Watershed - St. Louis and Lower Nemadji River (LS01)
St. Louis and Lower Nemadji River Watershed

Details

The St. Louis River, the largest U.S. tributary to Lake Superior, drains 3,634 square miles, entering the southwestern corner of the lake between Duluth, Minnesota and Superior, Wisconsin. The river flows 179 miles through three distinct areas: coarse soils, glacial till and outwash deposits at its headwaters; a deep, narrow gorge at Jay Cooke State Park in Minnesota; and red clay deposits in its lower reaches. As the St. Louis River approaches Duluth and Superior, the river takes on the characteristics of a 12,000 acre freshwater estuary. The upper estuary has some wilderness-like areas, while the lower estuary is characterized by urban development, an industrial harbor, and a major port. The lower estuary includes St. Louis Bay, Superior Bay, Allouez Bay, Kimball’s Bay, Pokegama Bay, Howard’s Bay, and the lower Nemadji River.

Date  2010

Population, Land Use

The watershed is dominated by forests (65%), agriculture (9%), followed closely by open water and open space (8%). In 1987, the International Joint Commission, an advisory commission on U.S-Canadian border water issues, designated the lower St. Louis River as one of 43 Great Lakes Areas of Concern (AOCs) because of concerns over environmental quality in the area. Industrial activity such as steel mills, oil refining, coal tar and coking operations, paper mills and other wood products manufacturing as well as the shipping of coal, grain, iron ore, and taconite significantly contributed to the contamination of the St. Louis River Area of Concern. Two Superfund sites, U.S. Steel and St. Louis River-Interlake Duluth Tar sites, on the Minnesota shore of the river are polluted with toxic organic chemicals and metals. Toxic contamination has impaired several uses the St. Louis River and its watershed, including degradation of bottom-feeding invertebrate communities, increased incidence of fish tumors and other abormalities, fish consumption advisories, and restrictions on dredging. Some sediment-derived contaminants also appear to be carried by the water column to Lake Superior. Additionally, human activities in the estuary from the last couple of hundred years have had a significant negative impact on fish and wildlife habitat—approximately 3,000 acres of marsh and open water were filled and roughly 4,000 acres of river bottom dredged. Exotic invaders such as purple loosestrife and additional human development of the estuary continue to pose threats to habitat. The St. Louis River System AOC (orange colored area on the figure to the right) is the area being addressed by the St. Louis River System Remedial Action Plan (RAP). The RAP focuses primarily on the 39 miles of the St. Louis River below Cloquet, Minnesota. The RAP began in 1989 as a collaborative effort between the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR). While system-wide in its approach, the St. Louis River AOC focuses primarily on the lower 39 river miles and the entire 360 square mile Nemadji River watershed. The Nemadji River is split almost equally between Minnesota and Wisconsin and discharges into the Duluth-Superior Harbor near the natural outlet of the St. Louis River. The Nemadji River contributes a large load (nearly 33,000 tons per year) into Lake Superior. Consequently, there have been studies and plans developed that outline actions that should reduce the sediment load from the Nemadji River. In 2008, as part of the Remedial Action process, the states of Minnesota and Wisconsin developed planning goals with other local stakeholders to assist in the delisting of the St. Louis River as an Area of Concern. In 2010, the Wisconsin portion of the St. Louis River will be designated as the second freshwater National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR). It is anticipated that the NERR will provide additional educational and research assistance for activities on the St. Louis River. Development in city of Superior The city of Superior’s location on the St. Louis estuary, harbor, and Lake Superior, influenced its history and development. By the mid to late 1800s, the city’s waterfront supported a variety of industries, shipping, and a population that was served by surrounding farms. Early city leaders envisioned a city on par with Chicago in terms of industrial importance. Today, the city has a population of roughly 30,000 people. It is an important shipping port located along the shores of Lake Superior and is also a hub for other industries including petroleum pipelines and oil refining, rail and trucking. Several harbor and industrial expansion and upgrade projects have taken place since 2008. The total area of the city is very large compared tothe population. The city also includes a large municipal forest on the St. Louis River.

Date  2010

Nonpoint and Point Sources

Water quality in the St. Louis River estuary has improved significantly in the estuary from the 1970’s because of advances in wastewater collection and treatment. The two major point sources in Wisconsin are the City of Superior wastewater treatment plant which has three discharge locations: Superior Bay, the St. Louis River, and the Nemadji River, and the Murphy Oil USA refinery which discharges to Newton Creek. Newton Creek flows into Hog Island Inlet of Superior Bay. These point sources are in good compliance status with their WPDES permits. In Minnesota, the point source discharges to the St. Louis estuary are all collected and treated by the Western Lake Superior Sanitary District with one discharge location to St. Louis Bay. The cities in the Duluth-Superior metropolitan area are all required to have stormwater management permits (MS4 communities) and stormwater management programs. In Wisconsin, these communities are the city of Superior, Village of Superior, and Village of Oliver. The Wisconsin and Minnesota communities all work together in the Regional Stormwater Protection Team. There is a small amount of agriculture in this watershed, mostly hay and livestock rather than row crops. Agriculture is not considered to be a major contributor to nonpoint sources in this watershed in Wisconsin. The turbidity and sediment carried by the Nemadji and tributaries has been exacerbated by historical land use practices, including the logging and fires in the 1800’s and wetland loss. Strategic forest management and protection of wetlands are the approaches favored for long term management.

Date  2010

Ecological Landscapes for St. Louis and Lower Nemadji River Watershed

Ecological Landscapes

The Superior Coastal Plain is Wisconsin's northernmost Ecological Landscape, bordered on the north by southwestern Lake Superior and on the south by the Northwest Sands, the Northwest Lowlands, and the North Central Forest. The climate is strongly influenced by Lake Superior, resulting in cooler summers, warmer winters, and greater precipitation compared to more inland locations. Exposed coastal areas are subject to significant disturbance from windstorms, waves, ice, currents, and periodic water level fluctuations. These disturbance regimes play a significant role in determining both the landform and vegetation characteristics of the shoreline ecosystems. The major landform in this Ecological Landscape is a nearly level plain of lacustrine clays that slopes gently northward toward Lake Superior. The clay plain is separated into two disjunct segments by the comparatively rugged Bayfield Peninsula. An archipelago of sandstone-cored islands, the Apostles, occurs in Lake Superior just north and east of the Bayfield Peninsula. Wave carved sandstone cliffs bracket stretches of the Peninsula and also occur along the margins of several of the islands. Sand spits are a striking feature of the Lake Superior shoreline, typically separating the waters of the lake from inland lagoons and wetlands. The spits support rare and highly threatened natural communities such as beaches, dunes, interdunal wetlands, and pine barrens, and these in turn are inhabited by specially adapted plants and animals. The mouths of many of the streams entering Lake Superior are submerged, creating freshwater estuaries. A ridge of volcanic igneous rock, primarily basalt, forms the southern boundary of portions of this Ecological Landscape. Historically the Superior Coastal Plain was almost entirely forested. A distinctive mixture of white pine, white spruce, balsam fir, paper birch, balsam poplar, trembling aspen, and white cedar occurred on the lacustrine clays. White pine was strongly dominant in some areas, according to mid-nineteenth century notes left by surveyors of the US General Land Office. Mesic to dry-mesic forests of northern hardwoods or hemlock hardwoods were more prevalent on the glacial tills of the Bayfield Peninsula and throughout the Apostle Islands. Large peatlands occurred along the Lake Superior shoreline, often associated with drowned river mouths and well-developed sand spits. The most extensive of these wetland complexes were on the Bad and St. Louis rivers. A few large peatlands also occurred at inland sites, such as Bibon Swamp, in the upper White River drainage, and Sultz Swamp on the northern Bayfield Peninsula. The present clay plain forest has been fragmented by agricultural use, and today approximately one-third of this landscape is non-forested. Most of the open land is in grass cover, having been cleared and then subsequently pastured or plowed. Aspen and birch forests occupy about 40% of the total land area, having increased in prominence over the boreal conifers. On the Bayfield Peninsula, second-growth northern hardwood forests are interspersed among extensive early successional aspen stands. Older forest successional stages are now rare throughout the Superior Clay Plain.

