Watershed - Weirgor Creek and Brunet River (UC19)
Weirgor Creek and Brunet River Watershed

Details

The 207,356 acre Weirgor Creek and Brunet River Watershed is located in Sawyer and Ruck counties and is largely forested. It supports potato and rutabaga farming, as well as livestock operations. Impact from agriculture appears minimal, but this has been poorly documented. Forestry is the primary industry in the watershed and a potential nonpoint source problem. The Big Weirgor and Brunet River watershed contains 13 trout streams, and of these, 11, are listed as Class I. Given the value of the fisheries resource, surprising little is known about current status of many of these streams.

Date  1996

Ecological Landscapes for Weirgor Creek and Brunet River Watershed

Ecological Landscapes

The North Central Forest Ecological Landscape 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 Education
Date
10/1/2009
Waters Involved
Couderay River
Status
Complete

Courte Oreilles Lake Assoc.: Lac Courte Oreilles Lake Aquatic Plant Survey & Management Plan: The Courte Oreilles Lakes Assoc. will sponsor a project to conduct a baseline point-intercept plant survey and complete an Aquatic Plant Management Plan for Big Courte Oreilles Lake.

Project goals includes: 1)Develop an APM plan to guide management efforts of both native and invasive plants; 2) Complete a plant survey to provide a baseline of the existing plant community; 3) Develop an early detection and rapid response plan; 4) Develop an invasive species prevention strategy including education and monitoring; 5) Maintain a healthy aquatic plant community.

Project deliverables include: 1) A comprehensive APM plan; 2) Interpretation of the results of the aquatic plant survey; 3) Provide maps (including CLP beds) to the lake association for management; 4) An early detection/rapid response plan for aquatic invasive species (AIS); 5) An AIS prevention strategy.

Specific conditions: 1) The WDNR will be provided electronic and hard copies of all data and or reports/plans generated as a result of this project; 2) Contact UW-Extension staff for information on training, workshops or educational materials for the AIS Monitoring (Laura Herman, 715-365-8998) Program.; 3) Begin implementing the pre and post monitoring program following DNR protocol; 4) Provide hard copy of point intercept data in proper spreadsheet format.


Grant Details
Aquatic Invasives Education
Date
4/1/2010
Waters Involved
East Fork Chippewa River
Status
Complete

Chippewa Flowage Area Property Owners Assoc: Chippewa Flowage Ais Project: Chippewa Flowage Area Property Owners Association will conduct an AIS program that will reduce the problem of AIS (purple loosestrife, Eurasian water milfoil (EWM)) in the Chippewa Flowage through monitoring, education, control and prevention.

Project goals includes: 1) Develop a Clean Boats, Clean Waters program for five landings on the Chippewa Flowage; 2) Perform a survey of all 33 boat landings to determine presence/absence of EWM at or near the landings; 3) Develop a resort owner educational program on boat landing improvements and signage; 4) Continue to survey, raise biocontrol, and control purple loosestrife; 5) Develop a test plot to determine effectiveness of herbicide control on EWM in boat landing areas.

Project deliverables include: 1) Provide results of the EWM control testing (Hay Creek); 2) Provide maps of EWM presence at or near boat landings; 3) Provide maps for Purple loosestrife locations (including herbicide control and beetle release sites); 4) Provide the department a summary of the volunteer AIS monitoring and number of hours/boaters contacted under Clean Boats, Clean Waters Program; 5) Provide a summary of the educational activities at the landings including signage.

Specific conditions for this Project: 1) The WDNR will be provided electronic and hard copies of all data and or reports/plans generated as a result of this project; 2) APM Permit must be approved prior to EWM treatment; 3) Implement the department pre and post monitoring protocol at EWM herbicide treatment sites; 4) Contact UW-Extension staff for information on training, workshops or educational materials for the AIS Monitoring (Laura Herman, 715-365-8998) Program; 5) Contact Christal Campbell (608-266-0061) and Erin McFarlane (715-346-4978) prior to constructing signs to make sure a consistent message is being sent.


Grant Details
Aquatic Invasives Education
Date
4/1/2010
Waters Involved
Lake Chippewa
Status
Complete

Chippewa Flowage Area Property Owners Assoc: Chippewa Flowage Ais Project: Chippewa Flowage Area Property Owners Association will conduct an AIS program that will reduce the problem of AIS (purple loosestrife, Eurasian water milfoil (EWM)) in the Chippewa Flowage through monitoring, education, control and prevention.

Project goals includes: 1) Develop a Clean Boats, Clean Waters program for five landings on the Chippewa Flowage; 2) Perform a survey of all 33 boat landings to determine presence/absence of EWM at or near the landings; 3) Develop a resort owner educational program on boat landing improvements and signage; 4) Continue to survey, raise biocontrol, and control purple loosestrife; 5) Develop a test plot to determine effectiveness of herbicide control on EWM in boat landing areas.

Project deliverables include: 1) Provide results of the EWM control testing (Hay Creek); 2) Provide maps of EWM presence at or near boat landings; 3) Provide maps for Purple loosestrife locations (including herbicide control and beetle release sites); 4) Provide the department a summary of the volunteer AIS monitoring and number of hours/boaters contacted under Clean Boats, Clean Waters Program; 5) Provide a summary of the educational activities at the landings including signage.

Specific conditions for this Project: 1) The WDNR will be provided electronic and hard copies of all data and or reports/plans generated as a result of this project; 2) APM Permit must be approved prior to EWM treatment; 3) Implement the department pre and post monitoring protocol at EWM herbicide treatment sites; 4) Contact UW-Extension staff for information on training, workshops or educational materials for the AIS Monitoring (Laura Herman, 715-365-8998) Program; 5) Contact Christal Campbell (608-266-0061) and Erin McFarlane (715-346-4978) prior to constructing signs to make sure a consistent message is being sent.


