Watershed - Trout Brook (SC08)
Trout Brook Watershed

Details

The Trout Brook Watershed is comprised of a relatively narrow strip of drainageway adjacent to the main St. Croix River in southwestern Polk County and extending south into St. Croix County. It is 58,277 acres in size and contains 56 miles of streams and rivers, 968 acres of lakes and 3,479 acres of wetlands. The watershed is dominated by agriculture (37%), forest (29%) and grassland (22%), and is ranked high for nonpoint source issues affecting groundwater.

Date  2010

Ecological Landscapes for Trout Brook Watershed

Ecological Landscapes

The Trout Brook Watershed is located primarily in the Western Prairie Ecological Landscape which is located on the far western edge of the state just south of the Tension Zone; it contains the only true representative prairie potholes in the state. It is characterized by its glaciated, rolling topography and a primarily open landscape with rich prairie soils and pothole lakes, ponds, and wet depressions, except for forested areas along the St. Croix River. The climate and growing season are favorable for agricultural crops. Sandstone underlies a mosaic of soils. Silty loams that can be shallow and stony cover most of the area. Alluvial sands and peats are found in stream valleys. Historic vegetation was comprised of dry to mesic prairie grasses in the rolling areas and wet prairies in the broad depressions. Open oak savannas and barrens were found on the hilly topography, with small inclusions of sugar maple-basswood forest in small steep sites. Prairie pothole type wetlands were mainly found in St. Croix and Polk counties. Barrens were found along the river terraces of the St. Croix River. Almost half of the current vegetation is agricultural crops and almost a third of the area is grasslands, with smaller areas of open water, open wetlands, and urban areas. The major forest types are maple-basswood and oak-hickory, with smaller amounts of lowland hardwoods and lowland conifer.

Date  2010

Watershed Documents
Watershed Grants
Grant Details
Aquatic Invasives Education
Date
10/1/2008
Waters Involved
Squaw Lake
Status
Complete

Friends Of Beaver Creek Reserve, Inc.: Beaver Creek Cbcw, Monitor: The Friends of Beaver Creek Reserve proposes to maintain a year-round, part-time Aquatic Invasive Species Specialist position to coordinate the hiring of seasonal watercraft inspectors and Clean Boats Clean Waters activities targeting high traffic lakes in St. Croix, Dunn, Chippewa and Eau Claire Counties over a three year period.


Grant Details
Aquatic Invasives Education
Date
10/1/2008
Waters Involved
Unnamed
Status
Complete

Friends Of Beaver Creek Reserve, Inc.: Beaver Creek Cbcw, Monitor: The Friends of Beaver Creek Reserve proposes to maintain a year-round, part-time Aquatic Invasive Species Specialist position to coordinate the hiring of seasonal watercraft inspectors and Clean Boats Clean Waters activities targeting high traffic lakes in St. Croix, Dunn, Chippewa and Eau Claire Counties over a three year period.


Grant Details
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
10/1/2004
Waters Involved
Saint Croix River
Status
Complete

River Country Rc&D Council, Inc: Green Development Conference: River Country RC&D proposes to conduct a conference entitled "The Nuts and Bolts of Green Development" in conjunction with the St. Croix Basin Partnership Team. Objective of the conference and associated bus tours will be to provide riparian owners, interested citizens, and municipal operators and engineers with information useful to the development of small-scale and community-wide stormwater management practices.


Grant Details
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
4/1/2002
Waters Involved
Squaw Lake
Status
Complete

Squaw Lake P&R District: Squaw Lake Alum Study: The Squaw Lake Protection & Rehabilitation District proposes to work with the U.S. Amry Corps of Engineers to determine internal phosphorus loading and estimation of alum dosage for profundal sediments in Squaw Lake in St.Croix county.

Project activities include: 1) Sediment cores of profiles of Phosphorus, 2) Alum dosage determination, 3) Alum dosage requirements.

The Department will be provided with both a paper copy and electronic copy of the final report.