Date  2010

Hydrologic Features

The St. Louis River System area of concern drains an area of 3,634 square miles in northern Minnesota and Wisconsin, forming a large fresh water estuary at its mouth. The lake actually drowns a portion of the lower river valley and its seiche effect influences river levels in the estuary. The 12,000 acre estuary includes forest, industrial and urban areas and open lands within the twin ports of Superior and Duluth.

Date  2010

St. Louis and Lower Nemadji River Watershed At-a-Glance

Impaired Water in St. Louis and Lower Nemadji River Watershed

Wetland Health

Wetland Status The St. Louis and Lower Nemadji River Watershed lies along Lake Superior’s shoreline, in northwestern portion of Douglas County. Wetlands compromise 0.8% of the current land uses in the watershed. It is estimated that about 71% of the original wetlands in the watershed currently exist. Of these wetlands, forested wetlands (42%) and shrub wetlands (38%) dominate the landscape. Wetland Condition Little is known about the condition of the remaining wetlands but estimates of reed canary grass infestations, an opportunistic aquatic invasive wetland plant, into different wetland types has been estimated based on satellite imagery. This information shows that reed canary grass dominates 47% of the existing shrub wetlands and 31% of the remaining emergent wetlands, which includes wet meadows and marshes. Reed Canary Grass domination inhibits successful establishment of native wetland species. Wetland Restorability Of the 322 acres of estimated lost wetlands in the watershed, approximately 88% are considered potentially restorable based on modeled data, including soil types, land use and land cover (Chris Smith, DNR, 2009).

Date  2010

Potentially Restorable Wetland Analysis

Impaired Waters

St. Louis River and Tributaries The St. Louis River system has consistently exceeded several water quality criteria, including wildlife and human threshold and human cancer for several pollutants sampled in the water column over a number of years (MPCA, “Lake Superior/ Duluth-Superior Harbor Toxics Loading Study,” 1998). Additionally, there are specific Mercury (Hg) and PCB fish consumption advisories for the St. Louis River. Several studies of contaminated sediment in the St. Louis River have provided data on toxins in the sediment. Throughout the harbor, there are intermediate levels of several different toxics, including mercury, PBCs, and PAHs. There are also several known hotspots in various stages of remediation, including Hog Island, Howard’s Bay, and the Kopper’s wood treatment site. In 2010, the impaired waters listing for the St. Louis River was updated in anticipation of a toxins Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) study that began in 2010. The TMDL should aid in better understanding how these widespread intermediate levels of contamination affect the health of organisms that live in the water and sediments. Fish Consumption Advice In addition to the state-wide mercury fish consumption advisory, in this watershed the St. Louis River and Lake Superior have specific advisories for mercury and PCB’s. Many sport fish species in the St. Louis River also spend time in Lake Superior.

Date  2010

List of Impaired Waters

Aquatic Invasive Species

Terrestrial and aquatic invasive plants and animals are present in and adjacent to the watershed. The Duluth-Superior Harbor is the busiest harbor in the Great Lakes. It has been the port of entry for several aquatic invasive species traveling via ballast water. Lake Superior and the St. Louis estuary harbor a wide range of aquatic invasive species such as Eurasian ruffe, zebra mussels, round goby, quagga mussels, and the spiny water flea. The microscopic fish disease Viral Hemorrhagic Septicemia (VHS) was detected in Lake Superior in 2010. The states, including Wisconsin, have been working on ballast water regulations in the absence of federal regulations. Wisconsin is trying to keep aquatic invasive species found in the Great Lakes from spreading to inland waters. The Lake Superior Binational Program has developed a “total prevention plan” for aquatic invasive species. http://www.epa.gov/grtlakes/lakesuperior/ais_draft.html There is also a potential for terrestrial invasive species such as buckthorn, Asian honeysuckle, loosestrife, or others to be transported from established patches along transportation and recreation corridors or nearby urban landscapes. Efforts to build volunteer support for monitoring are encouraged through the Sea Grant Program, Wisconsin River Alliance’s Project RED (Riverine Early Detectors), and programs like UW-Stevens Point’s Clean Boats/Clean Waters, and Citizen Lake Monitoring Network. The Northwoods Invasive Species Cooperative also acts as an inter-agency/citizen team working to increase awareness and reduce transmission of invasive species across the Lake Superior watershed.

Date  2010

Aquatic Invasive Species

A number of introduced species in the Lake Superior basin have caused problems for native flora and fauna. A common avenue of introduction has been through the ballast water of ships from outside the region. The shipping industry has made efforts to reduce the risk of transporting exotics and regulations now require ballast water be exchanged before entering the lakes. In the St. Louis River, the Eurasian ruffe, a type of perch, has become so prolific it has become the most numerous species. The RAP recommends limiting the ruffe by restoring and maintaining a healthy, resilient and diverse aquatic ecosystem, not through eradication efforts unless success can be assured. The RAP advises the continued research on the basic biology and behavior of the ruffe, perhaps to identify a weak link in ruffe physiology, genetics or behavior that might lead to control measures. The RAP further recommends state and federal efforts to help prevent such transport of exotics through regulations. Jointly, WDNR and Minnesota DNR have initiated predator enhancement in the river by restricting angler harvest and increasing the stocking of native fish. Management efforts continue to include assessing the St. Louis estuary fish community. More research needs to be conducted to determine whether the ruffe has actually caused harm to the native fishery. While some reports have suggested that native yellow perch and walleye populations have declined, other observations have shown large year-classes for both species since ruffe introduction. Impacts of ruffe on other species will likely not be evident for years (Pratt 1996). A few species that co-habit the ruffe niche, such as black bullhead and trout perch, have shown some signs of decline, but it is yet to be determined if this is related to ruffe abundance (Pratt 1996).

Date  1991

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Watershed Documents
Watershed Grants
Grant Details
Aquatic Invasives Education
Date
4/1/2011
Waters Involved
Bear Creek
Status
Complete

City Of Superior: Riparian Landowners Education Project: The City of Superior is sponsoring an AIS prevention and education project including an awareness program for riparian owners\2019 education about inspection and AIS prevention, education workshops, enroll riparian owners in Superior to monitor for AIS, education for AIS removal, and assistance with native plant restoration.

