Watershed - Upper Rock River (UR12)
Upper Rock River Watershed

Details

The Upper Rock River Watershed is divided roughly in half by a county boundary, with the northern portion of the watershed in Fond du Lac County and the southern portion in Dodge County.This watershed encompasses approximately 258 square miles and includes 335 total stream miles, 1,629 total lake acres, and 40,443 total wetland acres. Wetlands and lakes make up 25% of the water resources in the watershed. The dominant water resources in this watershed are both the West and South branches of the Rock River as well as all of Horicon Marsh. The primary land use is agricultural (59%), but urbanization continues to grow. There are three municipal wastewater facilities discharging into the watershed: Brandon, Burnett and Waupon. The Kekoskee Sanitary District and one industrial facility also discharge in the watershed.

Date  2002

Population, Land Use

The watershed encompasses approximately 259 square miles and includes 335 total stream miles, 1,629 total lake acres, and 34,062 total wetland acres. Agriculture activities and wetlands dominate the landscape in the watershed, with open water/open space and suburban development occurring as minor features.

Date  2010

Nonpoint and Point Sources

There are three municipal wastewater facilities discharging into the watershed: Brandon, Burnett and Waupon. The Kekoskee Sanitary District and one industrial facility also discharge in the watershed.

Date  2010

Ecological Landscapes for Upper Rock River 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

Hydrologic Features

In addition to Horicon Marsh, the dominant water features of the water­shed include the West Branch of the Rock River and the South Branch of the Rock River. A number of small creeks, drainage ditches, and small ponds comprise the remainder of the water features.

Date  2010

Recreational Opportunities

Horicon Marsh consists of both the Horicon National Wildlife Refuge (HNWR), which is administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Horicon Marsh State Wildlife Area (HMWA), which is administered by the Wisconsin De­partment of Natural Resources. The HNWR covers 20,976 acres in the northern 2/3 of the marsh and the HMWA cov­ers 10,928 acres in the southern 1/3 of the marsh, for a combined total of 31,904 acres. The size of the marsh makes it one of the largest freshwater wetlands in the United States. There are 216 species of birds which use Horicon Marsh as well as 32 other bird species which have been reported in the marsh (USFWS, 1994). There is also a wide variety of fish, aquatic animals and mammals which utilize the marsh. Due to the extremely large size of the marsh, as well as other factors such as the diversity of flora and fauna and the large populations of waterfowl it supports, Horicon Marsh has been designated as a “Wetland of International Importance”. This recognition affirms the high natural resource value of Horicon Marsh not only for Wisconsin, but nationally and internationally as well. Horicon Marsh is used by the public for a wide variety of outdoor activities. Wisconsin DNR records show that the most popular activities on the marsh are waterfowl observation, canoeing, duck hunting, goose hunting, deer hunting (gun & bow), fishing, snowmobiling, hiking and dog training and dog trials. These activities combined represent approximately 106,000 visitor days of use of the marsh on the state portion alone. These facts illustrate both the economic and cultural importance of Horicon Marsh.

Date  2010

Upper Rock River Watershed At-a-Glance

Impaired Water in Upper Rock River Watershed
River and Stream QualityAll Waters in Watershed

The major rivers in the watershed are the West Branch Rock River and the South Branch Rock River. A number of small tributaries, both named and unnamed, also populate the watershed. Water quality data has been collected primarily on the two major rivers in the watershed; limited data exists for the smaller tributaries. In October 1997, a project was initiated by a local group to monitor sediment and phosphorous loading to Horicon Marsh. A DNR lake planning grant was obtained, and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) was hired to do the project. A continuous flow monitoring station was installed on the West Branch Rock River, on Hwy 49, prior to the West Branch entering Horicon Marsh but after the South Branch and West Branch combine. Stations were also installed on the East Branch Rock River prior to it entering the state end of Horicon Marsh and in the City of Horicon as the Rock River leaves Horicon marsh. In addition to continuous flow monitoring, an automatic sampler was installed at each station. The sam­plers were to monitor base flow conditions and storm/runoff events. Data was collected for two years and then analyzed and published by USGS. Since that 1997-99 project, the US Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) initiated a watershed project to get best management practices, buffer strips and other practices installed and implemented on lands within the watershed. In 2006, USFWS secured funding to hire a retired Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) District Conservationist through the Fond du Lac County Land & Water Conservation Dept. The employee was able to successfully work with the area land­owners to identify critical source areas, improve relationships with farmers, increase awareness of available programs and get practices implemented. Additional funding was obtained to continue the work through 2009 and is ongoing at this time. Since initiation of the project, 726 tracts of land have been evaluated, which included contacts with 316 individuals. More than 16 miles of buffers have been installed and more than 47, 200 acres now have a conservation or nutrient management plan in place. In addition to the watershed work, Administrative Code NR 217 was implemented which requires point source discharg­ers meet a 1 mg/l phosphorous discharge limit. This resulted in large decreases of phosphorous to the West and South branches of the Rock River. In 2009, USFWS received a challenge cost share fund for another two-year monitoring project. Other partners for this project included USGS, DNR, Rock River Coalition, and Friends of the Horicon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge and the City of Horicon. A DNR river protection grant was obtained along with matching funds from USGS. The monitoring project began in October 2009 as a follow up to the monitoring project in 1997. The current monitoring is being conducted to assess the effectiveness of the point source reductions as well as the previous watershed work. . Preliminary data suggests that the phosphorous reductions to the West and South branches of the Rock River have been substantial with base flow concentrations being reduced tenfold.

