010) and retain existing regulations that exceed the water resource protections of NR 115 or are specific or unique to local needs.

Project deliverables include: 1. Copies of any fact sheets or handouts created for public hearings. 2. A summary of the comments received at public hearings. 3. A certified copy of the County Board-approved updated shoreland ordinance or ordinance language (if integrated into other codes). 4. Any GIS maps of the shoreland zone or shoreland condition surveys related to the project.

Specific conditions for this Project: 1. The WDNR will be provided electronic and hard copies of all data and or reports or surveys generated as a result of this project.


Grant Details
Lake Protection Grant
Date
9/1/2010
Waters Involved
Sinking Creek
Status
Complete

Dunn County: Lco-Shoreland Ordinance Rev.: Dunn County proposes to amend or create a shoreland zoning ordinance that complies with the requirements of NR 115, Wisconsin Administrative Code (as revised effective February 1, 2010) and retain existing regulations that exceed the water resource protections of NR 115 or are specific or unique to local needs.

Project deliverables include: 1. Copies of any fact sheets or handouts created for public hearings. 2. A summary of the comments received at public hearings. 3. A certified copy of the County Board-approved updated shoreland ordinance or ordinance language (if integrated into other codes). 4. Any GIS maps of the shoreland zone or shoreland condition surveys related to the project.

Specific conditions for this Project: 1. The WDNR will be provided electronic and hard copies of all data and or reports or surveys generated as a result of this project.


Grant Details
Lake Protection Grant
Date
9/1/2010
Waters Involved
Tainter Lake
Status
Complete

Dunn County: Lco-Shoreland Ordinance Rev.: Dunn County proposes to amend or create a shoreland zoning ordinance that complies with the requirements of NR 115, Wisconsin Administrative Code (as revised effective February 1, 2010) and retain existing regulations that exceed the water resource protections of NR 115 or are specific or unique to local needs.

Project deliverables include: 1. Copies of any fact sheets or handouts created for public hearings. 2. A summary of the comments received at public hearings. 3. A certified copy of the County Board-approved updated shoreland ordinance or ordinance language (if integrated into other codes). 4. Any GIS maps of the shoreland zone or shoreland condition surveys related to the project.

Specific conditions for this Project: 1. The WDNR will be provided electronic and hard copies of all data and or reports or surveys generated as a result of this project.


Grant Details
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
10/1/2013
Waters Involved
Hay River
Status
Complete

Tainter/Menomin Lake Improvement Association: Dunn Co. Erosion Plan: The Tainter-Menomin Lake Improvement Assocaition proposes to contract with Inter-fluve, Inc.to develop plans for remediation of river bank erosion and habitat improvement along the Red Cedar River in Dunn County. Major project elements to include: a) analysis of existing data, b) partnership team meetings, c) surveying and waterway access mapping, d) erosion control design, e) cost estimates, and f) implementation plan.


Grant Details
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
10/1/2013
Waters Involved
Red Cedar River
Status
Complete

Tainter/Menomin Lake Improvement Association: Dunn Co. Erosion Plan: The Tainter-Menomin Lake Improvement Assocaition proposes to contract with Inter-fluve, Inc.to develop plans for remediation of river bank erosion and habitat improvement along the Red Cedar River in Dunn County. Major project elements to include: a) analysis of existing data, b) partnership team meetings, c) surveying and waterway access mapping, d) erosion control design, e) cost estimates, and f) implementation plan.


Grant Details
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
10/1/2013
Waters Involved
Sinking Creek
Status
Complete

Tainter/Menomin Lake Improvement Association: Dunn Co. Erosion Plan: The Tainter-Menomin Lake Improvement Assocaition proposes to contract with Inter-fluve, Inc.to develop plans for remediation of river bank erosion and habitat improvement along the Red Cedar River in Dunn County. Major project elements to include: a) analysis of existing data, b) partnership team meetings, c) surveying and waterway access mapping, d) erosion control design, e) cost estimates, and f) implementation plan.