Deliverables include a comprehensive report including: 1) Report on public awareness activities and enrollment of riparian owners including copies of brochures, educational materials, and mailings; 2) Report on Riparian Owner Survey; 3) Verification of workshops/training such as attendance lists or agendas; 4) Shoreline aquatic plant monitoring results of any detected invasive species with appropriate maps; 5) Report on invasive plant removal activities; 6) Report on native plant restoration activities; 7) Stormwater pollution prevention awareness activities; 8) Report on other public outreach activities or AIS related materials generated or paid for by this grant.

Special conditions for this project: The project sponsor shall immediately contact the DNR in the event of a new aquatic invasive species infestation.

This scope summarizes the project detail provided in the application and does not negate tasks/deliverables described therein. Data, records, and reports, including GIS-based maps and digital images, must be submitted to the Department in a format specified by the AIS Coordinator. It is recommended that Grantee provide AIS Coordinator with a draft final report. If consultant is to provide final report, it is recommended that Grantee provide AIS Coordinator with a draft for comment on report adequacy prior to making final payment to the consultant. The DNR shall receive a paper and electronic copy of the final report


Grant Details
Aquatic Invasives Education
Date
4/1/2011
Waters Involved
Bluff Creek
Status
Complete

City Of Superior: Riparian Landowners Education Project: The City of Superior is sponsoring an AIS prevention and education project including an awareness program for riparian owners\2019 education about inspection and AIS prevention, education workshops, enroll riparian owners in Superior to monitor for AIS, education for AIS removal, and assistance with native plant restoration.

Deliverables include a comprehensive report including: 1) Report on public awareness activities and enrollment of riparian owners including copies of brochures, educational materials, and mailings; 2) Report on Riparian Owner Survey; 3) Verification of workshops/training such as attendance lists or agendas; 4) Shoreline aquatic plant monitoring results of any detected invasive species with appropriate maps; 5) Report on invasive plant removal activities; 6) Report on native plant restoration activities; 7) Stormwater pollution prevention awareness activities; 8) Report on other public outreach activities or AIS related materials generated or paid for by this grant.

Special conditions for this project: The project sponsor shall immediately contact the DNR in the event of a new aquatic invasive species infestation.

This scope summarizes the project detail provided in the application and does not negate tasks/deliverables described therein. Data, records, and reports, including GIS-based maps and digital images, must be submitted to the Department in a format specified by the AIS Coordinator. It is recommended that Grantee provide AIS Coordinator with a draft final report. If consultant is to provide final report, it is recommended that Grantee provide AIS Coordinator with a draft for comment on report adequacy prior to making final payment to the consultant. The DNR shall receive a paper and electronic copy of the final report


Grant Details
Aquatic Invasives Education
Date
4/1/2011
Waters Involved
Dutchman Creek
Status
Complete

City Of Superior: Riparian Landowners Education Project: The City of Superior is sponsoring an AIS prevention and education project including an awareness program for riparian owners\2019 education about inspection and AIS prevention, education workshops, enroll riparian owners in Superior to monitor for AIS, education for AIS removal, and assistance with native plant restoration.

Deliverables include a comprehensive report including: 1) Report on public awareness activities and enrollment of riparian owners including copies of brochures, educational materials, and mailings; 2) Report on Riparian Owner Survey; 3) Verification of workshops/training such as attendance lists or agendas; 4) Shoreline aquatic plant monitoring results of any detected invasive species with appropriate maps; 5) Report on invasive plant removal activities; 6) Report on native plant restoration activities; 7) Stormwater pollution prevention awareness activities; 8) Report on other public outreach activities or AIS related materials generated or paid for by this grant.

Special conditions for this project: The project sponsor shall immediately contact the DNR in the event of a new aquatic invasive species infestation.

This scope summarizes the project detail provided in the application and does not negate tasks/deliverables described therein. Data, records, and reports, including GIS-based maps and digital images, must be submitted to the Department in a format specified by the AIS Coordinator. It is recommended that Grantee provide AIS Coordinator with a draft final report. If consultant is to provide final report, it is recommended that Grantee provide AIS Coordinator with a draft for comment on report adequacy prior to making final payment to the consultant. The DNR shall receive a paper and electronic copy of the final report


Grant Details
Aquatic Invasives Education
Date
4/1/2011
Waters Involved
Lake Superior
Status
Complete

City Of Superior: Riparian Landowners Education Project: The City of Superior is sponsoring an AIS prevention and education project including an awareness program for riparian owners\2019 education about inspection and AIS prevention, education workshops, enroll riparian owners in Superior to monitor for AIS, education for AIS removal, and assistance with native plant restoration.

Deliverables include a comprehensive report including: 1) Report on public awareness activities and enrollment of riparian owners including copies of brochures, educational materials, and mailings; 2) Report on Riparian Owner Survey; 3) Verification of workshops/training such as attendance lists or agendas; 4) Shoreline aquatic plant monitoring results of any detected invasive species with appropriate maps; 5) Report on invasive plant removal activities; 6) Report on native plant restoration activities; 7) Stormwater pollution prevention awareness activities; 8) Report on other public outreach activities or AIS related materials generated or paid for by this grant.

Special conditions for this project: The project sponsor shall immediately contact the DNR in the event of a new aquatic invasive species infestation.

This scope summarizes the project detail provided in the application and does not negate tasks/deliverables described therein. Data, records, and reports, including GIS-based maps and digital images, must be submitted to the Department in a format specified by the AIS Coordinator. It is recommended that Grantee provide AIS Coordinator with a draft final report. If consultant is to provide final report, it is recommended that Grantee provide AIS Coordinator with a draft for comment on report adequacy prior to making final payment to the consultant. The DNR shall receive a paper and electronic copy of the final report


Grant Details
Aquatic Invasives Education
Date
4/1/2011
Waters Involved
Little Pokegama River
Status
Complete

City Of Superior: Riparian Landowners Education Project: The City of Superior is sponsoring an AIS prevention and education project including an awareness program for riparian owners\2019 education about inspection and AIS prevention, education workshops, enroll riparian owners in Superior to monitor for AIS, education for AIS removal, and assistance with native plant restoration.

Deliverables include a comprehensive report including: 1) Report on public awareness activities and enrollment of riparian owners including copies of brochures, educational materials, and mailings; 2) Report on Riparian Owner Survey; 3) Verification of workshops/training such as attendance lists or agendas; 4) Shoreline aquatic plant monitoring results of any detected invasive species with appropriate maps; 5) Report on invasive plant removal activities; 6) Report on native plant restoration activities; 7) Stormwater pollution prevention awareness activities; 8) Report on other public outreach activities or AIS related materials generated or paid for by this grant.

Special conditions for this project: The project sponsor shall immediately contact the DNR in the event of a new aquatic invasive species infestation.

