Watershed - Sheboygan River (SH03)
Sheboygan River Watershed

Details

The Sheboygan River Watershed is the largest and possibly the most diverse watershed in the basin, covering about 260 square miles. The Sheboygan River originates in east-central Fond du Lac County and flows generally southeastward into the City of Sheboygan where it enters Lake Michigan. The major tributaries to the Sheboygan River are the Onion and Mullet Rivers. Other named warm water tributaries to the Sheboygan River are Otter and Weedens Creeks. Millhome, Schuett and Feldner's Creeks are trout streams located in the Sheboygan River Basin. There are also ten dams in the Watershed: Sheboygan Marsh, Kiel, Rockville, Millhome, Franklin, Johnsonville, Sheboygan Falls, Waelderhaus, Riverbend and Mischo's. The Franklin dam was breached in 2000 and will be removed in 2001. Removal of the dam will restore this river reach to a free-flowing condition. The positive change in flow, temperature, and oxygen levels will result in habitat suitable for game fish species such as smallmouth bass, northern pike, and rock bass. Land use in the watershed is primarily agriculture, but the downstream most reaches are entirely urbanized.

Date  2001

Nonpoint and Point Sources

Some municipalities in the Sheboygan River Watershed have been designated to receive a municipal stormwater discharge permit to control contaminated runoff from urban areas. These communities include the Village of Kohler, the Town of Sheboygan and the Town of Wilson. The City of Sheboygan and the City of Sheboygan Falls recently obtained municipal stormwater discharge permits. The stormwater permits require these communities to identify stormwater pollution sources, create plans and implement practices to eliminate or reduce stormwater runoff.

Date  2001

Ecological Landscapes for Sheboygan River Watershed

Ecological Landscapes

The Sheboygan River Watershed is located primarily in two ecological landscapes: the Central Lake Michigan Coastal and the Southeast Glacial Plains. The Central Lake Michigan Coastal Ecological Landscape stretches from southern Door County west across Green Bay to the Wolf River drainage, then southward in a narrowing strip along the Lake Michigan shore to central Milwaukee County. Owing to the influence of Lake Michigan in the eastern part of this landscape, summers there are cooler, winters warmer, and precipitation levels greater than at locations farther inland. Dolomites and shales underlie the glacial deposits that blanket virtually all of the Central Lake Michigan Coastal Ecological Landscape. The dolomite Niagara Escarpment is the major bedrock feature, running across the entire landscape from northeast to southwest. Series of dolomite cliffs provide critical habitat for rare terrestrial snails, bats, and specialized plants. The primary glacial landforms are ground moraine, outwash, and lakeplain. The topography is generally rolling where the surface is underlain by ground moraine, variable over areas of outwash, and nearly level where lacustrine deposits are present. Important soils include clays, loams, sands, and gravels. Certain landforms, such as sand spits, clay bluffs, beach and dune complexes, and ridge and swale systems, are associated only with the shorelines of Lake Michigan and Green Bay. Historically, most of this landscape was vegetated with mesic hardwood forest composed primarily of sugar maple, basswood, and beech. Hemlock and white pine were locally important, but hemlock was generally restricted to cool moist sites near Lake Michigan. Areas of poorly drained glacial lakeplain supported wet forests of tamarack, white cedar, black ash, red maple, and elm, while the Wolf and Embarrass Rivers flowed through extensive floodplain forests of silver maple, green ash, and swamp white oak. Emergent marshes and wet meadows were common in and adjacent to lower Green Bay, while Lake Michigan shoreline areas featured beaches, dunes, interdunal wetlands, marshes, and highly diverse ridge and swale vegetation. Small patches of prairie and oak savanna were present in the southwestern portion of this landscape. The Southeast Glacial Plains Ecological Landscape makes up the bulk of the non-coastal land area in southeast Wisconsin. This Ecological Landscape is made up of glacial till plains and moraines. Most of this Ecological Landscape is composed of glacial materials deposited during the Wisconsin Ice Age, but the southwest portion consists of older, pre-Wisconsin till with a more dissected topography. Soils are lime-rich tills overlain in most areas by a silt-loam loess cap. Agricultural and residential interests throughout the landscape have significantly altered the historical vegetation. Most of the rare natural communities that remain are associated with large moraines or in areas where the Niagara Escarpment occurs close to the surface. Historically, vegetation in the Southeast Glacial Plains consisted of a mix of prairie, oak forests and savanna, and maple-basswood forests. Wet-mesic prairies, southern sedge meadows, emergent marshes, and calcareous fens were found in lower portions of the Landscape. End moraines and drumlins supported savannas and forests. Agricultural and urban land use practices have drastically changed the land cover of the Southeast Glacial Plains since Euro-American settlement. The current vegetation is primarily agricultural cropland. Remaining forests occupy only about 10% of the land area and consist of maple-basswood, lowland hardwoods, and oak. No large mesic forests exist today except on the Kettle Interlobate Moraine which has topography too rugged for agriculture. Some existing forest patches that were formerly savannas have succeeded to hardwood forest due to fire suppression.

Date  2010

Recreational Opportunities

The Sheboygan River Watershed is home to two large marsh and wildlife areas - Broughton Sheboygan Marsh and Kiel Marsh. The Sheboygan River flows through the Broughton Sheboygan Marsh and Wildlife Area, which lies in northwestern Sheboygan County and includes about 14,000 acres of land and surface water, half of which are publicly owned. The Kiel Marsh Wildlife Area is located in north central Sheboygan County, with portions lying in southwest Manitowoc County and southeast Calumet County along the Sheboygan River. The Kiel Marsh Wildlife Area encompasses over 2,000 acres of land and water, 800 acres of public land managed by WDNR. Both wildlife areas are ecologically diverse; comprised of cedar and tamarack swamps, lowland hardwoods, and large areas of marsh and open water. Both of these wetland areas are attractive to anglers, hunters, and nature observers alike, for all seasons.