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

St. Croix County: Squaw Lake Evaluation-Monitoring: St. Croix Co.proposes to determine whether improved land practices and wetland restoration on Squaw Lake have reduced phosphorus loading to the lake sufficiently to make an alum treatment cost effective. Major project elements to include: 1) run-off recording with volume and load calculation, 2) water quality sampling and analysis, 3) report development and sharing. Final report to be shared with partner organizations and agencies to facilitate future planning.


Grant Details
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
4/1/2010
Waters Involved
Squaw Lake
Status
Complete

Squaw Lake P&R District: Squaw Mgmt. Plan Update 1: The Squaw Lake Rehabilitation and Management District proposes to update the lake management plan for Squaw Lake in St. Croix County. Major project elements to include: 1) Technical Planning Team, 2) Sociological survey, 3) Soil sampling, 4) impervious surface and habitat surveys.


Grant Details
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
4/1/2010
Waters Involved
Squaw Lake
Status
Complete

Squaw Lake P&R District: Squaw Mgmt. Plan Update 2: The Squaw Lake Rehabilitation and Management District proposes to update the lake management plan for Squaw Lake in St. Croix County. Major project elements to include: 1) Lake Management Plan Development Team, 2) Review of new and existing data, 3) Land Use Map, 4) Plan update.


Grant Details
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
10/1/2004
Waters Involved
Unnamed
Status
Complete

River Country Rc&D Council, Inc: Green Development Conference: River Country RC&D proposes to conduct a conference entitled "The Nuts and Bolts of Green Development" in conjunction with the St. Croix Basin Partnership Team. Objective of the conference and associated bus tours will be to provide riparian owners, interested citizens, and municipal operators and engineers with information useful to the development of small-scale and community-wide stormwater management practices.


Grant Details
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
4/1/2010
Waters Involved
Unnamed
Status
Complete

Squaw Lake P&R District: Squaw Mgmt. Plan Update 1: The Squaw Lake Rehabilitation and Management District proposes to update the lake management plan for Squaw Lake in St. Croix County. Major project elements to include: 1) Technical Planning Team, 2) Sociological survey, 3) Soil sampling, 4) impervious surface and habitat surveys.


Grant Details
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
4/1/2010
Waters Involved
Unnamed
Status
Complete

Squaw Lake P&R District: Squaw Mgmt. Plan Update 2: The Squaw Lake Rehabilitation and Management District proposes to update the lake management plan for Squaw Lake in St. Croix County. Major project elements to include: 1) Lake Management Plan Development Team, 2) Review of new and existing data, 3) Land Use Map, 4) Plan update.


Grant Details
Small Scale Lake Planning
Date
10/1/2003
Waters Involved
Saint Croix River
Status
Complete

St. Croix County: St. Croix Nutrient River Conference: St. Croix County Land and Water Conservation Department proposes to sponsor a conference in Februrary of 2004 to identify and begin to address factors contributing to the pollution of Lake St. Croix. The goal is to bring together wastewater treatment managers, local officials, water resource professionals, land developers and watershed manager to allow networking and sharing of information associated with nutrient and sediment loading in the lake. The DNR will be provided with both a paper copy and electronic copy of the final report.


Grant Details
Small Scale Lake Planning
Date
10/1/2004
Waters Involved
Saint Croix River
Status
Complete

St. Croix County: St. Croix Basin Conference: St Croix County proposes to sponsor an informational and educational conference relating to the protection and management of Lake St. Croix.


Grant Details
Small Scale Lake Planning
Date
4/1/2006
Waters Involved
Saint Croix River
Status
Complete

St. Croix County: St. Croix Conference '06: St. Croix County proposes to sponsor an informational and educational conference relating to the protection and management of Lake St. Croix. Major project elements to include: 1) conference costs associated with printing mailing, provision of lunch and transportation, 2) staff coordination.


