Watershed - Beaver Brook (SC07)
Beaver Brook Watershed

Details

The Beaver Brook watershed is relatively small at 44,483 acres and is located in southeastern Polk County extending into a portion of Barron County. It consists of 75 miles of streams and rivers, 1,801 acres of lakes and 5,965 acres of wetlands. The watershed is dominated by forest (31%), agriculture (26%) and grassland (22%) and is ranked high for nonpoint source issues affecting streams and medium for nonpoint source issues affecting lakes and groundwater. Beaver Brook is a tributary to the Apple River below the Apple River Flowage. Streams in this watershed are impacted by agricultural land uses and may respond to nonpoint source pollution controls.

Date  2010

Ecological Landscapes for Beaver Brook Watershed

Ecological Landscapes

The Beaver Brook Watershed is located primarily in the Forest Transition Ecological Landscape which lies along the northern border of Wisconsin's Tension Zone, through the central and western part of the state, and supports both northern forests and agricultural areas. The central portion of the Forest Transition lies primarily on a glacial till plain deposited by glaciation between 25,000 and 790,000 years ago. The eastern and western portions are on moraines of the Wisconsin glaciation. The growing season in this part of the state is long enough that agriculture is viable, although climatic conditions are not as favorable as in southern Wisconsin. Soils are diverse, ranging from sandy loam to loam or shallow silt loam, and from poorly drained to well drained. The historic vegetation of the Forest Transition was primarily northern hardwood forest. These northern hardwoods were dominated by sugar maple and hemlock, and contained some yellow birch, red pine and white pine. Currently, over 60% of this Ecological Landscape is non-forested. Forested areas consist primarily of northern hardwoods and aspen, with smaller amounts of oak and lowland hardwoods. The eastern portion of the Ecological Landscape differs from the rest of the area in that it remains primarily forested, and includes some ecologically significant areas. Throughout the Ecological Landscape, small areas of conifer swamp are found near the headwaters of streams, and associated with lakes in kettle depressions on moraines. Ground flora show characteristics of both northern and southern Wisconsin, as this Ecological Landscape lies along the Tension Zone.

Date  2010

Watershed Documents
Watershed Grants
Grant Details
Aquatic Invasives Control
Date
4/1/2008
Waters Involved
Echo Lake
Status
Complete

Echo Lake Assoc, Ltd: Aquatic Plant Management - Echo Lake, Barron County: Echo Lake Association is sponsoring a 4-yr. Eurasian watermilfoil (EWM) control project based on an Aquatic Plant Management Plan approved by the WI-DNR. The project includes AIS control for 2008 through 2011.

Activities include: Chemical treatment of EWM, physical removal of EWM by trained lake residents, aquatic plant surveys, monitoring for Eurasian watermilfoil weevil, walleye fingerling stocking in an attempt to manipulate the lake trophic cascade, a watercraft inspection program, in-lake monitoring for new aquatic invasive species, development of an AIS emergency response plan, water quality monitoring including dissolved oxygen profiles, protection of native aquatic plants, sediment testing to predict EWM growth, and AIS information & education outreach including boat landing signage, brochures, and resident training opportunities.

See project special conditions listed on page 3, Other Conditions.

Deliverables include a final report summarizing all activities completed under this grant, including copies of the raw data, all data and status reports, educational materials, aquatic plant survey results etc. The DNR shall receive a paper and electronic copy of the final report.

This scope summarizes the scope provided in the grant application and does not supersede grant application specifics. Data, records, and reports including GIS-based maps and digital images, must be submitted to the Department in a format specified by the regional Lake Coordinator. If a consultant is to provide a final report, it is recommended that the Grantee provide the DNR Lake Coordinator with a draft for commenting on report adequacy prior to making final payment to the consultant. Final reimbursement is dependent on DNR approval of the final report


Grant Details
Aquatic Invasives Control
Date
4/1/2011
Waters Involved
Horseshoe Lake
Status
In_Progress

Horseshoe Lake Improvement Association: Horseshoe Lake 2011-2013 Apm Plan Implementation Project: Horseshoe Lake Improvement Association is sponsoring a 3-year project to implement approved activities from its Aquatic Plant Management Plan. Activities include chemical treatment and manual removal of HWM; annual pre- and post-treatment aquatic plant surveys; EWM weevil and wild rice monitoring; watercraft inspection program; public meetings and outreach; and annual reporting. The project requires the following project updates annually: technical report with subsequent year\2019s treatment plan and communication (i.e. meeting or letter) with lake group.