Date  2001

Sheboygan River Watershed At-a-Glance

Impaired Water in Sheboygan River Watershed
River and Stream QualityAll Waters in Watershed

Water quality is good in the headwaters and fair to poor in the lower reaches. Water and habitat quality are affected by contaminated sediments in the lower 14 miles of the river, agricultural and urban runoff, industrial and municipal wastewater treatment plant discharges, stream channelization, dams, and construction site erosion. These pollution sources lead to contaminated fish and wildlife populations (in the lower 14 miles), high stream turbidity, excess sediment, flashy flows, excess nutrients and nuisance algae, dissolved oxygen fluctuations, and fish migration barriers.

Date  2001

Watershed Trout Streams
Watershed Outstanding & Exceptional Resources

Lakes and Impoundments

Impaired Waters

List of Impaired Waters
Watershed Documents
Watershed Grants
Grant Details
Aquatic Invasives Education
Date
10/1/2011
Waters Involved
Elkhart Lake
Status
Complete

Glacierland Rc&D, Inc.: Sheboygan County Ais Control Grant: The Glacierland R & C will hire a half time staff member to work with citizens on lakes located in Sheboygan County, WI. The purpose of the project is to increase citizen and agency knowledge on aquatic invasive species on both inland lakes and Lake Michigan. The project will last three years. This project will: 1) Hold a minimum of 15 workshops and/or trainings (5 to 10 each year) to provide educational programming to lake groups regarding aquatic plant management plans and exotic species; 2) Coordinate and train local volunteers using clean boats/clean waters watercraft inspection program protocol (a minimum of 2 per year); 3) Hire a summer employee to conduct a minimum of 600 hours of watercraft inspection (200 hours/year); 4) Develop county wide known location maps (GIS based) for Phragmites, Purple Loosestrife and Japanese Knotweed on road right of ways and riverine systems ; 5) Provide outreach material and contacts to industry groups such as the bait and garden nursery industries (a minimum of 10 per year); 6) Conduct a minimum of 3 (1 per year) point intercept plant surveys on lakes that lack previous plant survey data; 7) Serve as a coordinator for purple loosestrife biocontrol (beetles) and recruit volunteers ; 8) install signs and kiosks at boat launches; 9) Answer citizen inquiries regarding invasive species; 10) Staff special events (kids fishing, county fair, sport shows, etc) to teach the public about invasive species (a minimum of 8 per year); 11) work with highway crews and cultural sportsmen\2019s groups to train participants in the identification, control and prevention of AIS species. A full description of the project scope and deliverables is in the grant application, which is part of this agreement. The DNR will be provided with two paper copies and an electronic copy of the final report. The DNR will also be provided with semi-annual electronic reports.


Grant Details
Clean Boats, Clean Waters
Date
2/15/2015
Waters Involved
Elkhart Lake
Status
Complete

Elkhart Lake Improvement Association: Elkhart Lake 2015 Clean Boats Clean Water Project: The Elkhart Lake Improvement Association is sponsoring a Clean Boats Clean Waters project in 2015 at one public boat landing on Elkhart Lake.


Grant Details
Clean Boats, Clean Waters
Date
2/15/2016
Waters Involved
Elkhart Lake
Status
Complete

Elkhart Lake Improvement Association: Elkhart Lake Improvement Association 2016 Clean Boats Clean Waters: The Elkhart Lake Improvement Association is sponsoring a Clean Boats Clean Waters project in 2016 at one public boat landing on Elkhart Lake.


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

Elkhart Lake Improvement Association: Elkhart Lake Improvement Association 2017 Cbcw: Elkhart Lake Improvement Association is sponsoring a Clean Boats Clean Waters project in 2017 at 1 single public boat landings and 0 public boat landing pairs on ELKHART LAKE.


Grant Details
Accountability, Monitoring, Collaboration, Education, Partnership
Date
3/31/2011
Waters Involved
Sheboygan River
Status
In_Progress

Sheboygan River Aoc Habitat Improvement (Usgs # 9km61 Also Bqy54)


Grant Details
Habitat
Date
7/19/2011
Waters Involved
Sheboygan River
Status
Proposed

Kiwanis Park Shoreline Restoration: The goal of this project is to restore the terrestrial and aquatic habitat of the shoreline, as well as stabilize the riverbanks to reduce sedimentation and associated habitat impacts. Actions undertaken, as part of the project will include:

Reconstructing or retrofitting existing outlet structures with riprap and engineered flow diversion structures to address erosive flows from the storm water outfalls.
Stabilizing riverbanks utilizing toe erosion structures in combination with geotextile fabrics and vegetation re-establishment. Bank slopes will be “cut-back” where possible to provide more stable profiles. However, encroaching right-of-way lines and roadways, in combination with existing steep slopes and drop-offs, will make this technique particularly challenging. Existing shoreline debris (concrete and asphalt) will be removed.
Re-establishing native vegetation along the riverbank to facilitate restoration of habitat and reduce the impact of non-point storm water runoff. This buffer will be a combination of native trees, shrubs and herbaceous vegetation. Three growing seasons of maintenance and monitoring of vegetation during buffer establishment will be performed following buffer installation.