This scope summarizes the project detail provided in the application and does not negate tasks/deliverables described therein. Data, records, and reports, including GIS-based maps and digital images, must be submitted to the Department in a format specified by the AIS Coordinator. It is recommended that Grantee provide AIS Coordinator with a draft final report. If consultant is to provide final report, it is recommended that Grantee provide AIS Coordinator with a draft for comment on report adequacy prior to making final payment to the consultant. The DNR shall receive a paper and electronic copy of the final report


Grant Details
Aquatic Invasives Education
Date
4/1/2011
Waters Involved
Morrison Creek
Status
Complete

City Of Superior: Riparian Landowners Education Project: The City of Superior is sponsoring an AIS prevention and education project including an awareness program for riparian owners\2019 education about inspection and AIS prevention, education workshops, enroll riparian owners in Superior to monitor for AIS, education for AIS removal, and assistance with native plant restoration.

Deliverables include a comprehensive report including: 1) Report on public awareness activities and enrollment of riparian owners including copies of brochures, educational materials, and mailings; 2) Report on Riparian Owner Survey; 3) Verification of workshops/training such as attendance lists or agendas; 4) Shoreline aquatic plant monitoring results of any detected invasive species with appropriate maps; 5) Report on invasive plant removal activities; 6) Report on native plant restoration activities; 7) Stormwater pollution prevention awareness activities; 8) Report on other public outreach activities or AIS related materials generated or paid for by this grant.

Special conditions for this project: The project sponsor shall immediately contact the DNR in the event of a new aquatic invasive species infestation.

This scope summarizes the project detail provided in the application and does not negate tasks/deliverables described therein. Data, records, and reports, including GIS-based maps and digital images, must be submitted to the Department in a format specified by the AIS Coordinator. It is recommended that Grantee provide AIS Coordinator with a draft final report. If consultant is to provide final report, it is recommended that Grantee provide AIS Coordinator with a draft for comment on report adequacy prior to making final payment to the consultant. The DNR shall receive a paper and electronic copy of the final report


Grant Details
Aquatic Invasives Education
Date
4/1/2011
Waters Involved
Nemadji River
Status
Complete

City Of Superior: Riparian Landowners Education Project: The City of Superior is sponsoring an AIS prevention and education project including an awareness program for riparian owners\2019 education about inspection and AIS prevention, education workshops, enroll riparian owners in Superior to monitor for AIS, education for AIS removal, and assistance with native plant restoration.

Deliverables include a comprehensive report including: 1) Report on public awareness activities and enrollment of riparian owners including copies of brochures, educational materials, and mailings; 2) Report on Riparian Owner Survey; 3) Verification of workshops/training such as attendance lists or agendas; 4) Shoreline aquatic plant monitoring results of any detected invasive species with appropriate maps; 5) Report on invasive plant removal activities; 6) Report on native plant restoration activities; 7) Stormwater pollution prevention awareness activities; 8) Report on other public outreach activities or AIS related materials generated or paid for by this grant.

Special conditions for this project: The project sponsor shall immediately contact the DNR in the event of a new aquatic invasive species infestation.

This scope summarizes the project detail provided in the application and does not negate tasks/deliverables described therein. Data, records, and reports, including GIS-based maps and digital images, must be submitted to the Department in a format specified by the AIS Coordinator. It is recommended that Grantee provide AIS Coordinator with a draft final report. If consultant is to provide final report, it is recommended that Grantee provide AIS Coordinator with a draft for comment on report adequacy prior to making final payment to the consultant. The DNR shall receive a paper and electronic copy of the final report


Grant Details
Aquatic Invasives Education
Date
4/1/2011
Waters Involved
Newton Creek
Status
Complete

City Of Superior: Riparian Landowners Education Project: The City of Superior is sponsoring an AIS prevention and education project including an awareness program for riparian owners\2019 education about inspection and AIS prevention, education workshops, enroll riparian owners in Superior to monitor for AIS, education for AIS removal, and assistance with native plant restoration.

Deliverables include a comprehensive report including: 1) Report on public awareness activities and enrollment of riparian owners including copies of brochures, educational materials, and mailings; 2) Report on Riparian Owner Survey; 3) Verification of workshops/training such as attendance lists or agendas; 4) Shoreline aquatic plant monitoring results of any detected invasive species with appropriate maps; 5) Report on invasive plant removal activities; 6) Report on native plant restoration activities; 7) Stormwater pollution prevention awareness activities; 8) Report on other public outreach activities or AIS related materials generated or paid for by this grant.

Special conditions for this project: The project sponsor shall immediately contact the DNR in the event of a new aquatic invasive species infestation.

This scope summarizes the project detail provided in the application and does not negate tasks/deliverables described therein. Data, records, and reports, including GIS-based maps and digital images, must be submitted to the Department in a format specified by the AIS Coordinator. It is recommended that Grantee provide AIS Coordinator with a draft final report. If consultant is to provide final report, it is recommended that Grantee provide AIS Coordinator with a draft for comment on report adequacy prior to making final payment to the consultant. The DNR shall receive a paper and electronic copy of the final report


Grant Details
Aquatic Invasives Education
Date
4/1/2011
Waters Involved
Pokegama River
Status
Complete

City Of Superior: Riparian Landowners Education Project: The City of Superior is sponsoring an AIS prevention and education project including an awareness program for riparian owners\2019 education about inspection and AIS prevention, education workshops, enroll riparian owners in Superior to monitor for AIS, education for AIS removal, and assistance with native plant restoration.

Deliverables include a comprehensive report including: 1) Report on public awareness activities and enrollment of riparian owners including copies of brochures, educational materials, and mailings; 2) Report on Riparian Owner Survey; 3) Verification of workshops/training such as attendance lists or agendas; 4) Shoreline aquatic plant monitoring results of any detected invasive species with appropriate maps; 5) Report on invasive plant removal activities; 6) Report on native plant restoration activities; 7) Stormwater pollution prevention awareness activities; 8) Report on other public outreach activities or AIS related materials generated or paid for by this grant.

Special conditions for this project: The project sponsor shall immediately contact the DNR in the event of a new aquatic invasive species infestation.

This scope summarizes the project detail provided in the application and does not negate tasks/deliverables described therein. Data, records, and reports, including GIS-based maps and digital images, must be submitted to the Department in a format specified by the AIS Coordinator. It is recommended that Grantee provide AIS Coordinator with a draft final report. If consultant is to provide final report, it is recommended that Grantee provide AIS Coordinator with a draft for comment on report adequacy prior to making final payment to the consultant. The DNR shall receive a paper and electronic copy of the final report


Grant Details
Aquatic Invasives Education
Date
4/1/2011
Waters Involved
Saint Louis River
Status
Complete

City Of Superior: Riparian Landowners Education Project: The City of Superior is sponsoring an AIS prevention and education project including an awareness program for riparian owners\2019 education about inspection and AIS prevention, education workshops, enroll riparian owners in Superior to monitor for AIS, education for AIS removal, and assistance with native plant restoration.