Grant Details
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
12/20/1990
Waters Involved
Tainter Lake
Status
Complete

Dunn County: Tainter Lake Nutrient Loading & Phosphorus Reduction Study: 1) Determine nutrient loading to Tainter Lake from each of two contributing watersheds; the South Fork Hay River Watershed, and the Pine Creek and Red Cedar River Watershed. Project will involve remote sensing using aerial photography and analysisthrough a computerized Geographic Information System (GIS). Animal unit concentrations and their locations will be used as an index. Relative phosphorus loads will be projected by watershed. Two representative subwatersheds will undergo a more detailedland use analysis. 2) Determine landowner willingness to volintarily cooperate in phosphorus reduction by a random mailing of questionaires in both watersheds. The watershed selected for a concentrated effort at phosphorus reduction will have aquestionnaire sent to every landowner. 3) Final report will be prepared to include; - which watershed is the greater contributor of phosphorus to Tainter Lake, -whether landowners are willing to voluntarily cooperate with cleanup, - an array of resoucemaps, (topographic, solis, land use, etc.). Data reporting format to be worked out in consultation with Buzz Sorge, DNR district contact. Project results will be reposited at the Dunn County Land Conservation Dept. and the DNR District Office. Amendment 2: establish a school electronic bulletin board system on water quality and monitor phosphorus loading from Jerome Foods turkey manaure disposal practices. Amendment 4: develop 2 shoreline landscaping demonstration projects, include mailing costs for the lake related educational information.


Grant Details
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
4/3/1995
Waters Involved
Tainter Lake
Status
Complete

Tainter/Menomin Lake Improvement Association: Lake Tainter Sociological Survey & Educationl Strategies Dev: Establish baseline survey data on Landowner's knowledge of water quality, horticulture practices, construction site erosion and septic systems. Educate lakeshore owners on shoreline zoning, lake and water ecology, good horticulture practices, how septicsystems work, and the importance of household water testing and the interpretation of those results. Conduct 100 household water testing samples and interpret the results showing what action can be taken to improve drinking water quality.Conduct workshops for local officials, contractors dealing with water issues. Design educational exhibits relating water quality to be used in the Lake Tainter area.Disseminate information to the public by neewsletter mailings, fact sheet distributions, public meetings, summary report mailings, newpaper articles, poster displays, and lake fair and county fair exhibits.


Grant Details
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
10/1/1998
Waters Involved
Tainter Lake
Status
Complete

Town Of Tainter: Twn. Of Tainter Land Use Plan #1, Dunn Co.: Town of Tainter, Dunn County, proposes to develop a comprehensive land use plan to address land use and water quality issues. Project activities would include 1) Inventory of existing land uses, 2) Inventory of physical and biological characteristics, 3) Demographic analysis of town population, 4) Inventory of existing land and resource protection programs. Information regarding the plan and its development will be shared with the general public through a series of public meetings, newspaper articles and distribution of a comprehensive management plan. The Department of Natural Resources will be provided with both a paper copy and an electronic copy of the final report.


Grant Details
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
10/1/1998
Waters Involved
Tainter Lake
Status
Complete

Town Of Tainter: Twn. Of Tainter Land Use Plan #2, Dunn Co.: Town of Tainter, Dunn County, proposes to develop a comprehensive land use plan to address land use and water quality issues. Project activities would include 1) Drafting of comprehensive land use plan designating appropriate land uses to protect water quality of Tainter Lake and associated water bodies. Information regarding the plan and its development will be shared with the general public through a series of public meetings, newspaper articles and distribution of a comprehensive management plan. The Department of Natural Resources will be provided with both a paper copy and an electronic copy of the final report.


Grant Details
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
4/1/2003
Waters Involved
Tainter Lake
Status
Complete

City Of Menomonie: Tainter Lake Planning Project - Phase 2: The City Menomonie will conduct water quality monitoring at three sample sites per location and sampling frequency described in the project study design and a sociological survey will be completed for all riparian property owners. Project deliverables will be to provide WDNR with all data collected and data summaries in both electronic and hardcopy. The results of the sociological survey will also be compiled and presented in a summary report.


Grant Details
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
4/1/2005
Waters Involved
Tainter Lake
Status
Complete

Tainter/Menomin Lake Improvement Association: Tainter Mapping-Sedimentation Study: The Tainter/Menomin Lake Improvement Association, in cooperation with the Dunn County Land Conservation Dept. and the UW-Eau Claire Geography Dept., proposes to study to causes and effects of sedimentation on the upper end of Tainter Lake.

Major project elements to include: 1) Streambank erosion inventory, 2) stabalization priority determination, 3) cropland soil loss analysis, 4) lake mapping, 5) dredging analysis, 6) public visioning meeting.

Project results to be shared with the public via the visioning meeting. (Std. report approval, formats for Dept. info)


Grant Details
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
10/1/2012
Waters Involved
Tainter Lake
Status
Complete

Dunn County: Dunn Shoreland Zone Implementation: Dunn County proposes to inventory riparian property ownership, compliance with county buffer standards, and sites providing public access to Lake Eau Galle, Lake Tainter, the Red Cedar River and unincorporated areas on Lake Menomin. Major project elements to include: a) Inventory of shoreline properties and water access points, and b) education and outreach.