Grant Details
Habitat
Date
7/29/2011
Waters Involved
Sheboygan River
Status
In_Progress

Taylor Drive & Indiana Ave Area Wetland Restoration: The Taylor Drive wetland rehabilitation project will improve the habitat at this existing wetland complex and connect this isolated system to adjacent wetlands and the Sheboygan River to enhance its function to fish and wildlife and improve water quality. Construction of Taylor Drive fragmented this wetland from an emergent wetland and a navigable tributary to the Sheboygan River to the east. The existing habitat in this wetland is degraded and has been significantly impacted by storm water runoff, flash flooding, and is heavily used by resident Canada goose populations. Adjacent riparian emergent wetland habitats are rare in the lower portions of the Sheboygan River, therefore restoring this type of habitat will increase fish and wildlife use at various life stages.

The purpose of this project is to restore connectivity of this wetland to the Sheboygan River and enhance the habitat for a variety of organisms including fish, waterfowl and herptiles. The target fish species is northern pike, specifically creating additional spawning area.


Grant Details
Habitat
Date
7/29/2011
Waters Involved
Sheboygan River
Status
Proposed

Sheboygan River Aoc Pathway To Delisting - Habitat Restoration: This project is intended to support the development of delisting strategies and a fish and wildlife population and habitat restoration plan to address the “fish and wildlife population” and “fish and wildlife habitat” beneficial use impairments for the Sheboygan River and Harbor Area of Concern. This project includes a rapid ecological assessment using historical and current data, as well as conducting new field surveys, as needed, to fill data gaps or update data needed for the assessment. This project is part of an overall collaboration with the Sheboygan River Basin Partnership who is also seeking a grant from the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative under the same project name.


Grant Details
Habitat
Date
9/26/2011
Waters Involved
Sheboygan River
Status
In_Progress

Shoreline Stabilization In Problem Areas: This project will address sedimentation from large sections of unstable and eroding riverbanks that are adversely impacting aquatic communities (fish and benthos) and associated wildlife populations in the Sheboygan River AOC. Eroding soil is a significant source of degradation to rivers. The eroded soil impacts water quality, transports excess nutrients into the river and smothers benthic organisms. In the Sheboygan River AOC, several areas have considerable erosion issues.

The F&W TAC identified five problem areas with significant erosion issues during a reconnaissance survey in September of 2010.


Grant Details
Habitat
Date
9/26/2011
Waters Involved
Sheboygan River
Status
Proposed

In-Stream Habitat Improvements: Sedimentation can be reduced and habitat complexity increased through the implementation of restoration design of in-stream scour and cover structures. There is a clear need for increased habitat complexity and scour, however, the extent of the impairment and precise locations of remaining quality habitat as well as degraded habitat has not been adequately quantified. Prior to the establishment of population level targets, information on aquatic habitat availability for species of interest is needed


Grant Details
Toxics and Areas of Concern
Date
10/1/2010
Waters Involved
Sheboygan River
Status
Proposed

Sheboygan Aoc Pathway To Delisting Habitat Bui'S - Rapid Ecological Assessment: The lower Sheboygan River and Harbor were designated a Great Lakes Area of Concern (AOC) in 1985 by the International Joint Commission (IJC). This AOC encompasses the lower river downstream from the Sheboygan Falls Dam including the entire harbor and nearshore area of Lake Michigan. In the Sheboygan River, it is suspected that high levels of nutrients, solids, and toxic chemicals along with land use changes have contributed to the degradation of animal and plant populations and the reduction in fish and wildlife habitat and populations. Two of the Nine Beneficial Use Impairments (BUIs) identified for the Sheboygan River and Harbor AOC include:
- degradation of fish and wildlife populations
- loss of fish and wildlife habitat


Grant Details
Toxics and Areas of Concern
Date
4/17/2012
Waters Involved
Sheboygan River
Status
In_Progress

Monitoring Of White Sucker Tumors In Sheboygan Aoc: Testing Spatial History With Stable Isotopes [Cap_1_2012]: In coordination with WDNR, USGS, and USFWS, this project involves capturing white suckers in the Sheboygan River AOC to assess whether the tumor BUI can be delisted. These tumors are believed to reflect long-term exposure to chemical contaminants in many AOCs. A fundamental challenge in interpreting results from migratory species such as white suckers is resolving whether they have resided in the contaminated area, or instead entered the area to breed after spending their lives elsewhere. Chemical tracers are a common approach for assessing the spatial history of migratory fish, and can fruitfully be applied to the Sheboygan context.


Grant Details
Aquatic Invasive Species
Date
8/31/2012
Waters Involved
Sheboygan River
Status
In_Progress

Sheboygan River Aoc Targeted Invasive Species Control Survey And Plan: This project (the Sheboygan River AOC Targeted Invasive Species Mapping & Treatment Plan) is the first phase, in a two phase project, to control targeted invasive species within the Sheboygan River AOC. This phase of the project includes invasive species mapping and treatment planning. Invasive plant species targeted within this project include Japanese knotweed (Polygonum cuspidatum), giant reed grass (Phragmites australis), garlic mustard (Alliaria petiolata), and buckthorn (Rhamnus spp.).The goal of the project is to restore a diverse native plant community in the targeted areas that will provide habitat to a range of fish and wildlife species.