Deliverables include a comprehensive report including: 1) Report on public awareness activities and enrollment of riparian owners including copies of brochures, educational materials, and mailings; 2) Report on Riparian Owner Survey; 3) Verification of workshops/training such as attendance lists or agendas; 4) Shoreline aquatic plant monitoring results of any detected invasive species with appropriate maps; 5) Report on invasive plant removal activities; 6) Report on native plant restoration activities; 7) Stormwater pollution prevention awareness activities; 8) Report on other public outreach activities or AIS related materials generated or paid for by this grant.

Special conditions for this project: The project sponsor shall immediately contact the DNR in the event of a new aquatic invasive species infestation.

This scope summarizes the project detail provided in the application and does not negate tasks/deliverables described therein. Data, records, and reports, including GIS-based maps and digital images, must be submitted to the Department in a format specified by the AIS Coordinator. It is recommended that Grantee provide AIS Coordinator with a draft final report. If consultant is to provide final report, it is recommended that Grantee provide AIS Coordinator with a draft for comment on report adequacy prior to making final payment to the consultant. The DNR shall receive a paper and electronic copy of the final report


Grant Details
Aquatic Invasives Education
Date
4/1/2011
Waters Involved
Spirit Lake
Status
Complete

City Of Superior: Riparian Landowners Education Project: The City of Superior is sponsoring an AIS prevention and education project including an awareness program for riparian owners\2019 education about inspection and AIS prevention, education workshops, enroll riparian owners in Superior to monitor for AIS, education for AIS removal, and assistance with native plant restoration.

Deliverables include a comprehensive report including: 1) Report on public awareness activities and enrollment of riparian owners including copies of brochures, educational materials, and mailings; 2) Report on Riparian Owner Survey; 3) Verification of workshops/training such as attendance lists or agendas; 4) Shoreline aquatic plant monitoring results of any detected invasive species with appropriate maps; 5) Report on invasive plant removal activities; 6) Report on native plant restoration activities; 7) Stormwater pollution prevention awareness activities; 8) Report on other public outreach activities or AIS related materials generated or paid for by this grant.

Special conditions for this project: The project sponsor shall immediately contact the DNR in the event of a new aquatic invasive species infestation.

This scope summarizes the project detail provided in the application and does not negate tasks/deliverables described therein. Data, records, and reports, including GIS-based maps and digital images, must be submitted to the Department in a format specified by the AIS Coordinator. It is recommended that Grantee provide AIS Coordinator with a draft final report. If consultant is to provide final report, it is recommended that Grantee provide AIS Coordinator with a draft for comment on report adequacy prior to making final payment to the consultant. The DNR shall receive a paper and electronic copy of the final report


Grant Details
Aquatic Invasives Education
Date
4/1/2011
Waters Involved
Unnamed
Status
Complete

City Of Superior: Riparian Landowners Education Project: The City of Superior is sponsoring an AIS prevention and education project including an awareness program for riparian owners\2019 education about inspection and AIS prevention, education workshops, enroll riparian owners in Superior to monitor for AIS, education for AIS removal, and assistance with native plant restoration.

Deliverables include a comprehensive report including: 1) Report on public awareness activities and enrollment of riparian owners including copies of brochures, educational materials, and mailings; 2) Report on Riparian Owner Survey; 3) Verification of workshops/training such as attendance lists or agendas; 4) Shoreline aquatic plant monitoring results of any detected invasive species with appropriate maps; 5) Report on invasive plant removal activities; 6) Report on native plant restoration activities; 7) Stormwater pollution prevention awareness activities; 8) Report on other public outreach activities or AIS related materials generated or paid for by this grant.

Special conditions for this project: The project sponsor shall immediately contact the DNR in the event of a new aquatic invasive species infestation.

This scope summarizes the project detail provided in the application and does not negate tasks/deliverables described therein. Data, records, and reports, including GIS-based maps and digital images, must be submitted to the Department in a format specified by the AIS Coordinator. It is recommended that Grantee provide AIS Coordinator with a draft final report. If consultant is to provide final report, it is recommended that Grantee provide AIS Coordinator with a draft for comment on report adequacy prior to making final payment to the consultant. The DNR shall receive a paper and electronic copy of the final report


Grant Details
Nearshore Health and NPS
Date
10/1/2010
Waters Involved
Lake Superior
Status
Proposed

Lsri - Lake Superior Nearshore Monitoring: Under this project and with assistance from WDNR, Lake Superior Research Institute (LSRI) will conduct a comprehensive ecological assessment of Wisconsin's Lake Superior basin communities identified as priority areas by the WDNR Plan. Sites and parameters proposed in this project were selected using guidance from the Wisconsin Great Lakes Strategy, the Lake Superior Binational Work Group 2011 Monitoring Priorities, and discussions with WDNR Lake Superior fisheries biologists and resource managers and are identified in the WDNR Plan. Sites included in the project are not part of the National Coastal Condition Assessment.


Grant Details
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
4/1/2000
Waters Involved
Deer Lake
Status
Complete

Town Of Oakland: Tw. Oakland, Watershed & Land Use Plan: The Town of Oakland will conduct a watershed and land use planning project addressing resource protection for all lakes, streams, shorelands, wetlands, watersheds and other lands in the Township of Oakland in Douglas County. Project activities will include the formation of a Citizen Planning Committee, establishing the scope of the town planning project, conducting I & E and listening public meetings, and developing goals and policies for long-range land use and shorelands protection planning.

Specific deliverables for this grant project will include:
1) Copies of meetings notes, I & E materials, survey results, and newspaper notices.
2) Copies of all resource maps developed during project
3) A copy of the final report for this project

The Department of Natural Resources will be provided with both a paper copy and an electronic copy of the final report. The project results will be disseminated to the public by newsletter(s), public meeting(s), and local newspaper articles.


Grant Details
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
4/1/2000
Waters Involved
Dowling Lake
Status
Complete

Town Of Oakland: Tw. Oakland, Watershed & Land Use Plan: The Town of Oakland will conduct a watershed and land use planning project addressing resource protection for all lakes, streams, shorelands, wetlands, watersheds and other lands in the Township of Oakland in Douglas County. Project activities will include the formation of a Citizen Planning Committee, establishing the scope of the town planning project, conducting I & E and listening public meetings, and developing goals and policies for long-range land use and shorelands protection planning.

Specific deliverables for this grant project will include:
1) Copies of meetings notes, I & E materials, survey results, and newspaper notices.
2) Copies of all resource maps developed during project
3) A copy of the final report for this project

The Department of Natural Resources will be provided with both a paper copy and an electronic copy of the final report. The project results will be disseminated to the public by newsletter(s), public meeting(s), and local newspaper articles.


Grant Details
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
4/1/2000
Waters Involved
Lake Newman
Status
Complete

Town Of Oakland: Tw. Oakland, Watershed & Land Use Plan: The Town of Oakland will conduct a watershed and land use planning project addressing resource protection for all lakes, streams, shorelands, wetlands, watersheds and other lands in the Township of Oakland in Douglas County. Project activities will include the formation of a Citizen Planning Committee, establishing the scope of the town planning project, conducting I & E and listening public meetings, and developing goals and policies for long-range land use and shorelands protection planning.