Deliverables include aquatic plant survey results (spreadsheets and GIS maps); watercraft inspection data collection and SWIMS entry; I & E products; and Plan/strategy updates, as necessary. This information will be provided in an annual progress and final report with pre- and post-treatment monitoring results and treatment plan for the next year.

Special Conditions: All monitoring and management should follow approved recommendations within the Horseshoe Lake Aquatic Plant Management Plan, WDNR\2019s Aquatic Plant Management in Wisconsin guidance, and/or Citiizen Lake Monitoring Network protocols, as specified by the Department.

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 regional Lake Coordinator.


Grant Details
Aquatic Invasives Early Detection and Response
Date
7/16/2007
Waters Involved
Horseshoe Lake
Status
Complete

Horseshoe Lake Improvement Association: Horseshoe Lake Improvement Assoc., Rapid Response Program: Horseshoe Lake Improvement Association is sponsoring an Aquatic Invasive Species Rapid Response grant which will focus on physical removal of hybrid Eurasian Water Milfoil plants from Horseshoe Lake by scuba divers (professional and resident) and may include some small-scale chemical treatment (subject to DNR approval and permits) in fall 2007, 2008, and early season 2009. A full lake point-intercept plant survey will be completed in 2008.

Project activities include:
1) physical removal by scuba divers, 2007-2009
2) pre- and post- treatment surveying
3) small-scale chemical application (currently set at 3.5 acres or less in 2008, with the potential for a small-scale application in Fall of 2007)
4) full lake point-intercept aquatic plant survey
5) marker buoys and improved public access signage to education lake users about the hybrid EWM and to designate problem locations in the lake to minimize spread

Project deliverables include:
1) all current and future reports related to surveying completed, diving results, point-intercept plant survey, chemical application, and a final report describing overall findings, work completed, results, and guidance for continued control actions; all in digital format.

Special conditions for this project:
- all chemical application must be permitted and approved by DNR;
- final report needs department review and approval


Grant Details
Aquatic Invasives Early Detection and Response
Date
7/2/2009
Waters Involved
Horseshoe Lake
Status
Complete

Horseshoe Lake Improvement Association: Horseshoe Lake Ais Early Detection And Responseproject, 2009-2011: The Horseshoe Lake Improvement Association is sponsoring a three-year project on Horseshoe Lake, Barron and Polk Counties, to do the following activities: hybrid Eurasian watermilfoil management and monitoring; public education, including AIS workshop(s) and web updates; watercraft inspection in partnership with the Turtle Lake School District; AIS monitoring; and development of an aquatic plant management plan including completing a sociological survey.

Deliverables associated with this project include: 1) A project report summarizing education and outreach and monitoring activities; 2) Clean Boats Clean Waters data collection summary. Data collected must include those data required as part of the CBCW program and must be entered in the statewide database to be eligible for grant reimbursement; 3) Aquatic Plant Management Plan.

Special Conditions: 1) WDNR\2019s Aquatic Plant Management in Wisconsin guidance should be followed for point-intercept survey monitoring, pre/post treatment monitoring, and aquatic plant management plan development; 2) Draft public surveys must be reviewed and approved by the Department before being initiated.

This scope is intended to summarize the detailed project scope provided in the application and does not supersede those application tasks/deliverables. Data, records, reports, and educational materials, including GIS-based maps and digital images, must be submitted to the Department in a format specified by the regional lake coordinator.


