Watershed - Johnson Creek (UR07)
Johnson Creek Watershed

Details

The Johnson Creek watershed is located in Jefferson County and is 28,939 acres in size. The watershed is dominated by agriculture (62%) and wetlands (18%). Johnson Creek 's municipal wastewater treatment plant discharges in the watershed. Tremendous urbanization has occurred in the area. A large commercial mall and new multi-family residences and other large-scale commercial facilities are being constructed in the watershed. These new developments have significantly increased the stormwater runoff quantity and quality problems.

Date  2002

Ecological Landscapes for Johnson Creek Watershed

Ecological Landscapes

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

Watershed Grants
Grant Details
Lake Protection Grant
Date
10/1/1999
Waters Involved
Bean Lake
Status
Complete

Jefferson Co Lwcd: Lco-Jefferson County Lake Classification: Jefferson County Land and Water Conservation Department will undertake a lake classification process. The resulting lake classification system will enable the County and other lake management entities to implement appropriate lake management strategies in a priority -driven and efficient manner. It will result in the protection and restoration of the water quality and natural ecosystems of the lakes in Jefferson County.

A full description of the project scope and project deliverables is available in the grant application, which is a part of this aggreement.


Grant Details
Lake Protection Grant
Date
10/1/1999
Waters Involved
Blue Spring Lake
Status
Complete

Jefferson Co Lwcd: Lco-Jefferson County Lake Classification: Jefferson County Land and Water Conservation Department will undertake a lake classification process. The resulting lake classification system will enable the County and other lake management entities to implement appropriate lake management strategies in a priority -driven and efficient manner. It will result in the protection and restoration of the water quality and natural ecosystems of the lakes in Jefferson County.

A full description of the project scope and project deliverables is available in the grant application, which is a part of this aggreement.


Grant Details
Lake Protection Grant
Date
10/1/1999
Waters Involved
Cushman Pond
Status
Complete

Jefferson Co Lwcd: Lco-Jefferson County Lake Classification: Jefferson County Land and Water Conservation Department will undertake a lake classification process. The resulting lake classification system will enable the County and other lake management entities to implement appropriate lake management strategies in a priority -driven and efficient manner. It will result in the protection and restoration of the water quality and natural ecosystems of the lakes in Jefferson County.

A full description of the project scope and project deliverables is available in the grant application, which is a part of this aggreement.


Grant Details
Lake Protection Grant
Date
10/1/1999
Waters Involved
Firemen Park Pond
Status
Complete

Jefferson Co Lwcd: Lco-Jefferson County Lake Classification: Jefferson County Land and Water Conservation Department will undertake a lake classification process. The resulting lake classification system will enable the County and other lake management entities to implement appropriate lake management strategies in a priority -driven and efficient manner. It will result in the protection and restoration of the water quality and natural ecosystems of the lakes in Jefferson County.

A full description of the project scope and project deliverables is available in the grant application, which is a part of this aggreement.


Grant Details
Lake Protection Grant
Date
10/1/1999
Waters Involved
Golden Lake
Status
Complete

Jefferson Co Lwcd: Lco-Jefferson County Lake Classification: Jefferson County Land and Water Conservation Department will undertake a lake classification process. The resulting lake classification system will enable the County and other lake management entities to implement appropriate lake management strategies in a priority -driven and efficient manner. It will result in the protection and restoration of the water quality and natural ecosystems of the lakes in Jefferson County.

A full description of the project scope and project deliverables is available in the grant application, which is a part of this aggreement.


Grant Details
Lake Protection Grant
Date
10/1/1999
Waters Involved
Goose Lake
Status
Complete

Jefferson Co Lwcd: Lco-Jefferson County Lake Classification: Jefferson County Land and Water Conservation Department will undertake a lake classification process. The resulting lake classification system will enable the County and other lake management entities to implement appropriate lake management strategies in a priority -driven and efficient manner. It will result in the protection and restoration of the water quality and natural ecosystems of the lakes in Jefferson County.

A full description of the project scope and project deliverables is available in the grant application, which is a part of this aggreement.


Grant Details
Lake Protection Grant
Date
10/1/1999
Waters Involved
Green Isle Lake
Status
Complete

Jefferson Co Lwcd: Lco-Jefferson County Lake Classification: Jefferson County Land and Water Conservation Department will undertake a lake classification process. The resulting lake classification system will enable the County and other lake management entities to implement appropriate lake management strategies in a priority -driven and efficient manner. It will result in the protection and restoration of the water quality and natural ecosystems of the lakes in Jefferson County.

A full description of the project scope and project deliverables is available in the grant application, which is a part of this aggreement.


