Watershed - Holcombe Flowage (UC01)
Holcombe Flowage Watershed

Details

The Holcombe Flowage Watershed is the southwestern-most watershed in the Upper Chippewa River Basin. Approximately 70 percent of the watershed is wooded, with the remainder open woodland and agriculture. The watershed is divided into roughly equal parts between Rusk and Chippewa Counties, and contains the Holcombe Flowage in its eastern tip. The flowage is an impoundment formed by the Northern States Power Company dam on the Chippewa River near the town of Holcombe. Holcombe Flowage supports a very good sport fishery, although a fish consumption advisory exists for walleye due to mercury. Shore vegetation consists of upland woods and wetlands with heavy development around the entire perimeter of the flowage. The flowage is fed by the Chippewa, Flambeau and Jump rivers, and Maln, Deertail, Cranberry, and Birch creeks.

Date  1996

Ecological Landscapes for Holcombe Flowage Watershed

Ecological Landscapes

The Holcombe Flowage Watershed is primarily located in the North Central Forest Ecological Landscape which occupies much of the northern third of Wisconsin. Its landforms are characterized by end and ground moraines with some pitted outwash and bedrock controlled areas. Kettle depressions and steep ridges are found in the northern portion. Two prominent areas in this Ecological Landscape are the Penokee-Gogebic Iron Range in the north extending into Michigan, and Timm's Hill, the highest point in Wisconsin (1,951 feet) in the south. Soils consist of sandy loam, sand, and silts. The vegetation is mainly forest, with many wetlands and some agriculture, though the growing season is not as favorable as it is in southern Wisconsin. Lake Superior greatly influences the northern portion of the Ecological Landscape especially during the winter season, producing greater snowfall than in most areas in Wisconsin. The historic vegetation was primarily hemlock-hardwood forest dominated by hemlock, sugar maple, and yellow birch. There were some smaller areas of white and red pine forest scattered throughout the Ecological Landscape, and individual white pines trees were a component of the hemlock-hardwood forest. Harvesting hemlock to support the tanneries was common at the turn of the century, and the species soon became a minor component of forests due to over-harvesting and lack of regeneration. Currently, forests cover approximately 80% of this Ecological Landscape. The northern hardwood forest is dominant, made up of sugar maple, basswood, and red maple, and also including some scattered hemlock and white pine pockets within stands. The aspen-birch forest type group is also relatively abundant, followed by spruce-fir. A variety of wetland community types also are present, both forested and non-forested.

Date  2010

Watershed Documents
Watershed Grants
Grant Details
Aquatic Invasives Early Detection and Response
Date
3/24/2008
Waters Involved
Holcombe Flowage
Status
Complete

Lake Holcombe Improvement Association Inc.: Holcombe Ewm: Lake Holcombe Improvement Association proposes to contract with a certified applicator to treat approximately 17 acres of Lake Holcombe and Pine Lake as it enters Holcombe. Major project elements to include liquid herbacide (Weedar) injection.


Grant Details
Aquatic Invasives Early Detection and Response
Date
3/24/2008
Waters Involved
Jump River
Status
Complete

Lake Holcombe Improvement Association Inc.: Holcombe Ewm: Lake Holcombe Improvement Association proposes to contract with a certified applicator to treat approximately 17 acres of Lake Holcombe and Pine Lake as it enters Holcombe. Major project elements to include liquid herbacide (Weedar) injection.


Grant Details
Aquatic Invasives Early Detection and Response
Date
4/1/2009
Waters Involved
Jump River
Status
Complete

Lake Holcombe Improvement Association Inc.: Holcombe Ewm '09: The Lake Holcombe Improvement Association proposes to contract for chemical treatment to control Eurasian Watermilfoil investation in an approx. 10-acre area of Pine Lake, an off-shoot of the Holcombe Flowage in Chippewa County. Other major project elements include hand-pulling in selected areas and Clean Boats Clean Waters outreach, all to be conducted by association volunteers.


Grant Details
Aquatic Invasives Education
Date
10/1/2006
Waters Involved
Chippewa River
Status
Complete

Friends Of Beaver Creek Reserve, Inc.: Regional Ais Specialist: The Friends of the Beaver Creek Reserve propose to establish a regional AIS outreach, monitoring and response function serving all lakes with public boat launches in Eau Claire, Chippewa, Dunn, Barron and Rusk counties over a three-year period. Major project elements to include: 1) Project coordination, 2) Field research, 3) Volunteer training and coordination. Project to be coordinated through the Citizen Science Center at the Beaver Creek Reserve, with significant additional funding through the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.