Grant Details
Aquatic Invasives Education
Date
4/1/2013
Waters Involved
Echo Lake
Status
Complete

Echo Lake Assoc, Ltd: 2013-2015 Apm Plan Implementation Project: Echo Lake Association is sponsoring a 3-yr project to implement approved activities from the Echo Lake Aquatic Plant Management Plan.

Project deliverables include GIS data & maps of areas monitored, aquatic plant monitoring & bed mapping results, examples of AIS education & outreach, AIS monitoring & watercraft inspection data in SWIMS, water quality data in SWIMS, and report on shoreland restoration education.

Specific project activities include: 1) Pre-post treatment aquatic plant monitoring; 2) Fall bed mapping for Eurasian water milfoil; 3) Watercraft inspections, including Landing Blitz participation; 4) AIS education & monitoring; 5) Dissolved oxygen and temperature profile monitoring; 6) Shoreland restoration education.

Special Conditions: 1) WDNR\2019s Aquatic Plant Management in Wisconsin guidance shall be followed for aquatic plant monitoring; 2) Sponsor shall contact DNR immediately if a new AIS is found; 3) AIS monitoring and watercraft inspection personnel shall be trained and follow DNR approved protocols.

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 regional Lakes Biologist.


Grant Details
Aquatic Invasives Education
Date
2/15/2017
Waters Involved
Echo Lake
Status
Complete

Echo Lake Assoc, Ltd: Echo Lake 2-Yr Ais Management Planning And Education Project: The Echo Lake Association is sponsoring a two-year project to conduct AIS education and monitoring activities and update their APM plan.

Deliverables include AIS monitoring & watercraft inspection data in SWIMS, examples of AIS education & outreach, shoreline & woody habitat monitoring results & report, aquatic plant survey results, and an updated APM plan.

Specific project activities include: 1) Watercraft inspection; 2) EWM monitoring and treatment planning; 3) Volunteer AIS monitoring; 4) AIS outreach & education; 5) Shoreline and woody habitat surveys; 6) Spring and summer whole lake point intercept plant surveys.

Special Conditions: 1) Sponsor shall contact DNR immediately if a new AIS is found; 2) Watercraft inspection and AIS monitoring personnel shall be trained and follow DNR approved protocols; 3) Watercraft inspection and AIS monitoring data shall be entered in SWIMS; 4) Education materials shall be consistent with the Department\2019s statewide education strategy for preventing and controlling AIS; 5) WDNR\2019s Aquatic Plant Management in Wisconsin guidance shall be followed for point-intercept survey monitoring and aquatic plant management plan development. The NOR Native Plant Protection Strategy shall be integrated into the APM plan.

This scope is intended to summarize the detailed project scope provided in the application and does not supersede those application tasks/deliverables. Data, records, reports, and education materials, including GIS-based maps and digital images, must be submitted to the Department in a format specified by the regional lake coordinator.


Grant Details
Aquatic Invasives Education
Date
4/1/2006
Waters Involved
Horseshoe Lake
Status
Complete

Horseshoe Lake Improvement Association: Ais Horseshoe Lake Improvement Assoc.: The Horseshoe Lake Improvement Association in partnership with Echo Lake Association and the Towns of Beaver and Almena is sponsoring a two-year project on Horseshoe and Echo Lakes, Barron and Polk Counties, to do the following activities: public education, in particular riparians; watercraft inspection (approximately 650 inspection hours in 2006); AIS monitoring; signage construction at boat landings.

Specifically the deliverables associated with this project include:
1. A project report summarizing education and outreach and monitoring activities.
2. Clean Boats Clean Waters data collection summary. Data collected must include those data required as part of the CBCW program and must be entered in the statewide database.
3. Digital images of boat landing signs.
4. An example mailing that is sent to riparians.

Special Conditions
1. Any new identification of an aquatic invasive species must be immediately reported to the Department.
2. Data, records, and reports, including GIS-based maps and digital images, must be submitted to the Department in a format specified by the regional Lake Coordinator.

A draft report/deliverables should be submitted to the regional Lake Coordinator for review before finalization.