Grant Details
Lake Protection Grant
Date
10/1/1999
Waters Involved
Hahns Lake
Status
Complete

Jefferson Co Lwcd: Lco-Jefferson County Lake Classification: Jefferson County Land and Water Conservation Department will undertake a lake classification process. The resulting lake classification system will enable the County and other lake management entities to implement appropriate lake management strategies in a priority -driven and efficient manner. It will result in the protection and restoration of the water quality and natural ecosystems of the lakes in Jefferson County.

A full description of the project scope and project deliverables is available in the grant application, which is a part of this aggreement.


Grant Details
Lake Protection Grant
Date
10/1/1999
Waters Involved
Heiden Pond
Status
Complete

Jefferson Co Lwcd: Lco-Jefferson County Lake Classification: Jefferson County Land and Water Conservation Department will undertake a lake classification process. The resulting lake classification system will enable the County and other lake management entities to implement appropriate lake management strategies in a priority -driven and efficient manner. It will result in the protection and restoration of the water quality and natural ecosystems of the lakes in Jefferson County.

A full description of the project scope and project deliverables is available in the grant application, which is a part of this aggreement.


Grant Details
Lake Protection Grant
Date
10/1/1999
Waters Involved
Hoopers Millpond
Status
Complete

Jefferson Co Lwcd: Lco-Jefferson County Lake Classification: Jefferson County Land and Water Conservation Department will undertake a lake classification process. The resulting lake classification system will enable the County and other lake management entities to implement appropriate lake management strategies in a priority -driven and efficient manner. It will result in the protection and restoration of the water quality and natural ecosystems of the lakes in Jefferson County.

A full description of the project scope and project deliverables is available in the grant application, which is a part of this aggreement.


Grant Details
Lake Protection Grant
Date
10/1/1999
Waters Involved
Hope Lake
Status
Complete

Jefferson Co Lwcd: Lco-Jefferson County Lake Classification: Jefferson County Land and Water Conservation Department will undertake a lake classification process. The resulting lake classification system will enable the County and other lake management entities to implement appropriate lake management strategies in a priority -driven and efficient manner. It will result in the protection and restoration of the water quality and natural ecosystems of the lakes in Jefferson County.

A full description of the project scope and project deliverables is available in the grant application, which is a part of this aggreement.


Grant Details
Lake Protection Grant
Date
10/1/1999
Waters Involved
Kurtz Pond
Status
Complete

Jefferson Co Lwcd: Lco-Jefferson County Lake Classification: Jefferson County Land and Water Conservation Department will undertake a lake classification process. The resulting lake classification system will enable the County and other lake management entities to implement appropriate lake management strategies in a priority -driven and efficient manner. It will result in the protection and restoration of the water quality and natural ecosystems of the lakes in Jefferson County.

A full description of the project scope and project deliverables is available in the grant application, which is a part of this aggreement.


Grant Details
Lake Protection Grant
Date
10/1/1999
Waters Involved
Lake Koshkonong
Status
Complete

Jefferson Co Lwcd: Lco-Jefferson County Lake Classification: Jefferson County Land and Water Conservation Department will undertake a lake classification process. The resulting lake classification system will enable the County and other lake management entities to implement appropriate lake management strategies in a priority -driven and efficient manner. It will result in the protection and restoration of the water quality and natural ecosystems of the lakes in Jefferson County.

A full description of the project scope and project deliverables is available in the grant application, which is a part of this aggreement.


Grant Details
Lake Protection Grant
Date
10/1/1999
Waters Involved
Lake Ripley
Status
Complete

Jefferson Co Lwcd: Lco-Jefferson County Lake Classification: Jefferson County Land and Water Conservation Department will undertake a lake classification process. The resulting lake classification system will enable the County and other lake management entities to implement appropriate lake management strategies in a priority -driven and efficient manner. It will result in the protection and restoration of the water quality and natural ecosystems of the lakes in Jefferson County.

A full description of the project scope and project deliverables is available in the grant application, which is a part of this aggreement.


Grant Details
Lake Protection Grant
Date
10/1/1999
Waters Involved
Lake Victoria
Status
Complete

Jefferson Co Lwcd: Lco-Jefferson County Lake Classification: Jefferson County Land and Water Conservation Department will undertake a lake classification process. The resulting lake classification system will enable the County and other lake management entities to implement appropriate lake management strategies in a priority -driven and efficient manner. It will result in the protection and restoration of the water quality and natural ecosystems of the lakes in Jefferson County.

A full description of the project scope and project deliverables is available in the grant application, which is a part of this aggreement.