Grant Details
Aquatic Invasives Education
Date
10/1/2006
Waters Involved
Holcombe Flowage
Status
Complete

Friends Of Beaver Creek Reserve, Inc.: Regional Ais Specialist: The Friends of the Beaver Creek Reserve propose to establish a regional AIS outreach, monitoring and response function serving all lakes with public boat launches in Eau Claire, Chippewa, Dunn, Barron and Rusk counties over a three-year period. Major project elements to include: 1) Project coordination, 2) Field research, 3) Volunteer training and coordination. Project to be coordinated through the Citizen Science Center at the Beaver Creek Reserve, with significant additional funding through the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.


Grant Details
Aquatic Invasives Education
Date
10/1/2011
Waters Involved
Holcombe Flowage
Status
Complete

Lake Holcombe Improvement Association Inc.: Holcombe Ais Plan: The Lake Holcombe Improvement Association proposes to develop a lake management plan for Lake Holcombe in Chippewa County. Key project elements to include: 1) GPS lake survey and mapping, 2) Development of lake management plan, 3) Clean Boats, Clean Water activities, 4) Volunteer training, 5) Education and outreach events, 6) map, plan printing and distribution.


Grant Details
Aquatic Invasives Education
Date
10/1/2006
Waters Involved
Jump River
Status
Complete

Friends Of Beaver Creek Reserve, Inc.: Regional Ais Specialist: The Friends of the Beaver Creek Reserve propose to establish a regional AIS outreach, monitoring and response function serving all lakes with public boat launches in Eau Claire, Chippewa, Dunn, Barron and Rusk counties over a three-year period. Major project elements to include: 1) Project coordination, 2) Field research, 3) Volunteer training and coordination. Project to be coordinated through the Citizen Science Center at the Beaver Creek Reserve, with significant additional funding through the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.


Grant Details
Aquatic Invasives Education
Date
4/1/2012
Waters Involved
Long Lake
Status
Complete

Lower Long Lake Prot & Rehab Dist: Long I-Lids, Cbcw: The Long Lake P&RD proposes to purchase and install a remote image recording device (I-LIDs) at Morrison-Erickson County Park on Lower Long Lake in Chippewa County, and to conduct a three-year Clean Boats, Clean Waters (CBCW) campaign. Major project elements to include: 1) Acquisition and installation of I-LIDs unit, 2) CBCW outreach and inspections, 3) Water access inventory, 4) Informational materials, 5) Project administration, 6) Final report.


Grant Details
Aquatic Invasives Education
Date
10/1/2006
Waters Involved
Unnamed
Status
Complete

Friends Of Beaver Creek Reserve, Inc.: Regional Ais Specialist: The Friends of the Beaver Creek Reserve propose to establish a regional AIS outreach, monitoring and response function serving all lakes with public boat launches in Eau Claire, Chippewa, Dunn, Barron and Rusk counties over a three-year period. Major project elements to include: 1) Project coordination, 2) Field research, 3) Volunteer training and coordination. Project to be coordinated through the Citizen Science Center at the Beaver Creek Reserve, with significant additional funding through the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.


Grant Details
Aquatic Invasives Research Grant
Date
4/1/2012
Waters Involved
Holcombe Flowage
Status
Complete

Golden Sands Rc&D: Weevil Rearing 2&3: Golden Sands RC&D proposes to continue it Milfoil Weevil Mass Rearing Study, building on past work on the Holcombe Flowage in Rusk and Chippewa Counties, and expanding its studies to Perch Lake Wissota in St. Croix County, and the Minong Flowage in Douglas and Washburn Counties. Major project elements to include: 1) Volunteer group training, 2) Weevil acquisition, rearing, and release 3) Sample collection and analysis, 4) development of a comprehensive biological control manual, and 5) Final report.


Grant Details
Clean Boats, Clean Waters
Date
2/15/2017
Waters Involved
Cedar Creek
Status
Complete

Lower Long Lake Prot & Rehab Dist: Lower Long Lake Prot & Rehab Dist 2017 Cbcw: Lower Long Lake Prot & Rehab Dist is sponsoring a Clean Boats Clean Waters project in 2017 at 1 single public boat landings and 0 public boat landing pairs on LOWER LONG LAKE.


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

Lower Long Lake Prot & Rehab Dist: Lower Long Lake Prot & Rehab Dist 2017 Cbcw: Lower Long Lake Prot & Rehab Dist is sponsoring a Clean Boats Clean Waters project in 2017 at 1 single public boat landings and 0 public boat landing pairs on LOWER LONG LAKE.