Grant Details
Habitat and Species
Date
7/8/2011
Waters Involved
Sheboygan River
Status
In_Progress

Schuchardt Convervation Plan: The main purpose of this project is to document existing natural resources on the Schuchardt Farms property: upland/riparian/wetland plant communities (including forest stands), wildlife habitat, and aquatic resources. The information provided by surveyors from this project, as well as information from previous reports, will provide the basis for preparing a conservation plan, which will assist City of Sheboygan planners with selecting the most appropriate areas for conservation, restoration, and development. These data will also contribute to the overall knowledge of local natural resources, identify threats to these ecosystems, and providesuggestions for habitat improvements.

Environmental surveys will be conducted at the Schuchardt Farms property with the following objectives:
1. Identify, describe, and assess plant communities.
2. Collect forest stand structure data.
3. Evaluate wetland functions
4. Assess fisheries and aquatic resources
5. Identify, describe and assess wildlife habitat
6. Identify stormwater Infiltration areas


Grant Details
Nonpoint Source Mgmt
Date
1/3/2005
Waters Involved
Sheboygan River
Status
Cancelled

Crep Buffer Program - Sheboygan County: Provide financial incentive to riparian landowers for the installation of buffer strips.


Grant Details
Lake Protection Grant
Date
3/5/1996
Waters Involved
Unnamed
Status
Complete

Sheboygan County: Acq-Gerber Lakes Land Acquisition - Hayes Property: Sheboygan County will acquire 108.9 acres of land located in Section 35, Town of Rhine at the eastern edge of Wisconsin's Kettle Morraine for lake protection and public outdoor recreation purposes. The property includes three lakes - Big Gerber, Little Gerber, and a 1+ acre spring pond that are part of the Sheboygan River Watershed. The primary goals of the property's management plan are (1) to permanently preserve and protect the diversity and uniqueness of the existing land cover including coniferous and deciduous forest, meadow, open water, and adjoining wetland. The approximately 25 acres of upland cropland area will be established in a permanent cover of native prairie and fruit bearing shrubs and trees to eliminate future erosion into the lakes and the adjoining Otter Creek, (2) to utilize the property for natural study and appreciation, outdoor skills training, and passive recreation and enjoyment. It is anticipated that the Sheboygan County Outdoor Skills Center will relocate to the existing farm residence and buildings on the property. Eligible costs are outlined on the attached Cost Estimate Worksheet.


Grant Details
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
4/1/1997
Waters Involved
Cedar Lake
Status
Complete

Cedar Lake Sanitary District #1: Cedar Lake Water Quality Study - Phase 1: The Cedar Lake Sanitary District proposes to study the water quality of Cedar Lake. Project activities include 1) water quality monitoring, 2) a property owners survey related to septic system status, and 3) a final report summarizing the project results. The Department of Natural Resources will be provided with a paper copy and an electronic copy of the final report. Information about the project results will be disseminated to the public by newsletter mailing and public meeting.


Grant Details
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
2/1/1999
Waters Involved
Cedar Lake
Status
Complete

Cedar Lake Sanitary District #1: Cedar Lake Runoff & Land Use Plan Phase Ii: The Town of Schleswig purposes to conduct phase 2 of a planned 3-phase water quality management plan. Delineation of the drainage area and determination of land use in the watershed will be completed. Runoff coefficients will be assigned to the various land use practices to determine phosphorus input. A water budget and direction of flow will also be determined.


Grant Details
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
10/1/2000
Waters Involved
Cedar Lake
Status
Complete

Town Of Schleswig: Cedar Lake Management Plan: The Cedar Lake Sanitary District #1 proposes to continue development of a Lake Management Plan, using past studies completed in Phase 1 & 2 of the project. This plan's deliverables include problem diagnosis, water quality data acquisition, water quality analysis of high capacity well water, identifiction of existing regulations/planning efforts, lake water quality/nutrient modeling, shoreline survey, develop lake management objectives, identify in-lake and watershed management techniques, define roles for action, evaluate alternatives, and communcate results.


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

Town Of Schleswig: Cedar Lake Aquatic Plant Survey & Management Plan Development: The Town of Schleswig Sanitary District #1 proposes to develop an aquatic plant management plan for Cedar Lake. The project will include two macrophyte surveys, and development of an aquatic plant management and harvesting plan. The plan will evaluate alternative management tools and will contain recommendations for long-term management of exotic and nuisance species, protection of native plant communities and sensitive areas, and ways to maintain and improve recreational opportunities. A hard copy and electronic copy of the report will be filed with the Department of Natural Resources. Additional copies will be provided to the Cedar Lake Improvement Association and other interested parties. Results will be shared at informational meetings and in newsletters.


Grant Details
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
4/26/1993
Waters Involved
Elkhart Lake
Status
Complete

Elkhart Lake Improvement Association: Elkhart Lake Land Use Inventory, Sanitary Survey, Water Budg: Prepare water and nutrient budgets for lake. Conduct a survey of septic systems around the lake. Conduct a land use inventory of the watershed. Information will be distributed to the public by newsletter mailings, entire reportmailings, public meetings, summary report mailings, local newspaper articles, a lecture series and an essay contest. Project results will be reposited at the Village of Elkhart Lake Clerks office.


Grant Details
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
10/18/1994
Waters Involved
Elkhart Lake
Status
Complete

Elkhart Lake Improvement Association: Elkhart Lake Management Planning: Develope a database which quantifies: a) the amount of inputs and outputs of water in Elkhart Lake and b) important nutrients in Elkhart Lake. Information obtained will be used in mass balance modeling to : a) assess changes in the food-web, develop andevaluate management plans: effectiveness of fish stocking, limitation of nutrient inputs to the lake by improved or more advanced waste water treatment, boating restrictions, and restricting shoreline development. The grantee will disseminateinformation to the public by newsletter, entire report and summary report mailings, public meetings, local newspaper articles, lecture series and an essay contest. Project results will be reposited at the Village of Elkhart Lake Clerk's Office.