Grant Details
Lake Protection Grant
Date
10/1/1999
Waters Involved
Maunesha Flowage
Status
Complete

Jefferson Co Lwcd: Lco-Jefferson County Lake Classification: Jefferson County Land and Water Conservation Department will undertake a lake classification process. The resulting lake classification system will enable the County and other lake management entities to implement appropriate lake management strategies in a priority -driven and efficient manner. It will result in the protection and restoration of the water quality and natural ecosystems of the lakes in Jefferson County.

A full description of the project scope and project deliverables is available in the grant application, which is a part of this aggreement.


Grant Details
Lake Protection Grant
Date
10/1/1999
Waters Involved
Mud Lake
Status
Complete

Jefferson Co Lwcd: Lco-Jefferson County Lake Classification: Jefferson County Land and Water Conservation Department will undertake a lake classification process. The resulting lake classification system will enable the County and other lake management entities to implement appropriate lake management strategies in a priority -driven and efficient manner. It will result in the protection and restoration of the water quality and natural ecosystems of the lakes in Jefferson County.

A full description of the project scope and project deliverables is available in the grant application, which is a part of this aggreement.


Grant Details
Lake Protection Grant
Date
10/1/1999
Waters Involved
Mud Lake
Status
Complete

Jefferson Co Lwcd: Lco-Jefferson County Lake Classification: Jefferson County Land and Water Conservation Department will undertake a lake classification process. The resulting lake classification system will enable the County and other lake management entities to implement appropriate lake management strategies in a priority -driven and efficient manner. It will result in the protection and restoration of the water quality and natural ecosystems of the lakes in Jefferson County.

A full description of the project scope and project deliverables is available in the grant application, which is a part of this aggreement.


Grant Details
Lake Protection Grant
Date
10/1/1999
Waters Involved
Perch Lake
Status
Complete

Jefferson Co Lwcd: Lco-Jefferson County Lake Classification: Jefferson County Land and Water Conservation Department will undertake a lake classification process. The resulting lake classification system will enable the County and other lake management entities to implement appropriate lake management strategies in a priority -driven and efficient manner. It will result in the protection and restoration of the water quality and natural ecosystems of the lakes in Jefferson County.

A full description of the project scope and project deliverables is available in the grant application, which is a part of this aggreement.


Grant Details
Lake Protection Grant
Date
10/1/1999
Waters Involved
Red Cedar Lake
Status
Complete

Jefferson Co Lwcd: Lco-Jefferson County Lake Classification: Jefferson County Land and Water Conservation Department will undertake a lake classification process. The resulting lake classification system will enable the County and other lake management entities to implement appropriate lake management strategies in a priority -driven and efficient manner. It will result in the protection and restoration of the water quality and natural ecosystems of the lakes in Jefferson County.

A full description of the project scope and project deliverables is available in the grant application, which is a part of this aggreement.


Grant Details
Lake Protection Grant
Date
10/1/1999
Waters Involved
Rock Lake
Status
Complete

Jefferson Co Lwcd: Lco-Jefferson County Lake Classification: Jefferson County Land and Water Conservation Department will undertake a lake classification process. The resulting lake classification system will enable the County and other lake management entities to implement appropriate lake management strategies in a priority -driven and efficient manner. It will result in the protection and restoration of the water quality and natural ecosystems of the lakes in Jefferson County.

A full description of the project scope and project deliverables is available in the grant application, which is a part of this aggreement.


Grant Details
Lake Protection Grant
Date
10/1/1999
Waters Involved
Rome Mill Pond
Status
Complete

Jefferson Co Lwcd: Lco-Jefferson County Lake Classification: Jefferson County Land and Water Conservation Department will undertake a lake classification process. The resulting lake classification system will enable the County and other lake management entities to implement appropriate lake management strategies in a priority -driven and efficient manner. It will result in the protection and restoration of the water quality and natural ecosystems of the lakes in Jefferson County.

A full description of the project scope and project deliverables is available in the grant application, which is a part of this aggreement.


Grant Details
Lake Protection Grant
Date
10/1/1999
Waters Involved
Rose Lake
Status
Complete

Jefferson Co Lwcd: Lco-Jefferson County Lake Classification: Jefferson County Land and Water Conservation Department will undertake a lake classification process. The resulting lake classification system will enable the County and other lake management entities to implement appropriate lake management strategies in a priority -driven and efficient manner. It will result in the protection and restoration of the water quality and natural ecosystems of the lakes in Jefferson County.

A full description of the project scope and project deliverables is available in the grant application, which is a part of this aggreement.


Grant Details
Lake Protection Grant
Date
10/1/1999
Waters Involved
Round Lake
Status
Complete

Jefferson Co Lwcd: Lco-Jefferson County Lake Classification: Jefferson County Land and Water Conservation Department will undertake a lake classification process. The resulting lake classification system will enable the County and other lake management entities to implement appropriate lake management strategies in a priority -driven and efficient manner. It will result in the protection and restoration of the water quality and natural ecosystems of the lakes in Jefferson County.