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

Sand Lake Association, Inc.: Sand Lake Association 2017 Cbcw: Sand Lake Association, Inc. is sponsoring a Clean Boats Clean Waters project in 2017 at 1 single public boat landings and 0 public boat landing pairs on SAND LAKE.


Grant Details
Lake Protection Grant
Date
5/15/1995
Waters Involved
Bass Lakes
Status
Complete

Chippewa: Acq-Bass Lakes/Tram Lake Acquisition-Galgano Property: Chippewa County will acquire 220 acres with frontage on Bass Lakes #1 and #2 and Tram Lake to protect the lake from residential development.


Grant Details
Lake Protection Grant
Date
9/1/2004
Waters Involved
Cedar Creek
Status
Complete

West Wisconsin Land Trust: Acq-Herde Lake Easement: West Wisconsin Land Trust seeks $158,000 to help fund acquisition of a conservation easement protecting 64.93 acres of property on Herde Lake in Chippewa County.


Grant Details
Lake Protection Grant
Date
9/1/2005
Waters Involved
Cedar Creek
Status
Complete

West Wisconsin Land Trust: Acq-Long Lake (Kelly) Easement: The West Wisconsin Land Trust proposes to purchase a conservation easement for Lake Protection purposes on an 11.28 acre parcel on Long Lake in Chippewa County. Main project elements include purchase price and associated acquisition costs.


Grant Details
Lake Protection Grant
Date
9/1/2006
Waters Involved
Cedar Creek
Status
Complete

West Wisconsin Land Trust: Acq-Long Lake (Mills) Easement: West Wisconsin Land Trust proposes to purchase a conservation easement on a 15 acre parcel with approximately 4,000 ft. of shoreline on Long Lake in Chippewa County. Easement reduces the number of developable lots from eight to two and requires maintenance of a 100 ft. natural and forested vegetative buffer aling the shoreline.


Grant Details
Lake Protection Grant
Date
7/1/2008
Waters Involved
Cedar Creek
Status
Complete

Lower Long Lake Prot & Rehab Dist: Res-Long Shore Restore 3: The Lower Long Lake Protection and Rehabilitation District proposes to promote adoption of its "community shoreland performance standards" by shoreland property owners on Long Lake in Chippewa County. Major project elements to include: 1) contracting with a shoreland specialist to: a) promote installation of vegetative buffers, rain gardens and other run-off protection practices, b) aid in planning for practice installation, c) promote long-term commitments to maintenance of practices; 2) seek bids for construction of practices; 3) bulk order native plants; 4) implement rain barrel loan and purchase program; 5) administer program, including cost shares with participants; 6) conduct training and outreach.


Grant Details
Lake Protection Grant
Date
9/1/2001
Waters Involved
Herde Lake
Status
Complete

Lower Long Lake Foundation, Inc.: Acq-Playter Parcel Purchase: The Lower Long Lake Foundation, Inc. has purchased the 59-acre Playter property on the northeastern shore of Long Lake in Chippewa County. Project involved bargain sale and up-front funding from Chippewa County's Stewardship fund -- funding that will be reimbursed with $50K of the grant award. The property includes 700 ft. of shoreline, and will be maintained for resource protection, lakeshore preservation, environmental education and scientific study.


Grant Details
Lake Protection Grant
Date
9/1/2003
Waters Involved
Herde Lake
Status
Complete

West Wisconsin Land Trust: Acq-Long Lake Wayward Beaver Easement: West Wisconsin Land Trust seeks $200,000 to help fund acquisition of a conservation easement protecting 317 acres of the former Camp Chippewa Bay property on Lower Long Lake in Chippewa County.


Grant Details
Lake Protection Grant
Date
9/1/2004
Waters Involved
Herde Lake
Status
Complete

West Wisconsin Land Trust: Acq-Herde Lake Easement: West Wisconsin Land Trust seeks $158,000 to help fund acquisition of a conservation easement protecting 64.93 acres of property on Herde Lake in Chippewa County.


Grant Details
Lake Protection Grant
Date
9/1/2004
Waters Involved
Herde Lake
Status
Complete

West Wisconsin Land Trust: Acq-Long-Larrabee Easement: West Wisconson Land Trust seeks funding to assist with purchase of a conservation easement on 215 acres of the Steven Kristo property on Long and Larrabee Lakes in Chippewa County.