Grant Details
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
10/1/2013
Waters Involved
Tainter Lake
Status
Complete

Tainter/Menomin Lake Improvement Association: Dunn Co. Erosion Plan: The Tainter-Menomin Lake Improvement Assocaition proposes to contract with Inter-fluve, Inc.to develop plans for remediation of river bank erosion and habitat improvement along the Red Cedar River in Dunn County. Major project elements to include: a) analysis of existing data, b) partnership team meetings, c) surveying and waterway access mapping, d) erosion control design, e) cost estimates, and f) implementation plan.


Grant Details
Small Scale Lake Planning
Date
4/1/2007
Waters Involved
Hay River
Status
Complete

Tainter/Menomin Lake Improvement Association: Menomin Map: The Tainter-Menomin Improvement Association proposes to commission production of a bathymetric map of Lake Menomin in Dunn County, produce and distribute 6,000 copies, and make the map available via CD and the association web site.


Grant Details
Small Scale Lake Planning
Date
4/1/2007
Waters Involved
Red Cedar River
Status
Complete

Tainter/Menomin Lake Improvement Association: Menomin Map: The Tainter-Menomin Improvement Association proposes to commission production of a bathymetric map of Lake Menomin in Dunn County, produce and distribute 6,000 copies, and make the map available via CD and the association web site.


Grant Details
Small Scale Lake Planning
Date
4/1/2007
Waters Involved
Sinking Creek
Status
Complete

Tainter/Menomin Lake Improvement Association: Menomin Map: The Tainter-Menomin Improvement Association proposes to commission production of a bathymetric map of Lake Menomin in Dunn County, produce and distribute 6,000 copies, and make the map available via CD and the association web site.


Grant Details
Small Scale Lake Planning
Date
4/1/2002
Waters Involved
Tainter Lake
Status
Proposed

Tainter/Menomin Lake Improvement Association: Lake Tainter/Menomin Demonstration Project: The Tainter/Menomin Lake Improvement Association, Inc. proposes to select a residence on Lake Tainter or Lake Menomin on which to model Best Management Practices and designs of shoreland landscaping.

Project activities include: 1) Photos taken of the site, 2) Consultant and landowner meet to outline the design and process for implementation, 3) Continue with PR via local news, 4) Plantings completed under direction of consultant, 5) Guests invited to observe demonstration site by boat, and 6) Continued oversight of vegetative process by landowner.

The Department of Natural Resources will be provided with both a paper and electronic copy of the final report. Information will be disseminated to the public through local newspapers, presentations, and tours of the demonstration site.


Grant Details
Small Scale Lake Planning
Date
4/1/2007
Waters Involved
Tainter Lake
Status
Complete

Tainter/Menomin Lake Improvement Association: Menomin Map: The Tainter-Menomin Improvement Association proposes to commission production of a bathymetric map of Lake Menomin in Dunn County, produce and distribute 6,000 copies, and make the map available via CD and the association web site.


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
Pine Creek and Red Cedar River Watershed
Watershed Recommendations
Hire County Aquatic Invasives Coordinator
 
Date
Status
Hire Aquatic Invasives (AIS) County Coordinator - Barron
1/1/2011
Not Proposed
Projects
 
Hire County Aquatic Invasives Coordinator
 
Date
Status
Hire Aquatic Invasives (AIS) County Coordinator - Chippewa
1/1/2011
Not Proposed
Projects
 
Monitor Fish Community
Running Valley Creek fIBI
Date
Status
AU 15745, poor fIBI, Station 10030168
1/1/2018
Proposed
Projects
 
Monitor Fish Tissue
Confirm FCA: IW pre-2000 data
Date
Status
2063500 name Red Cedar River TMDL ID 381 Start Mile 28.72 End Mile 73.6
11/21/2011
Proposed
 
Monitor to Evaluate Stream Baseflow
 
Date
Status
Baseflow Evaluation needed - dry stream 2003 documented in Benike Survey for Trout Class work.
11/1/2008
Proposed
 
TMDL Implementatoin
Lakes Menomin and Tainter
Date
Status
Phosphorus TMDLs for Lakes Menomin and Tainter
7/1/2009
In Progress
Projects
 
Pine Creek and Red Cedar River WatershedWatershed History Note

The Village of Dallas is located along the banks of the Dallas Flowage, a widening of the Upper Pine Creek, in the Pine Creek and Red Cedar Watershed. Dallas was founded in 1870. It was named in honor of the 11th Vice-President of the United States, George M. Dallas, who served under President James Polk from 1845 – 1849.Before the new dam and water dyke were built, Dallas had problems with occasional floods. Dallas is known for its abundance of nearby trout fishing streams.

Date  2010