Grant Details
Clean Boats, Clean Waters
Date
2/15/2017
Waters Involved
Horseshoe Lake
Status
Complete

Horseshoe Lake P & R District: Horseshoe Lake P & R District 2017 Cbcw: Horseshoe Lake P & R District is sponsoring a Clean Boats Clean Waters project in 2017 at 1 single public boat landings and 0 public boat landing pairs on HORSESHOE LAKE.


Grant Details
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
2/15/2016
Waters Involved
Horseshoe Lake
Status
Complete

Horseshoe Lake Improvement Association: Horseshoe Lake Water Quality & Education Project: The Horseshoe Lake Improvement Association is sponsoring a water quality and education project for Horseshoe Lake.

Project deliverables include GIS data & maps of areas monitored, water quality and flow data, bed mapping data, shoreline and woody habitat data, sediment P release report, and a hybrid milfoil treatment report.

Specific project activities include: 1) Tributary and in-lake monitoring; 2) Precipitation monitoring; 3) Shoreline and woody habitat survey; 4) Lake sediment phosphorus release study; 5) AIS education; 6) Fall EWM bed mapping.

Special Conditions: 1) CLMN efforts should not be duplicated, and these data shall be included in the trends analysis and final reporting; 2) Sponsor shall contact DNR immediately if a new AIS is found; 3) All monitoring data shall be entered into SWIMS.

This scope summarizes the project detail provided in the application and does not negate tasks/deliverables described therein. The grant sponsor shall submit all data, records, and reports, including GIS-based maps and digital images, to the Department in a format specified by the regional Lakes Biologist.


Grant Details
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
4/1/2001
Waters Involved
Magnor Lake
Status
Complete

Polk County: Magnor Lake Planning - Phase I: The Polk County Land & Water Resources Department will conduct a comprehensive lake management planning project involving two phases of study and evaluation on Magnor Lake in Polk County. Phase 1 project activities include; delineating the watershed, compiling of historical data, conducting a comprehensive in-lake water quality survey, conducting a critical habitats survey, compiling a comprehensive land use and soils inventory with phosphorus loadings estimates, monitoring lake level and precipitation, conducting a lake bottom hydrographic survey update, conducting a shoreline video documentation survey, compiling fisheries census and management data, and conducting an on-going public participation, media involvement , and information and education program. The results of the Phase 1 and Phase 2 study projects will be combined to generate a comprehensive lake management plan for Lake Magnor and the watershed.

Specific deliverables for this grant project include:
? Complete records of all phase 1 project activities listed above and in the application project description.

Specific deliverables for this phased grant project (Phase 1 and Phase 2) include:
? A comprehensive lake management plan for Magnor Lake and the watershed.

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
4/1/2001
Waters Involved
Magnor Lake
Status
Complete

Polk County: Magnor Lake Planning - Phase Ii: The Polk County Land & Water Resources Department will conduct a comprehensive lake management planning project involving two phases of study and evaluation on Magnor Lake in Polk County. Phase 2 project activities include; conducting a watershed biodiversity survey, conducting an exotic species inventory, conducting a sociological landowner survey, conducting a watershed inflow storm event sampling survey, developing hydrologic and nutrient budgets and a computer lake response model, conducting a lake sediment dredge sample and analysis survey, conducting an on-going public participation, media involvement, and information and education program, and completing a comprehensive lake management plan. The results of the Phase 1 study project will be combined with this Phase 2 study project to generate a comprehensive lake management plan for Lake Magnor and the watershed.

Specific deliverables for this grant project include:
? Complete records of all phase 2 project activities listed above and in the application project description.
? A comprehensive lake management plan for Magnor Lake and the watershed.