Grant Details
Lake Protection Grant
Date
9/1/2005
Waters Involved
Herde Lake
Status
Complete

West Wisconsin Land Trust: Acq-Long Lake (Kelly) Easement: The West Wisconsin Land Trust proposes to purchase a conservation easement for Lake Protection purposes on an 11.28 acre parcel on Long Lake in Chippewa County. Main project elements include purchase price and associated acquisition costs.


Grant Details
Lake Protection Grant
Date
5/15/1995
Waters Involved
Holcombe Flowage
Status
Complete

Lake Holcombe Improvement Association Inc.: Lmi-Lake Holcombe Aquatic Ecosystem Assessment: The Lake Holcombe Improvement Association, Inc. will conduct investigations to examine water quality conditions, nutrient/seston fluxes, aquatic macrophyte populations and water quality impacts of hydropower operations in Lake Holcombe. The relative importance o various internal and external nutrient loadings will be evaluated in relation to water quality conditions and phytoplankton biomass in the main basin of the lake and in backwater areas. Dissolved oxygen and stratification patterns in the lake and in the tailwaters in relation to discharged regimes will be evaluated. Variations in dissolved oxygen conditions, water residence time, and the exchange of nutrients/seston will be examined in selected backwaters in relation to dam operations. A bathymetric map will be developed for the lake to facilitate water quality modelling and drawdown impacts. A comprehensive aquatic macrophyte assessment will also be conducted.


Grant Details
Lake Protection Grant
Date
9/1/2006
Waters Involved
Larrabee Lake
Status
Complete

West Wisconsin Land Trust: Acq-Larrabee (Munger) Easement: West Wisconsin Land Trust requests $200,000 to purchase a conservation easement on a 24-acre parcel owned by the Munger family on Larrabee Lake in Chippewa County.


Grant Details
Lake Protection Grant
Date
9/1/2001
Waters Involved
Long Lake
Status
Complete

Lower Long Lake Foundation, Inc.: Acq-Playter Parcel Purchase: The Lower Long Lake Foundation, Inc. has purchased the 59-acre Playter property on the northeastern shore of Long Lake in Chippewa County. Project involved bargain sale and up-front funding from Chippewa County's Stewardship fund -- funding that will be reimbursed with $50K of the grant award. The property includes 700 ft. of shoreline, and will be maintained for resource protection, lakeshore preservation, environmental education and scientific study.


Grant Details
Lake Protection Grant
Date
9/1/2003
Waters Involved
Long Lake
Status
Complete

West Wisconsin Land Trust: Acq-Long Lake Wayward Beaver Easement: West Wisconsin Land Trust seeks $200,000 to help fund acquisition of a conservation easement protecting 317 acres of the former Camp Chippewa Bay property on Lower Long Lake in Chippewa County.


Grant Details
Lake Protection Grant
Date
9/1/2004
Waters Involved
Long Lake
Status
Complete

West Wisconsin Land Trust: Acq-Herde Lake Easement: West Wisconsin Land Trust seeks $158,000 to help fund acquisition of a conservation easement protecting 64.93 acres of property on Herde Lake in Chippewa County.


Grant Details
Lake Protection Grant
Date
9/1/2004
Waters Involved
Long Lake
Status
Complete

West Wisconsin Land Trust: Acq-Long-Larrabee Easement: West Wisconson Land Trust seeks funding to assist with purchase of a conservation easement on 215 acres of the Steven Kristo property on Long and Larrabee Lakes in Chippewa County.


Grant Details
Lake Protection Grant
Date
9/1/2005
Waters Involved
Long Lake
Status
Complete

West Wisconsin Land Trust: Acq-Long Lake (Kelly) Easement: The West Wisconsin Land Trust proposes to purchase a conservation easement for Lake Protection purposes on an 11.28 acre parcel on Long Lake in Chippewa County. Main project elements include purchase price and associated acquisition costs.


Grant Details
Lake Protection Grant
Date
7/1/2008
Waters Involved
Long Lake
Status
Complete

Lower Long Lake Prot & Rehab Dist: Res-Long Shore Restore 3: The Lower Long Lake Protection and Rehabilitation District proposes to promote adoption of its "community shoreland performance standards" by shoreland property owners on Long Lake in Chippewa County. Major project elements to include: 1) contracting with a shoreland specialist to: a) promote installation of vegetative buffers, rain gardens and other run-off protection practices, b) aid in planning for practice installation, c) promote long-term commitments to maintenance of practices; 2) seek bids for construction of practices; 3) bulk order native plants; 4) implement rain barrel loan and purchase program; 5) administer program, including cost shares with participants; 6) conduct training and outreach.