Specific deliverables for this grant project will include:
1) Copies of meetings notes, I & E materials, survey results, and newspaper notices.
2) Copies of all resource maps developed during project
3) A copy of the final report for this project

The Department of Natural Resources will be provided with both a paper copy and an electronic copy of the final report. The project results will be disseminated to the public by newsletter(s), public meeting(s), and local newspaper articles.


Grant Details
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
4/1/2000
Waters Involved
Long Lake
Status
Complete

Town Of Oakland: Tw. Oakland, Watershed & Land Use Plan: The Town of Oakland will conduct a watershed and land use planning project addressing resource protection for all lakes, streams, shorelands, wetlands, watersheds and other lands in the Township of Oakland in Douglas County. Project activities will include the formation of a Citizen Planning Committee, establishing the scope of the town planning project, conducting I & E and listening public meetings, and developing goals and policies for long-range land use and shorelands protection planning.

Specific deliverables for this grant project will include:
1) Copies of meetings notes, I & E materials, survey results, and newspaper notices.
2) Copies of all resource maps developed during project
3) A copy of the final report for this project

The Department of Natural Resources will be provided with both a paper copy and an electronic copy of the final report. The project results will be disseminated to the public by newsletter(s), public meeting(s), and local newspaper articles.


Grant Details
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
4/1/2000
Waters Involved
Lyman Lake
Status
Complete

Town Of Oakland: Tw. Oakland, Watershed & Land Use Plan: The Town of Oakland will conduct a watershed and land use planning project addressing resource protection for all lakes, streams, shorelands, wetlands, watersheds and other lands in the Township of Oakland in Douglas County. Project activities will include the formation of a Citizen Planning Committee, establishing the scope of the town planning project, conducting I & E and listening public meetings, and developing goals and policies for long-range land use and shorelands protection planning.

Specific deliverables for this grant project will include:
1) Copies of meetings notes, I & E materials, survey results, and newspaper notices.
2) Copies of all resource maps developed during project
3) A copy of the final report for this project

The Department of Natural Resources will be provided with both a paper copy and an electronic copy of the final report. The project results will be disseminated to the public by newsletter(s), public meeting(s), and local newspaper articles.


Grant Details
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
4/1/2000
Waters Involved
Moose Lake
Status
Complete

Town Of Oakland: Tw. Oakland, Watershed & Land Use Plan: The Town of Oakland will conduct a watershed and land use planning project addressing resource protection for all lakes, streams, shorelands, wetlands, watersheds and other lands in the Township of Oakland in Douglas County. Project activities will include the formation of a Citizen Planning Committee, establishing the scope of the town planning project, conducting I & E and listening public meetings, and developing goals and policies for long-range land use and shorelands protection planning.

Specific deliverables for this grant project will include:
1) Copies of meetings notes, I & E materials, survey results, and newspaper notices.
2) Copies of all resource maps developed during project
3) A copy of the final report for this project

The Department of Natural Resources will be provided with both a paper copy and an electronic copy of the final report. The project results will be disseminated to the public by newsletter(s), public meeting(s), and local newspaper articles.


Grant Details
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
4/1/2000
Waters Involved
One Buck Lake
Status
Complete

Town Of Oakland: Tw. Oakland, Watershed & Land Use Plan: The Town of Oakland will conduct a watershed and land use planning project addressing resource protection for all lakes, streams, shorelands, wetlands, watersheds and other lands in the Township of Oakland in Douglas County. Project activities will include the formation of a Citizen Planning Committee, establishing the scope of the town planning project, conducting I & E and listening public meetings, and developing goals and policies for long-range land use and shorelands protection planning.

Specific deliverables for this grant project will include:
1) Copies of meetings notes, I & E materials, survey results, and newspaper notices.
2) Copies of all resource maps developed during project
3) A copy of the final report for this project

The Department of Natural Resources will be provided with both a paper copy and an electronic copy of the final report. The project results will be disseminated to the public by newsletter(s), public meeting(s), and local newspaper articles.


Grant Details
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
4/1/2000
Waters Involved
Round Lake
Status
Complete

Town Of Oakland: Tw. Oakland, Watershed & Land Use Plan: The Town of Oakland will conduct a watershed and land use planning project addressing resource protection for all lakes, streams, shorelands, wetlands, watersheds and other lands in the Township of Oakland in Douglas County. Project activities will include the formation of a Citizen Planning Committee, establishing the scope of the town planning project, conducting I & E and listening public meetings, and developing goals and policies for long-range land use and shorelands protection planning.

Specific deliverables for this grant project will include:
1) Copies of meetings notes, I & E materials, survey results, and newspaper notices.
2) Copies of all resource maps developed during project
3) A copy of the final report for this project

The Department of Natural Resources will be provided with both a paper copy and an electronic copy of the final report. The project results will be disseminated to the public by newsletter(s), public meeting(s), and local newspaper articles.


Grant Details
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
4/1/2000
Waters Involved
Scout Lake
Status
Complete

Town Of Oakland: Tw. Oakland, Watershed & Land Use Plan: The Town of Oakland will conduct a watershed and land use planning project addressing resource protection for all lakes, streams, shorelands, wetlands, watersheds and other lands in the Township of Oakland in Douglas County. Project activities will include the formation of a Citizen Planning Committee, establishing the scope of the town planning project, conducting I & E and listening public meetings, and developing goals and policies for long-range land use and shorelands protection planning.

Specific deliverables for this grant project will include:
1) Copies of meetings notes, I & E materials, survey results, and newspaper notices.
2) Copies of all resource maps developed during project
3) A copy of the final report for this project

The Department of Natural Resources will be provided with both a paper copy and an electronic copy of the final report. The project results will be disseminated to the public by newsletter(s), public meeting(s), and local newspaper articles.


Grant Details
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
4/1/2000
Waters Involved
Three Buck Lakes, Lower
Status
Complete

Town Of Oakland: Tw. Oakland, Watershed & Land Use Plan: The Town of Oakland will conduct a watershed and land use planning project addressing resource protection for all lakes, streams, shorelands, wetlands, watersheds and other lands in the Township of Oakland in Douglas County. Project activities will include the formation of a Citizen Planning Committee, establishing the scope of the town planning project, conducting I & E and listening public meetings, and developing goals and policies for long-range land use and shorelands protection planning.

Specific deliverables for this grant project will include:
1) Copies of meetings notes, I & E materials, survey results, and newspaper notices.
2) Copies of all resource maps developed during project
3) A copy of the final report for this project

The Department of Natural Resources will be provided with both a paper copy and an electronic copy of the final report. The project results will be disseminated to the public by newsletter(s), public meeting(s), and local newspaper articles.


Grant Details
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
4/1/2000
Waters Involved
Three Buck Lakes, Upper
Status
Complete

Town Of Oakland: Tw. Oakland, Watershed & Land Use Plan: The Town of Oakland will conduct a watershed and land use planning project addressing resource protection for all lakes, streams, shorelands, wetlands, watersheds and other lands in the Township of Oakland in Douglas County. Project activities will include the formation of a Citizen Planning Committee, establishing the scope of the town planning project, conducting I & E and listening public meetings, and developing goals and policies for long-range land use and shorelands protection planning.