Grant Details
Small Scale Lake Planning
Date
10/1/2003
Waters Involved
Unnamed
Status
Complete

St. Croix County: St. Croix Nutrient River Conference: St. Croix County Land and Water Conservation Department proposes to sponsor a conference in Februrary of 2004 to identify and begin to address factors contributing to the pollution of Lake St. Croix. The goal is to bring together wastewater treatment managers, local officials, water resource professionals, land developers and watershed manager to allow networking and sharing of information associated with nutrient and sediment loading in the lake. The DNR will be provided with both a paper copy and electronic copy of the final report.


Grant Details
Small Scale Lake Planning
Date
10/1/2004
Waters Involved
Unnamed
Status
Complete

St. Croix County: St. Croix Basin Conference: St Croix County proposes to sponsor an informational and educational conference relating to the protection and management of Lake St. Croix.


Grant Details
Small Scale Lake Planning
Date
4/1/2006
Waters Involved
Unnamed
Status
Complete

St. Croix County: St. Croix Conference '06: St. Croix County proposes to sponsor an informational and educational conference relating to the protection and management of Lake St. Croix. Major project elements to include: 1) conference costs associated with printing mailing, provision of lunch and transportation, 2) staff coordination.


Grant Details
Targeted Runoff - Rural Construction
Date
1/1/2001
Waters Involved
Squaw Lake
Status
Complete

St. Croix County Lcd: Squaw Lake Wetland Restoration: to provide 70% cost-sharing for installation of BMPs on Squaw Lake TMDL project


Grant Details
River Planning Grant
Date
7/1/2005
Waters Involved
Saint Croix River
Status
Complete

Standing Cedars Community Land Conservancy: Bluffs Greenway Protection & Education: The Standing Cedars Community Land Conservancy will conduct a project to strengthen organizational capacity, inventory land resources and develop a protection strategy, conduct an educational effort, develop a model for collaborative greenway design and management.

Organizational capacity will be strengthened through activities aimed at increasing the exposure of the organization. Education outreach packets will be developed for use during business and individual contacts; board member education on land protection strategies, tools, fundraising and outreach will be conducted; development and implementation of a fund raising plan will help in the attainment of financial goals established in the organization strategic plan.

A GIS map will be created including details of land cover, wetland mapping, parcel mapping and ownership. A strategy for land protection will be developed including protection priorities. Landowner contacts will be initiated to discuss options for land protection.

An educational effort will be intitated aimed at residents and visitors focusing on the importance of the river ecosystem and highlighting the natural features of the Standing Cedars property.

A final report will be submitted to the Department in both written and electronic format, including the following: 1) Examples of various types of education materials, 2) Standing Cedars property tour guide,
3) GIS maps, 4) Board outreach packet, 5) Land protection strategy



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
Trout Brook Watershed
Watershed Recommendations
Monitor Fish Tissue
Confirm FCA: IW pre-2000 data
Date
Status
2601400 name St Croix River TMDL ID 618 Start Mile 17.43 End Mile 44.29
11/21/2011
Proposed
 
Monitor Fish Tissue
Confirm FCA: IW pre-2000 data
Date
Status
2601400 name St Croix River TMDL ID 618 Start Mile 44.29 End Mile 54.14
11/21/2011
Proposed
 
TMDL Implementatoin
Squaw Lake TMDL
Date
Status
This TMDL report is for Squaw Lake, located in the Star Prairie Township, St. Croix County, Wisconsin, in the St. Croix River Basin.
10/1/2006
In Progress
Projects
 
Trout Brook WatershedWatershed History Note

The villages of Osceola and Dresser are located in the Trout Brook Watershed in Polk County. Osceola is an historic river town containing Cascade Falls, a 24-foot waterfall located in the heart of downtown. It is home to a heritage working railroad train depot that offers excursions throughout the St. Croix valley. The downtown district and the 1916 SOO Line Depot are listed on the National Register of Historic places. On Highway 243 you will find Osceola Landing, one of the busiest landings on Lower St. Croix National Scenic Riverway with a canoe landing, fishing pier, and a boat access and picnic area.

Date  2011