Grant Details
Lake Protection Grant
Date
9/1/2008
Waters Involved
Long Lake
Status
Complete

Lower Long Lake Prot & Rehab Dist: Res-Long Shore Restore 3: The Lower Long Lake Protection and Rehabilitation District proposes to promote adoption of its "community shoreland performance standards" by shoreland property owners on Long Lake in Chippewa County. Major project elements to include: 1) contracting with a shoreland specialist to: a) promote installation of vegetative buffers, rain gardens and other run-off protection practices, b) aid in planning for practice installation, c) promote long-term commitments to maintenance of practices; 2) seek bids for construction of practices; 3) bulk order native plants; 4) implement rain barrel loan and purchase program; 5) administer program, including cost shares with participants; 6) conduct training and outreach.


Grant Details
Lake Protection Grant
Date
9/1/2004
Waters Involved
Taylor Lake
Status
Complete

West Wisconsin Land Trust: Acq-Taylor-Snake Easement: West Wisconsin Land Trust seeks funding toward the purchase of a conservation easement on two parcels with frontage on Herde Lake: One (126 acres) sharing frontage on Taylor Lake, and another (155 acres) with frontage on Snake and several unnamed, wild lakes.


Grant Details
Lake Protection Grant
Date
9/1/2008
Waters Involved
Triple Lakes
Status
Complete

West Wisconsin Land Trust: Acq-Herde Iii, Triple Lakes Easements: WWLT is seeking $200,000 in Lake Protection funding to contribute to the cost of two conservation easements: one secured on a 30-acre parcel on Herde Lake, and the other on a 740-acre parcel that includes frontage on, or entirely encompasses, 14 lakes including the Triple Lakes, and Henneman, Logger, Chick, Calkins North and Taylor lakes in Chippewa County. The Herde Lake easement allows no development on the property (which had been subdivided to accommodate 11 condominium lots) and requires maintenance of a 100 ft. forested vegetative shoreline buffer strip to protect the lake's water quality and natural scenic beauty. The Triple Lakes easement extinguishes a condominium plat approval allowing for development of up to 181 lakefront lots allowing, instead, development of 13 residential lots and requiring maintenance of 75' (min.) vegetative buffer strips on all lake shorelines.


Grant Details
Lake Protection Grant
Date
9/1/2004
Waters Involved
Unnamed
Status
Complete

West Wisconsin Land Trust: Acq-Herde Lake Easement: West Wisconsin Land Trust seeks $158,000 to help fund acquisition of a conservation easement protecting 64.93 acres of property on Herde Lake in Chippewa County.


Grant Details
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
4/1/2007
Waters Involved
Cedar Creek
Status
Complete

Lower Long Lake Prot & Rehab Dist: Long Shoreland Restoration: The Lower Long Lake Protection and Rehabilitation District proposes to plan for establishment of community based performance standards that riparians may adopt to minimize nutrient flow into Lower Long Lake in Chippewa County. Major project elements to include 1) Planning and installation of two shoreland buffers and rain gardens, 2) Documentation of costs associated with these BMPs, 3) Contracting for site evaluations and development of site restoration plans, 4) Workshops and materials for riparians, 5) final report.


Grant Details
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
4/1/2008
Waters Involved
Cedar Creek
Status
Complete

Lower Long Lake Prot & Rehab Dist: Long Shore Restore 2: The Lower Long Lake Protection and Rehabilitation District proposes to follow up on its shoreland restoration demonstration project by developing a package of incentives to promote establishment of shoreland buffers and installation of management practices to enhance habitat and water quality on Long Lake in Chippewa County.


Grant Details
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
10/1/2005
Waters Involved
Chippewa River
Status
Complete

Friends Of Beaver Creek Reserve, Inc.: Holcombe Drawdown Recovery: The Friends of Beaver Creek Reserve propose to survey aquatic plant growth in Lake Holcombe, in Chippewa County, to see if elimination of regular winter drawdowns has contributed to increased aquatic plant health and diversity. Major project elements to include: 1) Aquatic plant sampling, 2) GIS map development, 3) Data evaluation, 4) Final report.


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

Lower Long Lake Prot & Rehab Dist: Long Lake-Watershed Assessment: Primary Goal will be to repeat and update the watershed use study of 1984 to determine the nature of changes in the watershed as well as to look at the watershed area using newer technologies that have become available, especially satellite imaging. A secondary goal will be to analyze oxygen data that has been collected over the last 20 years. These data suggests anoxic conditions are progressively getting worse, a finding which would have serious implications for lake water quality and for which some prevention or treatment options to be considered.