Specific deliverables for this grant project will include:
1) Copies of meetings notes, I & E materials, survey results, and newspaper notices.
2) Copies of all resource maps developed during project
3) A copy of the final report for this project

The Department of Natural Resources will be provided with both a paper copy and an electronic copy of the final report. The project results will be disseminated to the public by newsletter(s), public meeting(s), and local newspaper articles.


Grant Details
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
4/1/2000
Waters Involved
Three Bucks Lakes
Status
Complete

Town Of Oakland: Tw. Oakland, Watershed & Land Use Plan: The Town of Oakland will conduct a watershed and land use planning project addressing resource protection for all lakes, streams, shorelands, wetlands, watersheds and other lands in the Township of Oakland in Douglas County. Project activities will include the formation of a Citizen Planning Committee, establishing the scope of the town planning project, conducting I & E and listening public meetings, and developing goals and policies for long-range land use and shorelands protection planning.

Specific deliverables for this grant project will include:
1) Copies of meetings notes, I & E materials, survey results, and newspaper notices.
2) Copies of all resource maps developed during project
3) A copy of the final report for this project

The Department of Natural Resources will be provided with both a paper copy and an electronic copy of the final report. The project results will be disseminated to the public by newsletter(s), public meeting(s), and local newspaper articles.


Grant Details
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
4/1/2000
Waters Involved
Unnamed
Status
Complete

Town Of Oakland: Tw. Oakland, Watershed & Land Use Plan: The Town of Oakland will conduct a watershed and land use planning project addressing resource protection for all lakes, streams, shorelands, wetlands, watersheds and other lands in the Township of Oakland in Douglas County. Project activities will include the formation of a Citizen Planning Committee, establishing the scope of the town planning project, conducting I & E and listening public meetings, and developing goals and policies for long-range land use and shorelands protection planning.

Specific deliverables for this grant project will include:
1) Copies of meetings notes, I & E materials, survey results, and newspaper notices.
2) Copies of all resource maps developed during project
3) A copy of the final report for this project

The Department of Natural Resources will be provided with both a paper copy and an electronic copy of the final report. The project results will be disseminated to the public by newsletter(s), public meeting(s), and local newspaper articles.


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.

Monitoring Studies

Monitoring projects in this watershed include citizen based stream monitoring, various fisheries “baseline” monitor­ing and targeted fieldwork to gain specific knowledge related to Wisconsin’s fish communities, aquatic invasive species monitoring in cooperation with UW-Extension and Wisconsin Sea Grant.

Date  2010

St. Louis and Lower Nemadji River Watershed

Goals

8/28/2010
Water Quality Goals for the watershed include: 1) Reduction of contaminant loads from various sources to help restore area waters to healthy ecological state. 2) Complete investigations of new techniques and practices to resolve inplace contaminant issues. 3) Establish and support high level partnership with local, regional and international partners to collaborate on successful restoration projects.

Priorities

8/28/2010
Priority Issues include: 1) Work to restore the area and delist the Area of Concern 2) Remove contaminated sediments from known contaminated 'hot spots'. 3) Restore Hog Island Inlet 4) Support projects that reduce sediment loading into area surface waters, such as cost-share incentives for agricultural landowners and urban areas producing municipal stormwater. 5) Promote projects that protect and restore wetlands in the watershed. 6) Promote projects that maintain oligotrophic (clear, clean) status of Lake Superior.
Watershed Recommendations
Aquatic Plant Monitoring or Survey
 
Date
Status
Support USGS in their tree swallow sampling to determine post-remediation contaminant levels in biota near Newton Creek.
10/5/2010
Proposed
 
Habitat Restoration - Instream
 
Date
Status
Inventory, assess, and analyze habitat enhancement/rehabilitation opportunities in the St. Louis River and Lower Nemadji watershed.
10/5/2010
Proposed
 
Monitor AOC Beneficial Use Impairments
Newton Creek
Date
Status
Newton Creek
7/1/2008
In Progress
Projects
 
Monitor Aquatic Biology
Monitor biology on WBIC: 2845800
Date
Status
Conduct biological (mIBI or fIBI) monitoring on Red River, WBIC: 2845800, AU:17470
5/21/2016
Proposed
Projects
 
Monitor Aquatic Biology
Monitor biology on WBIC: 3000143
Date
Status
Conduct biological (mIBI or fIBI) monitoring on Unnamed, WBIC: 3000143, AU:1517167
5/21/2016
Proposed
Projects
 
Monitor EPA SP12 (Measure W)
 
Date
Status
Recommend continued special project for biological monitoring of the invertebrate and fish community (HBIs and FBIs). This work is ongoing as part of a 3-year project (2008-2010) to assess the biological recovery of Newton Creek after clean up and restoration efforts, to determine whether it can be delisted. Recommend sediment monitoring for previous contaminants also.
10/5/2010
In Progress
 
Monitor Fish Community
Little Pokegama River fIBI
Date
Status
AU 17469, poor fIBI, Station 10015473
1/1/2018
Proposed
Projects
 
Monitor Fish Community
 
Date
Status
Sampling of the fish community and habitat evaluation of Copper Creek is recommended to more appropriately identify current and potential trout stream reaches (presence/absence) in Copper Creek, and how to best designate non-trout water. Assessment for potential impacts of beaver to the Copper Creek fishery could also be considered.
10/5/2010
Proposed
 
Monitor Targeted Area
 
Date
Status
Future 303(d) assessment and monitoring of the Red River and several tributaries is recommended to determine current status of stream/watershed condition and to confirm brook trout presence/absence.
10/5/2010
Proposed
 
Monitor Targeted Area
 
Date
Status
Future condition monitoring or preliminary 303(d) assessment of Stony Brook is recommended to evaluate it for existing and potential biological uses, and for potential impairment. Monitoring should include fish and invertebrate sampling in addition to habitat assessment to confirm current use and overall stream condition, as well as to verify the appropriate attainable use designation.
10/5/2010
Proposed
 
Monitor Targeted Area
 
Date
Status
Further monitoring to the status of Bluff Creek (and unnamed tributaries: WBICs - 2833400, 2833500, 2833900) to conclusively determine if it is meeting appropriate fish and aquatic life uses, and if it should be included on 303(d) list. Effort should include monitoring for potential habitat, turbidity (sedimentation/TSS), and phosphorus impairments.
10/5/2010
Proposed
 
Monitor Targeted Area
 
Date
Status
Complete future condition monitoring and determine appropriate use designations for Dutchman Creek.
10/5/2010
Proposed
 
Monitor Targeted Area
 
Date
Status
Further monitoring is recommended to conclusively determine the status of Bear Creek with regard to whether it is meeting appropriate fish and aquatic life uses, and whether Bear Creek should be included on the 303(d) list. Monitoring is currently planned for 2010-11 with sampling efforts to include monitoring for potential habitat and turbidity (sedimentation/TSS) impairments, and also phosphorus levels.
10/5/2010
Proposed
 