Grant Details
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
4/1/1997
Waters Involved
Elkhart Lake
Status
Complete

Elkhart Lake Improvement Association: Big Elkhart Lake Water And Nutrient Mass Balance Study: The Elkhart Lake Improvement Association proposes to document and quantify the magnitude of inputs and outputs of water and important nutrients to Big Elkhart Lake. Project activities include 1) measuring ground water inflow, 2) measure nutrients in precipitation, 3) measure nutrients in ground water, 4) measure nutrients in intermittent surface water inputs, 5) to install thermistor chain at the deepest sounding of the lake, and 6) to refine mass balance models for the lake.


Grant Details
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
10/1/2003
Waters Involved
Elkhart Lake
Status
Complete

Elkhart Lake Improvement Association: Elkhart Lake Groundwater Mapping & Public Ed.: The project consists of groundwater mapping and public education. The goals of this project are a) develop a map of the groundwater recharge areas to Elkhart Lake; b) Determine if contamination from septic systems is impacting groundwater and c) conducting a public information and education seminar.

The project deliverables are: a) One public informational meeting. A paper copy of the presentation will be submitted to the DNR. b) Installation of approximately 50 minipiezometers. c) sampling minipiezometers for E.Coli, nitrite, nitrate, chlorides and total phosphorus. d) An electronic and paper report that will contain the following: 1) A groundwatershed map of the aquifer flowing into (and out of) Elkhart Lake; 2) A map showing groundwater elevations with arrows showing the directions of groundwaterflow and areas of recharge. 3) Results of the private well sampling and minipiezometer sampling. A map will be produced to show any areas of concern or contamination based on the sampling.


Grant Details
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
10/1/2008
Waters Involved
Elkhart Lake
Status
Complete

Elkhart Lake Improvement Association: Elkhart Lake Surface Water Flow Monitoring: The Elkhart Lake Improvement Association will hire a contractor and will also utilize volunteers to refine their groundwater model. Surface water and groundwater data will be collected. This project will provide direct measurement of a significant component of the lake water budget. This grant is directly linked to a small scale grant. The project deliverable will be a report containing the following elements: 1)Data collected at the outlet of Elkhart Lake. A data logger will be installed at point of discharge from Elkhart Lake. The data will be downloaded periodically by volunteers. 2)Information regarding the installation of three new drive point monitoring wells. 3)Information regarding how the volunteers were trained by the consultant. 4)Results of groundwater elevation monitoring by volunteers. A weekly groundwater measurement will be completed by volunteers with periodic downloads from data logger.

The Grantee must provide a draft copy of the report to Heidi Bunk (DNR lakes biologist). This grant pays for the monitoring well installation, installation of a doppler/pressure transducer unit at the outlet and training of the volunteers. Two paper copies and one electronic .pdf copy of the final report must be submitted to the DNR prior to the submission of the grantee's final payment request.


Grant Details
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
4/1/1996
Waters Involved
Little Elkhart Lake
Status
Complete

Little Elkhart Lake Rehabilitation District: Little Elkhart Lake Water Level Study: The Little Elkhart Lake Rehabilitation District proposes to conduct a water level study of Little Elkhart Lake. Project activities include 1) a review of the design and placement of the existing high water outlet control structure in Little Elkhart Lake, 2) determine the potential impact of private water supply wells with the potential to impact the lake's water level, 3) develop a diagnostic feasibility study of alternative measures to stabilize high and low water levels. The sponsor will prepare a final report on the project results and provide the Department of Natural Resources with a paper copy and an electronic copy. The sponsor will disseminate information to the public by newsletter, fact sheet distribution, public meeting, and summary report mailing.


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

Little Elkhart Lake Rehabilitation District: Little Elkhart Lake Aquatic Plant Mgt. Plan: Little Elkhart Lake Rehabilitation District is going to develop a Aquatic Plant Management Plan for Little Elkhart Lake. They will be doing data collection of water samples and research pollutants in the lakes watershed. Handouts and informational materials will be developed for distribution as needed.
An Aquatic Plant Management Plan will be delivered to the DNR and the consultants will present project data and information to the district at meetings.


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

Little Elkhart Lake Rehabilitation District: Little Elkhart Lake Apm Plan: The Little Elkhart Lake Rehabilitation District will hire a contractor to report results of an aquatic plant survey conducted in the summer of 2012 and update the aquatic plant management plan for Little Elkhart Lake. The plant survey was a point intercept survey with approximately 232 points. The final report will contain the following elements: 1) Results of the points sampled, including sediment type found and maximum rooting depth; 2) Results of a general lake survey to map general plant beds, map localized plant beds, map species distribution, summary tables and a list of plant species found; 3) Individual maps of species distribution for the top 5 native species found as well as Eurasian water milfoil and Curly Leaf Pondweed; 4) An aquatic plant management plan that meets the requirements of NR 109.09; 5) Results of the community survey; 6) Results from water quality monitoring ; 7) Results of WILMS, WINTLOAD and LEAP modeling; and 8) Minutes from one public meeting regarding aquatic plant issues.

The DNR will be provided with two paper copies and an electronic copy of the final report.