Grant Details
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
4/1/2007
Waters Involved
Herde Lake
Status
Complete

Lower Long Lake Prot & Rehab Dist: Long Shoreland Restoration: The Lower Long Lake Protection and Rehabilitation District proposes to plan for establishment of community based performance standards that riparians may adopt to minimize nutrient flow into Lower Long Lake in Chippewa County. Major project elements to include 1) Planning and installation of two shoreland buffers and rain gardens, 2) Documentation of costs associated with these BMPs, 3) Contracting for site evaluations and development of site restoration plans, 4) Workshops and materials for riparians, 5) final report.


Grant Details
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
10/1/2005
Waters Involved
Holcombe Flowage
Status
Complete

Friends Of Beaver Creek Reserve, Inc.: Holcombe Drawdown Recovery: The Friends of Beaver Creek Reserve propose to survey aquatic plant growth in Lake Holcombe, in Chippewa County, to see if elimination of regular winter drawdowns has contributed to increased aquatic plant health and diversity. Major project elements to include: 1) Aquatic plant sampling, 2) GIS map development, 3) Data evaluation, 4) Final report.


Grant Details
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
4/12/1991
Waters Involved
Island Lake
Status
Complete

Island Chain Of Lakes Mgnt Dist: Island Chain O Lakes Water Quality Monitoring & Analysis: 1) Conduct water quality monitoring as specified in the application. 2) Collect and analyze 5 inflow samples as described in the application.3) Conduct a synoptic bacterial survey as specified in the application. 4) Summarize water quality information and evaluate lake's trophic status.5) Develop technical report analyzing water quality and trophic status, and develop non-technical report summarizing information for the public.6) Disseminate information to the public through newsletter mailings, public meetings, and summary and entire report mailings.


Grant Details
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
9/9/1993
Waters Involved
Island Lake
Status
Complete

Island Chain Of Lakes Mgnt Dist: Island/Chain/Mccann/Clear Lakes Water Quality Monitoring: Monitor water quality in Clear and McCann Lakes in late summer. Collect fecal coliform samples from selected shoreline areas in late summer. DNR will receive copies of the final report. Information will be disseminated to the public by newsletter andpublic meetings.


Grant Details
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
10/1/2005
Waters Involved
Jump River
Status
Complete

Friends Of Beaver Creek Reserve, Inc.: Holcombe Drawdown Recovery: The Friends of Beaver Creek Reserve propose to survey aquatic plant growth in Lake Holcombe, in Chippewa County, to see if elimination of regular winter drawdowns has contributed to increased aquatic plant health and diversity. Major project elements to include: 1) Aquatic plant sampling, 2) GIS map development, 3) Data evaluation, 4) Final report.


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

Lower Long Lake Prot & Rehab Dist: Long Lake-Watershed Assessment: Primary Goal will be to repeat and update the watershed use study of 1984 to determine the nature of changes in the watershed as well as to look at the watershed area using newer technologies that have become available, especially satellite imaging. A secondary goal will be to analyze oxygen data that has been collected over the last 20 years. These data suggests anoxic conditions are progressively getting worse, a finding which would have serious implications for lake water quality and for which some prevention or treatment options to be considered.


Grant Details
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
4/1/2007
Waters Involved
Long Lake
Status
Complete

Lower Long Lake Prot & Rehab Dist: Long Shoreland Restoration: The Lower Long Lake Protection and Rehabilitation District proposes to plan for establishment of community based performance standards that riparians may adopt to minimize nutrient flow into Lower Long Lake in Chippewa County. Major project elements to include 1) Planning and installation of two shoreland buffers and rain gardens, 2) Documentation of costs associated with these BMPs, 3) Contracting for site evaluations and development of site restoration plans, 4) Workshops and materials for riparians, 5) final report.


Grant Details
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
4/1/2008
Waters Involved
Long Lake
Status
Complete

Lower Long Lake Prot & Rehab Dist: Long Shore Restore 2: The Lower Long Lake Protection and Rehabilitation District proposes to follow up on its shoreland restoration demonstration project by developing a package of incentives to promote establishment of shoreland buffers and installation of management practices to enhance habitat and water quality on Long Lake in Chippewa County.