A full description of the project scope and project deliverables is available in the grant application, which is a part of this aggreement.


Grant Details
Lake Protection Grant
Date
10/1/1999
Waters Involved
Spring Lake
Status
Complete

Jefferson Co Lwcd: Lco-Jefferson County Lake Classification: Jefferson County Land and Water Conservation Department will undertake a lake classification process. The resulting lake classification system will enable the County and other lake management entities to implement appropriate lake management strategies in a priority -driven and efficient manner. It will result in the protection and restoration of the water quality and natural ecosystems of the lakes in Jefferson County.

A full description of the project scope and project deliverables is available in the grant application, which is a part of this aggreement.


Grant Details
Lake Protection Grant
Date
10/1/1999
Waters Involved
Un Spring
Status
Complete

Jefferson Co Lwcd: Lco-Jefferson County Lake Classification: Jefferson County Land and Water Conservation Department will undertake a lake classification process. The resulting lake classification system will enable the County and other lake management entities to implement appropriate lake management strategies in a priority -driven and efficient manner. It will result in the protection and restoration of the water quality and natural ecosystems of the lakes in Jefferson County.

A full description of the project scope and project deliverables is available in the grant application, which is a part of this aggreement.


Grant Details
Lake Protection Grant
Date
10/1/1999
Waters Involved
Unnamed
Status
Complete

Jefferson Co Lwcd: Lco-Jefferson County Lake Classification: Jefferson County Land and Water Conservation Department will undertake a lake classification process. The resulting lake classification system will enable the County and other lake management entities to implement appropriate lake management strategies in a priority -driven and efficient manner. It will result in the protection and restoration of the water quality and natural ecosystems of the lakes in Jefferson County.

A full description of the project scope and project deliverables is available in the grant application, which is a part of this aggreement.


Grant Details
Lake Protection Grant
Date
10/1/1999
Waters Involved
Upper Spring Lake
Status
Complete

Jefferson Co Lwcd: Lco-Jefferson County Lake Classification: Jefferson County Land and Water Conservation Department will undertake a lake classification process. The resulting lake classification system will enable the County and other lake management entities to implement appropriate lake management strategies in a priority -driven and efficient manner. It will result in the protection and restoration of the water quality and natural ecosystems of the lakes in Jefferson County.

A full description of the project scope and project deliverables is available in the grant application, which is a part of this aggreement.


Grant Details
Urban Nonpoint - Stormwater Planning
Date
1/1/2007
Waters Involved
Unnamed
Status
Complete

Village Of Johnson Creek: Stormwater Plan & Utility: To cost share feasibility analysis & implementation of a storm water financing mechanism, establishment of storm water ordinances, and development of a storm water plan.


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

Village Of Johnson Creek: Johnson Creek River Education Center: The Village of Johnson Creek will sponsor a project involving Johnson Creek, Jefferson county. The goal of this project is to create a vision and conceptual design for a River Education Center. A consultant will be hired to assess and inventory resources that already exist and to engage the public and multiple stakeholders in this initiative for the purpose of building a program, support, and a non-profit partnering organization. Along with a final report from the consultant, project deliverables include: 1) two workshops and a public meeting; 2) formation of a non-profit River Partners group; 3) creation of a PowerPoint presentation and brochures; and 4) a map detailing the conceptual design.


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.

Johnson Creek Watershed
Johnson Creek WatershedWatershed History Note

The first two settlers in the Village of Johnson Creek, located in the Johnson Creek Watershed were Charles Goodhue and Timothy Johnson. Johnson also founded nearby Watertown. The village was positioned where the Union Pacific railroad crossed Johnson Creek just above the point where the stream empties into the Rock River. The Union Pacific spur currently runs from Fort Atkinson to Clyman Junction. The economy is now more dependent on Interstate 94. A large outlet mall shopping complex was built in 1998 to capitalize on this traffic. The once famous hotel, supper club, and roadside attraction, "The Gobbler", was located at the intersection of STH 26 and I-94 in Johnson Creek. It was designed in the late 1960's by Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin architect Helmut Ajango for local turkey farmer Clarence Hartwig and opened in 1967. The Gobbler Supper Club (later renamed the Round Stone Restaurant) was styled to resemble a turkey's head when viewed from overhead. A rotating circular bar that completed one revolution every 80 minutes was a signature centerpiece of the building. In June 2008, the Frank Lloyd Wright Wisconsin Tourism Program hosted "The Gobbler Gala" at the restaurant. The dinner featured talks by Gobbler architect Ajango and Wright historian Sidney Robinson. In December 2009, an auction was held to sell the property.

Date  2011