Grant Details
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
4/16/1992
Waters Involved
Wilke Lake
Status
Complete

Town Of Schleswig: Wilke Lake Management Planning: 1) Water quality monitoring during 1992-1994 as specified in application. 2) Conduct a land use survey to identify potential sources of pollution. 3)Conduct an aquatic plant survey.4) Conduct a sediment survey of the lake. Prepare a sediment contour map. 5) Collect sediment cores and analyze for parameters. 6) Conduct a public opinion survey of sanitary district members to identify areas of concern.7) Disseminate information to the public by newsletter, local newspaper articles, public meeting and final report.


Grant Details
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
4/1/2009
Waters Involved
Wilke Lake
Status
Complete

Town Of Schleswig: Wilke Lake Apm Plan Update Ph 1: The Town of Schleswig Sanitary District # 2 proposes to update the aquatic plant management plan for Wilke Lake. Specifically, the planning process will consist of extensive public involvement (including meetings, questionnaire, and an invasive species identification training session), an aquatic plant survey, and water quality monitoring. The data collected, along with the public participation effort, will be used to complete a comprehensive aquatic plant management plan for Wilke Lake. The project elements and deliverables are specified in the grant application materials submitted to the Department dated February 1, 2009.


Grant Details
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
12/7/1992
Waters Involved
Wolf Lake
Status
Complete

Wolf Lake P & R District: Wolf Lake Usgs Water Quality Monitoring & Watershed Mapping: USGS will conduct water quality monitoring during 1993-97, compare the water quality monitoring results to those obtained in the 1983-87 study.Identify any water quality trends, publish the water quality data annually, map the lake's watershed, and make a formal presentation to the lake district on the study results.Information will be disseminated to the public by fact sheet, newsletter, local newspaper articles, public meeting, and summary report mailing.


Grant Details
Small Scale Lake Planning
Date
4/1/2003
Waters Involved
Elkhart Lake
Status
Complete

Elkhart Lake Improvement Association: Waibel/Merry Brook Runoff At Elkhart Lake: The study will gather data to determine if runoff from parcels draining to the lake could be impacting aquatic plant growth in the lake. Grab samples of total phosphorus, dissolved phosphorus, suspended solids, fecal coliform and kjeldahl nitrogen will be taken. 5 sets of samples (three storm event and two low flow) will be taken at 4 locations.

Project deliverable will be sample results downloaded from the SLOH website.

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

Scope change as of 05/13/04: Purchase of a conductivity meter and a replacement unit to be helpful in determining points of runoff with high nutrient loading. No cost increase to grant total.


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

Elkhart Lake Improvement Association: Elkhart Lake Groundwater Modeling: The Elkhart Lake Improvement Association will continue the monitoring of groundwater started in 2004 and 2005. This monitoring will add 6 new well locations to provide a better distribution of sampling points. A total of twenty wells will be sampled on two dates for total phosphorus and fecal coliform. A consultant will utilize the data collected for a comprehensive report. Two paper copies and one electronic copy of the report will be provided to the department. The report will contain the following elements:

1. Graphics showing the sampling locations and observed concentrations.
2. Identification of trends in groundwater flow and distribution of any potential ground water contamination.
3. A comparison of this data to the data collected in 2004-2005 to determine if the 2004-2005 sampling results represent long-term conditions.


Grant Details
Small Scale Lake Planning
Date
10/1/2008
Waters Involved
Elkhart Lake
Status
Complete

Elkhart Lake Improvement Association: Elkhart Lake Surface Water Flow Monitoring: The Elkhart Lake Improvement Association will hire a contractor and will also utilize volunteers to refine their groundwater model. Surface water and groundwater data will be collected. This project will provide direct measurement of a significant component of the lake water budget. This grant is directly linked to a large scale grant. The project deliverable will be a report containing the following elements: 1) Data collected as a part of grant LPL-1267-09 and the reporting of the data as listed in the grant agreement. 2) Interpretation of the data in tabular, graphical and discussion formats. 3) An explanation of how the data fits into the regional database. 4) Development of an initial water budget as described in the grant proposal. 5) Minutes and summary of public informational meeting.

The Grantee must provide a draft copy of the report to Heidi Bunk (DNR lakes biologist). This grant pays for the analysis of data, database development and the report. Two paper copies and one electronic .pdf copy of the final report must be submitted to the DNR prior to the submission of the grantee's final payment request.


Grant Details
Small Scale Lake Planning
Date
10/1/2012
Waters Involved
Elkhart Lake
Status
Complete

Elkhart Lake Improvement Association: Aquatic Plant Mgt. Plan: The Elkhart Lake Improvement Association will hire a contractor to report results of an aquatic plant survey conducted in the summer of 2012 and to complete aquatic plant management plan for Big Elkhart Lake. The plant survey was a point intercept survey conducted by DNR staff with approximately 954 points. The final report will contain the following elements: 1) Results of the points sampled, including sediment type found and maximum rooting depth; 2) Results of the lake survey to map general plant beds, map localized plant beds, map species distribution, summary tables, and a list of plant species found; 3) Individual maps of species distribution for the top 5 native species found as well as Eurasian water milfoil and Curly Leaf Pondweed; and 4) An aquatic plant management plan for Eurasian water milfoil in Sheboygan Bay.

The DNR will be provided with two paper copies and an electronic copy of the final report.


Grant Details
Small Scale Lake Planning
Date
4/1/2003
Waters Involved
Wilke Lake
Status
Complete

Town Of Schleswig: Wilke Lake Apm Plan: The Town of Schleswig Sanitary District #2 proposes to develop an aquatic plant management plan for Wilke Lake. The project will include two macrophyte surveys, water quality sampling, and development of an aquatic plant management plan. The plan will evaluate alternative management tools and will contain recommendations for long-term management of exotic and nuisance species, protection of native species, and ways to maximize recreation without negatively impacting the aquatic plant community or the fish population.