Grant Details
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
4/1/1999
Waters Involved
Potato Lake
Status
Complete

Rusk County Land Conservation Department: Potato Lake - Lake & Watershed Water Quality Study: Rusk County (and the Potato Lake Association, Inc.) proposes to conduct a lake and watershed water quality study and an evaluation of nutrient loadings to Potato Lake in Rusk County. Project activities would include; compiling watershed land use, soils info, historical and sociological info, acreage, and P loading estimates, disseminating project information via newsletters and association meetings, tabulating and evaluating water quality analyses results, estimating erosion from various watershed land uses, inventorying and assessing loadings from barnyards and streambanks, surveying lake aquatic plants, and compiling a final report.

Specific deliverables for this grant project will include:
? A final report compiling all information collected during the project activities listed above.

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
10/1/2000
Waters Involved
Round Lake
Status
Complete

Round Lake Protection Association, Inc.: Round Lake Watershed Assessment, Chippewa Co.: Round Lake has experienced a burst of development in the past 5 years ( 8 homes ranging in size from 1200 to 5200 sq. feet, with most toward the larger size- those 8 homes have been constructed on lots that average less than 100 feet of shoreline). This development, in conjunction with consideration of DNR data identifying Round Lake as both a phosphorous and aquatic sensitive lake, has prompted the Association to desire to move in the direction of attempting to secure currently undeveloped land and have placed in a protected status. This project will provide the Association with data currently unavailable to establish a priority of available land parcels most critical to maintaining water and aquatic quality.


Grant Details
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
10/1/2005
Waters Involved
Unnamed
Status
Complete

Friends Of Beaver Creek Reserve, Inc.: Holcombe Drawdown Recovery: The Friends of Beaver Creek Reserve propose to survey aquatic plant growth in Lake Holcombe, in Chippewa County, to see if elimination of regular winter drawdowns has contributed to increased aquatic plant health and diversity. Major project elements to include: 1) Aquatic plant sampling, 2) GIS map development, 3) Data evaluation, 4) Final report.


Grant Details
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
4/1/2007
Waters Involved
Unnamed
Status
Complete

Lower Long Lake Prot & Rehab Dist: Long Shoreland Restoration: The Lower Long Lake Protection and Rehabilitation District proposes to plan for establishment of community based performance standards that riparians may adopt to minimize nutrient flow into Lower Long Lake in Chippewa County. Major project elements to include 1) Planning and installation of two shoreland buffers and rain gardens, 2) Documentation of costs associated with these BMPs, 3) Contracting for site evaluations and development of site restoration plans, 4) Workshops and materials for riparians, 5) final report.


Grant Details
Small Scale Lake Planning
Date
2/15/2015
Waters Involved
Chippewa River
Status
Complete

Lake Holcombe Improvement Association Inc.: Hammit Bay Algae: The Lake Holcombe Improvement Association proposes to hire a consulting firm to design and document proposed installation of a culvert to increase water flow between Hammet Bay and Lake Holcombe, thus reducing potential growth of Blue Green Algae. Major project elements to include: 1) Consulting Services, 2) Final Report.


Grant Details
Small Scale Lake Planning
Date
10/1/2002
Waters Involved
Herde Lake
Status
Complete

Lower Long Lake Prot & Rehab Dist: Long Lake Shoreland Restoration/Demo: Students, park users, district property owners and the public will learn more about native shoreland landscaping that will : attract hummingbirds, butterflies and birds; enhance natural beauty of the shoreland; provide wildlife habitat; stabilize the soil; protect the lake.

One objective is for district property owners to protect existing native shoreland and to restore shoreland.

Another objective is to promote good stewardship through education.

The DNR will be provided with both a paper copy and an electronic copy of the final report. Information will be disseminated to the public as described in the grant application.


Grant Details
Small Scale Lake Planning
Date
10/1/2002
Waters Involved
Herde Lake
Status
Complete

Lower Long Lake Prot & Rehab Dist: Long Lake Trail Map/Brochure: This project is based on the DNR Sensitive Area Study. Selected areas impact the ecosystem of Long Lake and have potential for educational purposes.

The sensitive areas are fragile sites that need protection to insure water quality and protection for fish and wildlife habitat. It is important for property owners and others to understand and appreciate the sensitive area designations and implications for LLPRD management decisions.

The goal is to produce a Long Lake Water Trail Map/Brochure based on the DNR Study. A comprehensive guide would be useful for learning about the sensitive areas. Objectives also include understanding recommendations for practices in the designated areas.

The DNR will be provided with both a paper copy and an electronic copy of the final report. Information will be disseminated to the public as described in the grant application.