Monitor Targeted Area
 
Date
Status
Recommend future condition monitoring or future 303(d) evaluation of Rocky Run for possible impairments, including invertebrate sampling and further fish IBI sampling to confirm current use status, and also natural community designation if possible.
10/5/2010
Proposed
 
Monitor Targeted Area
 
Date
Status
Continued biological sampling and monitoring for pollutants/contaminants of Faxon Creek and unnamed tributaries should be a high priority to verify its condition, and to determine whether it should be added to the 303(d) list. Monitoring should include sampling for turbidity, TSS, nutrients (phosphorus) and sediment contamination (PAHs and metals). Work is tentatively planned in 2010, depending on special project funding.
10/5/2010
Proposed
 
Monitor Targeted Area
 
Date
Status
Future condition monitoring is recommended to evaluate Morrison Creek for existing and potential biological uses. Monitoring should include fish and invertebrate sampling in addition to habitat assessment to confirm current use and overall stream condition, as well as to verify the appropriate attainable use designation.
10/5/2010
Proposed
 
Monitor Water Quality or Sediment
Newton Creek TP
Date
Status
Category 5A with additional 5A for biology. 2018 TP Results: May Exceed. Station: 163325. AU: 305141.
1/1/2018
Proposed
Projects
 
Monitor for Use Designation
 
Date
Status
Condition monitoring and evaluation of the Pokegama River, Little Pokegama River, and tributary streams for most appropriate current, attainable, and designated use categories throughout both stream watersheds is recommended. [09/10]
6/1/2011
Proposed
 
Monitor for Use Designation
 
Date
Status
Sample fish community to evaluate if current use designation (class II trout) is appropriate. [KO 11/10]
6/1/2011
Proposed
 
Monitor or Propose 303(d) Listing
 
Date
Status
Collect additional data on the unnamed tributary from the Four Corners School WPDES outfall, to determine most appropriate use designation and for potential 303(d) listing. [09/10]
6/1/2011
Proposed
 
Monitor or Propose 303(d) Listing
 
Date
Status
Continue post-remediation water quality sampling and biological monitoring on Newton Creek and Hog Island Inlet to determine if these waters can be removed from the 303(d) list.
10/5/2010
Proposed
 
Monitor or Propose 303(d) Listing
 
Date
Status
Contaminated sediment data collected in 2007 should be analyzed and used in future impaired waters evaluations.
10/5/2010
Proposed
 
Monitor or Propose 303(d) Listing
 
Date
Status
Further monitoring to conclusively determine the status of Bluff Creek (and unnamed tributaries: WBIC's - 2833400, 2833500, 2833900) in regards to whether it is meeting appropriate fish and aquatic life uses, and if it should be included on 303d list. Effort should include monitoring for potential habitat, turbidity (sedimentation/TSS), and phosphorus impairments.
5/1/2009
Verify
 
Monitoring Ecosystem
 
Date
Status
Under this project and with assistance from WDNR, Lake Superior Research Institute (LSRI) will conduct a comprehensive ecological assessment of Wisconsin’s Lake Superior basin communities identified as priority areas by the WDNR Plan. Sites and parameters proposed in this project were selected using guidance from the Wisconsin Great Lakes Strategy, the Lake Superior Binational Work Group 2011 Monitoring Priorities, and discussions with WDNR Lake Superior fisheries biologists and resource managers and are identified in the WDNR Plan. Sites included in the project are not part of the National Coastal Condition Assessment.
10/1/2010
Proposed
Projects
 
Restore Wetlands
 
Date
Status
The WDNR, University of Wisconsin, and city of Superior should pursue funding for the second phase of the wetlands cumulative impacts project to expand modeling of wetland role in hydrological management in the city and continue floristic quality evaluations.
10/5/2010
Proposed
 
Review, Update Use Designation
 
Date
Status
Evaluate unnamed tributary, WBIC 2836600, for most appropriate use designations. Collect additional data on the unnamed tributary from the Four Corners School WPDES outfall, to determine most appropriate use designation and for potential 303(d) listing.
10/5/2010
Proposed
 
Review, Update Use Designation
 
Date
Status
Condition monitoring and evaluation of the Pokegama River, Little Pokegama River, and tributary streams for most appropriate current, attainable, and designated use categories throughout both stream watersheds is recommended, which would include macroinvertebrate and fish IBI surveys at multiple sample sites in the watershed.
10/5/2010
Proposed
 
Sediment Remediation
Remediate contaminated Crawford Creek sediment hotspots
Date
Status
Remediate contaminated sediment hotspots. The state should continue negotiating with applicable responsible parties for Howards Bay and Koppers, a former wood treating facility that drains into a tributary of Crawford Creek, and, where practical, pursue opportunities for restoration of these areas. Koppers Company should complete its investigation of possible dioxin contamination in soils on site (Type C).
10/5/2010
Proposed
 
TMDL Monitoring
Crawford Creek TMDL
Date
Status
A future TMDL study on Crawford Creek is to occur with monitoring in regards to current listings. In addition, evaluating Crawford Creek for other potential impairment (habitat, turbidity/sediment, and flow) is recommended – possibly at the time of the TMDL study. Further IBI evaluations of fish and invertebrate communities are recommended to confirm the present condition and most appropriate attainable use category for Crawford Creek. This work could possibly wait until BMPs are implemented and then re-evaluate. See also the Lake Superior Basin plan in regards to recommendations for Kopper’s. Natural community (baseline) monitoring is planned for one site in 2010.
10/5/2010
Proposed
 
St. Louis and Lower Nemadji River WatershedWater Plans and PartnershipsRead the Watershed Plan

This watershed report is approved as an amendment to the state's Water Quality Management Plan.

Date  2010

Watershed History Note

The City of Superior is situated on the south side of a superb natural harbor at the west end of Lake Superior, across from Duluth, Minnesota in the St. Louis and Nemadji River watershed. A trading post was established in the area around 1679 by a Frenchman, Daniel Greysolon, Sieur du Lhut. A North West Fur Company post, established around 1787, was replaced in 1816 by one of the American Fur Company. As a result of a government survey in 1852, a syndicate bought up land and platted a town which they named Superior. The village government was established in 1887, and Superior received a city charter in 1889. Its population included large numbers of Finns and Scandinavians. Superior developed economically, primarily as a result of its excellent port. It has some of the largest facilities in the world for the shipping of ore and grains. It was from Superior that the ore vessel Edmund Fitzgerald sailed to meet its destruction in a terrible storm on the morning of November 10, 1975 with the loss of all 29 men on ship. The event was immortalized by folk singer Gordon Lightfoot. Superior, Wisconsin, has the distinction of being the home of the oldest of the sixty-three Carnegie libraries built in Wisconsin and the home of the last Carnegie library building built in Wisconsin. The former main library building of the Superior Public Library is the oldest Carnegie library building in Wisconsin. It was designed in the Neoclassical Revival style by local architect Carl Wirth and completed in 1902. The former East branch library building is the newest Carnegie in Wisconsin and is now a private residence. Both buildings have been determined to be potentially eligible for listing on the National Register of Historical Places by the Wisconsin Historical Society.

Date  2010