A hard copy and electronic copy of the report will be filed with the Department of Natural Resources. Additional copies will be provided to the local library, Manitowoc County Planning and Park Commission, and Wilke Lake Advancement


Grant Details
Urban Nonpoint - Stormwater Construction
Date
1/1/2002
Waters Involved
Sheboygan River
Status
Complete

Village Of Kohler: Lost Woods Streambank Stabilization: To cost-share @50% construction of streambank stabilization in Lost Woods


Grant Details
Urban Nonpoint - Stormwater Construction
Date
1/1/2005
Waters Involved
Sheboygan River
Status
Complete

City Of Sheboygan Falls: Catch Basin Installations: installation of an estimated 64 catch basins in conjunction with storm sewer re-construction along STH 32, along with additional WQ BMP(s) where appropriate. Determination of stormwater device shall be approved by the regional project manager.


Grant Details
Urban Nonpoint - Stormwater Planning
Date
1/1/2005
Waters Involved
Sheboygan River
Status
Complete

Sheboygan County: Ordinance Development: Development and implementation of county-wide erosion control and stormwater ordinances to comply with the standards for construction and post-construction stormwater management and erosion control for water quality set by Chapters NR 151 and NR 216, Wis. Adm. Code


Grant Details
Urban Nonpoint - Stormwater Planning
Date
1/1/2005
Waters Involved
Sheboygan River
Status
Complete

Village Of Kohler: Stormwater Plan: development of a storm water management plan, to include analysis of stormwater flows and pollutant loading, creation of stormwater, erosion & illicit discharge control ordinances, mapping, assessment of alternative practice installations, and evaluation of alternative funding mechanisms.


Grant Details
Urban Nonpoint - Stormwater Planning
Date
1/1/2006
Waters Involved
Sheboygan River
Status
Complete

Sheboygan County: Creation Of Stormwater Partnership: To cost-share creation of a partnership among those municipalities within the County eligible for stormwater permits.


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

Glacierland Rc&D, Inc.: Sheboygan River Basin Partnership Development: Glacierland Resource Conservation and Development Incorporated is sponsoring the river planning grant application for the Sheboygan River Basin Partnership (SRBP) team. The grant amount requested is $9,371.18 with a total project budget of $12,494.90

The SRBP proposes to develop a sustainable group that can function as an independent river organization of NCO group. The overall goal is to hire a part-time contractor to work with the SRBP board and advisors, to develop and begin implementation of a strategic plan addressing membership, funding, communication, and activities/projects.

The project goals will be met by having the contracted individual coordinate day to day activities for the group; maintain communication between partners; develop and maintain the SRBP database; begin a membership drive to create fundraising opportunities so that the group can become self sustaining; evaluate the success of the project by providing quarterly reports and a final report.

Project deliverables will include promotional brochures; a strategic plan; membership database; and quarterly progress reports and a final project report.


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

Glacierland Rc&D, Inc.: Sheboygan River Basin Partnership I&E: Glacierland Resource Conservation and Development Incorporated is sponsoring the river planning grant application for the Sheboygan River Basin Partnership (SRBP) team. The grant amount requested is $9,483.00 with a total project budget of $12,644.00

The SRBP proposes to develop partnerships and conduct educational programs and events. The overall goal for this project is to hire a part-time contractor to work with the SRBP board and advisors to develop and begin implementation of a communication and education plan. This plan will be more specific than what is written pertaining to communication and education in the organization's general strategic plan. In addition, the contractor will develop a web-site for SRBP; develop a promotional brochure and Power Point presentation; and will establish a periodic form of broad communication with partnership members and community residents.

Project deliverables will include a communication and education plan document; stand-alone web-site; promotional brochures; Power Point presentation; and quarterly reports and a final project report.


Grant Details
River Planning Grant
Date
7/1/2007
Waters Involved
Sheboygan River
Status
Complete

Glacierland Rc&D, Inc.: Sheboygan River Partnership Membership Building: Funding for a part-time person to increase membership and engage volunteers. The membership program will focus on developing services, program & products, i.e. Adopt a Stream, Friends Groups or watershed group to adopt rivers and streams with initial focus on Sheboygan, Pigeon, Black, Mullet, Onion River and Willow, Sauk and Sucker Creeks. This person will coordinate programs and\005Cor events to involve the new members with in depth stewardship activities on the rivers in the Sheboygan Basin. Building membership will also build funding sources for the Partnership.

Department staff are improving the quality of grant reports by making sure applicants know very clearly ahead of time that ranking points ARE deliverables. We interpret the ranking questions very literally. In rare cases, an equivalent effort is considered; it should be clarified by the justification/explanation given with the ranking point and equivalent effort must be approved by Department staff. When the grant is complete, the Department will look for every single deliverable, even minor ones, and if they are not adequately addressed, only partial reimbursement (at the department's discretion) will be made to the applicant. .A full description of the project scope and deliverables is available in the grant application, which is part of this agreement. The DNR will be provided with two paper copies and an electronic copy of the final report. Information will be disseminated to the public as described in the grant application.