Grant Details
Aquatic Invasives Education
Date
4/1/2010
Waters Involved
West Fork Chippewa River
Status
Complete

Chippewa Flowage Area Property Owners Assoc: Chippewa Flowage Ais Project: Chippewa Flowage Area Property Owners Association will conduct an AIS program that will reduce the problem of AIS (purple loosestrife, Eurasian water milfoil (EWM)) in the Chippewa Flowage through monitoring, education, control and prevention.

Project goals includes: 1) Develop a Clean Boats, Clean Waters program for five landings on the Chippewa Flowage; 2) Perform a survey of all 33 boat landings to determine presence/absence of EWM at or near the landings; 3) Develop a resort owner educational program on boat landing improvements and signage; 4) Continue to survey, raise biocontrol, and control purple loosestrife; 5) Develop a test plot to determine effectiveness of herbicide control on EWM in boat landing areas.

Project deliverables include: 1) Provide results of the EWM control testing (Hay Creek); 2) Provide maps of EWM presence at or near boat landings; 3) Provide maps for Purple loosestrife locations (including herbicide control and beetle release sites); 4) Provide the department a summary of the volunteer AIS monitoring and number of hours/boaters contacted under Clean Boats, Clean Waters Program; 5) Provide a summary of the educational activities at the landings including signage.

Specific conditions for this Project: 1) The WDNR will be provided electronic and hard copies of all data and or reports/plans generated as a result of this project; 2) APM Permit must be approved prior to EWM treatment; 3) Implement the department pre and post monitoring protocol at EWM herbicide treatment sites; 4) Contact UW-Extension staff for information on training, workshops or educational materials for the AIS Monitoring (Laura Herman, 715-365-8998) Program; 5) Contact Christal Campbell (608-266-0061) and Erin McFarlane (715-346-4978) prior to constructing signs to make sure a consistent message is being sent.


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

West Wisconsin Land Trust: Acq-Stockman Property Deer Lake Ii: The West Wisconsin Land Trust proposes to purchase an easement on approximately 75 acres of the Stockman property on Deer Lake in Sawyer County. The easement protects 4,600 feet of lake frontage and eliminates any option of development on the protected property.


Grant Details
Lake Protection Grant
Date
9/1/2007
Waters Involved
Deer Creek
Status
Complete

West Wisconsin Land Trust: Acq-Stockman Property Deer Lake Ii: The West Wisconsin Land Trust proposes to purchase an easement on approximately 75 acres of the Stockman property on Deer Lake in Sawyer County. The easement protects 4,600 feet of lake frontage and eliminates any option of development on the protected property.


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

West Wisconsin Land Trust: Acq-Mcmillins Deer Lake 1/2 Mile: The West Wisconsin Land Trust proposes to purchase an easement on 78.6 acres of the Tom McMillin property on Deer Lake in Sawyer County. The easement protects 2,640 feet of lake frontage and eliminates any option of development on the protected property.


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

West Wisconsin Land Trust: Acq-Stockman Property Deer Lake Ii: The West Wisconsin Land Trust proposes to purchase an easement on approximately 75 acres of the Stockman property on Deer Lake in Sawyer County. The easement protects 4,600 feet of lake frontage and eliminates any option of development on the protected property.


Grant Details
Lake Protection Grant
Date
9/1/2007
Waters Involved
Deer Lake
Status
Complete

West Wisconsin Land Trust: Acq-Stockman Property Deer Lake Ii: The West Wisconsin Land Trust proposes to purchase an easement on approximately 75 acres of the Stockman property on Deer Lake in Sawyer County. The easement protects 4,600 feet of lake frontage and eliminates any option of development on the protected property.


Grant Details
Lake Protection Grant
Date
9/1/2007
Waters Involved
Unnamed
Status
Complete

West Wisconsin Land Trust: Acq-Stockman Property Deer Lake Ii: The West Wisconsin Land Trust proposes to purchase an easement on approximately 75 acres of the Stockman property on Deer Lake in Sawyer County. The easement protects 4,600 feet of lake frontage and eliminates any option of development on the protected property.


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
Weirgor Creek and Brunet River Watershed
Watershed Recommendations
Hire County Aquatic Invasives Coordinator
 
Date
Status
Hire Aquatic Invasives (AIS) County Coordinator - Rusk
1/1/2011
Not Proposed
Projects
 
Monitor Aquatic Biology
Monitor biology on WBIC: 2370400
Date
Status
Conduct biological (mIBI or fIBI) monitoring on Big Weirgor Creek, WBIC: 2370400, AU:1516657
5/21/2016
Proposed
 
Monitor Fish Tissue
Confirm FCA: IW listed from pre-year 2000 FCA data
Date
Status
11/7/2011
Proposed
 
Monitor Fish Tissue
Confirm FCA: IW listed from pre-year 2000 FCA data
Date
Status
11/1/2011
Proposed
 
Monitor Targeted Watershed Area (TWA)
Big Weirgor Creek TWA 2017
Date
Status
Conduct TWA Monitoring of Big Weirgor Creek including fish, macroinvertebrates and habitat. Create Water Quality Plan from TWA Project.
1/1/2015
In Progress
Projects
 
Water Quality Planning
Big Weirgor Creek Trace Metal Sampling
Date
Status
Big Weirgor Creek Trace Metal Sampling
1/1/2016
Proposed
Projects
 
Weirgor Creek and Brunet River WatershedWatershed History Note