Grant Details
Small Scale Lake Planning
Date
2/15/2015
Waters Involved
Holcombe Flowage
Status
Complete

Lake Holcombe Improvement Association Inc.: Hammit Bay Algae: The Lake Holcombe Improvement Association proposes to hire a consulting firm to design and document proposed installation of a culvert to increase water flow between Hammet Bay and Lake Holcombe, thus reducing potential growth of Blue Green Algae. Major project elements to include: 1) Consulting Services, 2) Final Report.


Grant Details
Small Scale Lake Planning
Date
2/15/2015
Waters Involved
Jump River
Status
Complete

Lake Holcombe Improvement Association Inc.: Hammit Bay Algae: The Lake Holcombe Improvement Association proposes to hire a consulting firm to design and document proposed installation of a culvert to increase water flow between Hammet Bay and Lake Holcombe, thus reducing potential growth of Blue Green Algae. Major project elements to include: 1) Consulting Services, 2) Final Report.


Grant Details
Small Scale Lake Planning
Date
10/1/2002
Waters Involved
Long Lake
Status
Complete

Lower Long Lake Prot & Rehab Dist: Long Lake Shoreland Restoration/Demo: Students, park users, district property owners and the public will learn more about native shoreland landscaping that will : attract hummingbirds, butterflies and birds; enhance natural beauty of the shoreland; provide wildlife habitat; stabilize the soil; protect the lake.

One objective is for district property owners to protect existing native shoreland and to restore shoreland.

Another objective is to promote good stewardship through education.

The DNR will be provided with both a paper copy and an electronic copy of the final report. Information will be disseminated to the public as described in the grant application.


Grant Details
Small Scale Lake Planning
Date
10/1/2002
Waters Involved
Long Lake
Status
Complete

Lower Long Lake Prot & Rehab Dist: Long Lake Trail Map/Brochure: This project is based on the DNR Sensitive Area Study. Selected areas impact the ecosystem of Long Lake and have potential for educational purposes.

The sensitive areas are fragile sites that need protection to insure water quality and protection for fish and wildlife habitat. It is important for property owners and others to understand and appreciate the sensitive area designations and implications for LLPRD management decisions.

The goal is to produce a Long Lake Water Trail Map/Brochure based on the DNR Study. A comprehensive guide would be useful for learning about the sensitive areas. Objectives also include understanding recommendations for practices in the designated areas.

The DNR will be provided with both a paper copy and an electronic copy of the final report. Information will be disseminated to the public as described in the grant application.


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
Holcombe Flowage Watershed
Watershed Recommendations
Hire County Aquatic Invasives Coordinator
 
Date
Status
Hire Aquatic Invasives (AIS) County Coordinator - Rusk
1/1/2011
Not Proposed
Projects
 
Hire County Aquatic Invasives Coordinator
 
Date
Status
Hire Aquatic Invasives (AIS) County Coordinator - Chippewa
1/1/2011
Not Proposed
Projects
 
Monitor Aquatic Biology
Monitor biology on WBIC: 2349400
Date
Status
Conduct biological (mIBI or fIBI) monitoring on Rice Creek, WBIC: 2349400, AU:15825
5/21/2016
Proposed
Projects
 
Monitor Aquatic Biology
Monitor biology on WBIC: 2351200
Date
Status
Conduct biological (mIBI or fIBI) monitoring on Cedar Creek, WBIC: 2351200, AU:14555
5/21/2016
Proposed
Projects
 
Monitor Fish Tissue
Confirm FCA: IW pre-2000 data
Date
Status
2050000 name Chippewa River TMDL ID 80 Start Mile 80.18 End Mile 105.75
11/21/2011
Proposed
 
Monitor Fish Tissue
Confirm FCA: IW pre-2000 data
Date
Status
11/8/2011
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
Two Island Lake Confirmation of Impaired Water listing
10/24/2011
Proposed
 
Monitor Watershed (Status,Sources,Impairments)
 
Date
Status
Watershed Planning Project for FY09
1/1/2009
Proposed
 
Runoff Evaluation
 
Date
Status
Water Resources Management (WRM) should evaluate nonpoint source water pollution impacts on named streams in this watershed, Birch, Cranberrv. Mud, Tealev. Willow, Foster, Rick, Swift. Cedar, Potato. and McDermott creeks -- to allow for ranking as polluted runoff high, medium or low priority waters or watersheds for grant project ranking.
1/1/2010
Proposed
 
Runoff Evaluation
 
Date
Status
WRM Staff together with the U.S. Geological Survey should identify the sources of sediment inputs into the Chippewa River and document the extent and rate of sedimentation.
1/1/2010
Proposed
 
Holcombe Flowage WatershedWatershed History Note