Grant Details
River Planning Grant
Date
7/1/2007
Waters Involved
Sheboygan River
Status
In_Progress

Glacierland Rc&D, Inc.: Sheboygan River Aoc Coordinator: Fund a project coordinator position to support the Sheboygan River AOC citizens' advisory committee and the Willow Creek protection committee. This position will 1) provide communication progress of partners to project partners.2) Coordinate and engage stakeholders. 3) Update the strategic plans for each project. 4) Develop active timelines for implementation, involve public in tasks pertaining to the strategic plan. 5) Encourage municipalities to initiate discussion of comprehensive stormwater and stream improvement projects. 6) Solicit media coverage to enhance public understanding

We interpret the ranking questions very literally. In rare cases, an equivalent effort is considered; it should be clarified by the justification/explanation given with the ranking point and equivalent effort must be approved by Department staff. When the grant is complete, the Department will look for every single deliverable, even minor ones, and if they are not adequately addressed, only partial reimbursement (at the department's discretion) will be made to the applicant.

A full description of the project scope and deliverables is available in the grant application, which is part of this agreement. The DNR will be provided with two paper copies and an electronic copy of the final report which entails all the items in the project description. Information will be disseminated to the public as described in the grant application.


Grant Details
River Planning Grant
Date
7/1/2009
Waters Involved
Sheboygan River
Status
Complete

Sheboygan River Basin Partnership: Adopt-A-Stream Sheboygan River Basin Partnership: To promote the program by hosting special events and promoting project, Stream Passage Survey, Stream Clean-up and WAV volunteer monitoring with data collection and sharing component. A part of the project will combine recruitment efforts, public events and volunteer management. A final report will be provided and included information on : newsletters, website updates, mailings press releases events and projects , stakeholder and club meeting minutes and public presentation. The report will also included the measured completion of: 1)WI. Ephemeral Ponds Project 2) Stream Passage Survey Training 3) Volunteer Coordination for multiple activities 4) Recruitment, news letter, mailings, Press releases, Website Updates, Meeting Attendance/ Group Presentation.


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
Sheboygan River Watershed
Watershed Recommendations
Comprehensive Planning Studies
 
Date
Status
. This project is intended to support the development of delisting strategies and a fish and wildlife population and habitat restoration plan to address the “fish and wildlife population” and “fish and wildlife habitat” beneficial use impairments for the Sheboygan River and Harbor Area of Concern. This project includes a rapid ecological assessment using historical and current data, as well as conducting new field surveys, as needed, to fill data gaps or update data needed for the assessment.
10/1/2010
Proposed
Projects
 
Data Analysis or Evaluation
 
Date
Status
Prior to the establishment of population level targets, information on aquatic habitat availability for species of interest is needed
9/26/2011
Proposed
Projects
 
Habitat Restoration - Instream
 
Date
Status
This project will address sedimentation from large sections of unstable and eroding riverbanks that are adversely impacting aquatic communities (fish and benthos) and associated wildlife populations in the Sheboygan River AOC.
9/26/2011
In Progress
Projects
 
Habitat Restoration - Instream
 
Date
Status
The Taylor Drive wetland rehabilitation project will improve the habitat at this existing wetland complex and connect this isolated system to adjacent wetlands and the Sheboygan River to enhance its function to fish and wildlife and improve water quality.
7/29/2011
In Progress
Projects
 
Hire County Aquatic Invasives Coordinator
 
Date
Status
Hire Aquatic Invasives (AIS) County Coordinator - Sheboygan
1/1/2011
Not Proposed
Projects
 
Hire County Aquatic Invasives Coordinator
 
Date
Status
Hire Aquatic Invasives (AIS) County Coordinator - Fond du Lac
1/1/2011
Not Proposed
Projects
 
Monitor AOC Beneficial Use Impairments
 
Date
Status
In coordination with WDNR, USGS, and USFWS, this project involves capturing white suckers in the Sheboygan River AOC to assess whether the tumor BUI can be delisted.
4/17/2012
In Progress
Projects
 
Monitor Aquatic Biology
Monitor biology on WBIC: 50740
Date
Status
Conduct biological (mIBI or fIBI) monitoring on Unnamed, WBIC: 50740, AU:3991705
5/21/2016
Proposed
Projects
 
Monitor Invasive Species
 
Date
Status
Invasive species monitoring and control.
8/31/2012
In Progress
Projects
 
Monitor Water Quality or Sediment
Sheboygan River TP
Date
Status
Category 2. 2018 TP Results: May Exceed. Station: 203096. AU: 5753343.
1/1/2018
Proposed
Projects
 
Monitor to Evaluate Projects
 
Date
Status
determine if the water quality of Otter Creek has improved after the implementation of best management practices
7/1/2008
Planned
Projects
 
Monitoring Ecosystem
 
Date
Status
Environmental surveys will be conducted at the Schuchardt Farms property with the following objectives: 1. Identify, describe, and assess plant communities. 2. Collect forest stand structure data. 3. Evaluate wetland functions 4. Assess fisheries and aquatic resources 5. Identify, describe and assess wildlife habitat 6. Identify stormwater Infiltration areas
7/8/2011
In Progress
Projects
 
Protect Riparian or Shorelands
 
Date
Status
Water quality biologists should continue to assist the Sheboygan County Land Conservation Department staff in obtaining stream bank buffers along all of the streams in the county.
1/1/2010
Proposed
 
Restore Wetlands
 
Date
Status
Habitat restoration projects will enhance approx 1 mile of shoreline, improve 10 acres of wetland, treat 12 acres of riparian area affected by invasives, and assess benthos health and waterfowl consumption advisories
7/29/2011
Proposed
Projects
 
Sheboygan River WatershedWatershed History Note