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
4/1/2005
Waters Involved
Magnor Lake
Status
Complete

Lake Magnor Lake Association: Lake/Watershed Management Master Plan & Sediment Core Project: The Lake Magnor Lake Association will conduct a Lake/Watershed Management Master Plan Development Project for Magnor Lake in Polk County. Previous grant projects have been and are being conducted on this lake to collect the water quality and other data necessary to proceed with the development of a comprehensive lake management plan. Activities involved in this current Management Plan project include; review of all existing lake data, conduct of public meetings to collect additional lake use data and user input, conduct a watershed survey, conduct a lake sediment core study, conduct watershed and water quality/quantity modeling and evaluate development scenarios, evaluate available information and develop a draft Phase 1 LWMMP report.

The specific deliverable for this project will consist of a final grant project report, including a listing of all grant activities and results, and a copy of the final "LWMMP" supplement.

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
4/1/2005
Waters Involved
Nepadoggen Creek
Status
Complete

Lake Magnor Lake Association: Lake/Watershed Management Master Plan & Sediment Core Project: The Lake Magnor Lake Association will conduct a Lake/Watershed Management Master Plan Development Project for Magnor Lake in Polk County. Previous grant projects have been and are being conducted on this lake to collect the water quality and other data necessary to proceed with the development of a comprehensive lake management plan. Activities involved in this current Management Plan project include; review of all existing lake data, conduct of public meetings to collect additional lake use data and user input, conduct a watershed survey, conduct a lake sediment core study, conduct watershed and water quality/quantity modeling and evaluate development scenarios, evaluate available information and develop a draft Phase 1 LWMMP report.

The specific deliverable for this project will consist of a final grant project report, including a listing of all grant activities and results, and a copy of the final "LWMMP" supplement.

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
4/1/2005
Waters Involved
Unnamed
Status
Complete

Lake Magnor Lake Association: Lake/Watershed Management Master Plan & Sediment Core Project: The Lake Magnor Lake Association will conduct a Lake/Watershed Management Master Plan Development Project for Magnor Lake in Polk County. Previous grant projects have been and are being conducted on this lake to collect the water quality and other data necessary to proceed with the development of a comprehensive lake management plan. Activities involved in this current Management Plan project include; review of all existing lake data, conduct of public meetings to collect additional lake use data and user input, conduct a watershed survey, conduct a lake sediment core study, conduct watershed and water quality/quantity modeling and evaluate development scenarios, evaluate available information and develop a draft Phase 1 LWMMP report.

The specific deliverable for this project will consist of a final grant project report, including a listing of all grant activities and results, and a copy of the final "LWMMP" supplement.

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.

Grants and Management Projects
Beaver Brook Watershed
Watershed Recommendations
Hire County Aquatic Invasives Coordinator
 
Date
Status
Hire Aquatic Invasives (AIS) County Coordinator - Barron
1/1/2011
Not Proposed
Projects
 
Monitor Fish Tissue
Confirm FCA: IW pre-2000 data
Date
Status
11/7/2011
Proposed
Projects
 
Monitor Fish Tissue
Confirm FCA: IW pre-2000 data
Date
Status
11/7/2011
Proposed
Projects
 
Beaver Brook WatershedWatershed History Note

The Village of Clayton is located in the Beaver Brook Watershed in Polk County. Like most communities in Northwestern Wisconsin, it was loggers that first settled in Clayton. They found the greatest stand of White Pine trees in the world waiting to be harvested. In 1874 the railroad arrived, making its way northward through many logging camps. The end of the line was at a large sawmill, located at what is now called Lake Camelia on the western edge of the Village of Clayton. The lumber company, Humbird and Rogers, operated the mill and owned most of the land surrounding Clayton. Clayton Rogers ran the mill and was a veteran of the Union Army in the War Between the States. He was an officer of the 6th Wisconsin, which was one of the divisions of the famous "Iron Brigade." He was in many battles including the Battle of Gettysburg. On the first day of battle his delaying action against the confederate forces enabled the Union Army of the Potomac to march to Gettysburg and participate in the battle. In recognition of Clayton Rogers' great accomplishments, the village was given his first name. Following the lumbering era, Scandinavian, German and Russian families settled the area and eventually went into dairy farming. The area became known for many small creameries and cheese factories, which served the area and at one point the village was promoted as "The Blue Cheese Capital of the World."

Date  2011