Date  2010

Watershed Trout Streams
Watershed Outstanding & Exceptional Resources

Wetland Health

Wetland Status The Upper Rock River Watershed is divided roughly in half by a county boundary, with the northern portion of the watershed in Fond du Lac County and the southern portion in Dodge County. An estimated 22% of the current land uses in the watershed are wetlands. Almost 68% of the original wetlands in the watershed are estimated to exist. Of these wetlands, emergent wetlands (83%), which include wet meadows and marshes, and forested wetlands (7%), dominate the landscape. Wetland Condition Little is known about the condition of the remaining wetlands but estimates of reed canary grass infestations, an opportunistic aquatic invasive wetland plant, into different wetland types has been estimated based on satellite imagery. This information shows that reed canary grass dominates 91% of the existing emergent wetlands and 5% of the remaining shrub wetlands. Reed Canary Grass domination inhibits successful establishment of native wetland species. Wetland Restorability Of the 16,937 acres of estimated lost wetlands in the watershed, approximately 90% are considered potentially restorable based on modeled data, including soil types, land use and land cover (Chris Smith, DNR, 2009).

Date  2010

Impaired Waters

Two rivers in the watershed are on Wisconsin’s impaired waters list as required by section 303(d) of the federal Clean Water Act. Those two are the South Branch Rock River and the West Branch Rock River. Both rivers suf­fer from degraded habitat, and the South Branch Rock River also has low levels of dissolved oxygen. Listing is due to non-point sources of pollution in the West Branch Rock River and a blend of point and non-point sources in the South Branch Rock River. The entire Rock River basin is in the TMDL development process. Horicon Marsh is listed on the Impaired Waters List. It suffers from low dissolved oxygen levels and degraded habi­tat, resulting from elevated levels of total phosphorus and suspended sediment. The sources of these pollutants are from a mix and point and nonpoint sources.

Date  2010

List of Impaired Waters

Lakes and Impoundments

Watershed Grants
Grant Details
Lake Protection Grant
Date
8/1/2002
Waters Involved
Alderley Millpond
Status
Complete

Dodge County: Lco-Dodge Co. Waterway Classification Project: Dodge County Planning & Development Department is interested in revising the Dodge County Shoreland Zoning Regulations and adopting a "waterway" classification system to better regulate and manage the county's water resources.

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

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 appllication.


Grant Details
Lake Protection Grant
Date
8/1/2002
Waters Involved
Beaver Dam Lake
Status
Complete

Dodge County: Lco-Dodge Co. Waterway Classification Project: Dodge County Planning & Development Department is interested in revising the Dodge County Shoreland Zoning Regulations and adopting a "waterway" classification system to better regulate and manage the county's water resources.

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

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 appllication.


Grant Details
Lake Protection Grant
Date
5/15/1995
Waters Involved
Belle Fountain Spring
Status
Complete

Green Lake County: Lco-Green Lake County Ordinance Development Project: Green Lake County will conduct a land use and environmental resource inventory of the watershed surrounding Green Lake, Little Green Lake, and Lake Puckaway. The existing land use conditions in the area will be matched to the regulations governing development in the area and deficiencies in lake and shoreland protection will be noted. The information from the study will be used to update the existing zoning and shoreland protection ordinances and to assess the need for a storm water management ordinance in the County, the stormwater management ordinance, if its need is determined, will be written.

Reimbursement requests can be made every three months and must be accompanied by a progress report. Eligible equipment costs for this project must be used only for lake protection.

Equipment such as cameras, video/audio equipment, and computers must be leased to be an eligible project cost.

Further detail is provided on the attached project cost estimate worksheet, Form 8700-244.


Grant Details
Lake Protection Grant
Date
8/1/2002
Waters Involved
Chub Lake
Status
Complete

Dodge County: Lco-Dodge Co. Waterway Classification Project: Dodge County Planning & Development Department is interested in revising the Dodge County Shoreland Zoning Regulations and adopting a "waterway" classification system to better regulate and manage the county's water resources.

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

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 appllication.


Grant Details
Lake Protection Grant
Date
8/1/2002
Waters Involved
Collins Lake
Status
Complete

Dodge County: Lco-Dodge Co. Waterway Classification Project: Dodge County Planning & Development Department is interested in revising the Dodge County Shoreland Zoning Regulations and adopting a "waterway" classification system to better regulate and manage the county's water resources.

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

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 appllication.


Grant Details
Lake Protection Grant
Date
8/1/2002
Waters Involved
Crystal Lake
Status
Complete

Dodge County: Lco-Dodge Co. Waterway Classification Project: Dodge County Planning & Development Department is interested in revising the Dodge County Shoreland Zoning Regulations and adopting a "waterway" classification system to better regulate and manage the county's water resources.

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

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 appllication.


Grant Details
Lake Protection Grant
Date
8/1/2002
Waters Involved
Crystal Spring
Status
Complete

Dodge County: Lco-Dodge Co. Waterway Classification Project: Dodge County Planning & Development Department is interested in revising the Dodge County Shoreland Zoning Regulations and adopting a "waterway" classification system to better regulate and manage the county's water resources.

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

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 appllication.


Grant Details
Lake Protection Grant
Date
8/1/2002
Waters Involved
Danville Millpond
Status
Complete

Dodge County: Lco-Dodge Co. Waterway Classification Project: Dodge County Planning & Development Department is interested in revising the Dodge County Shoreland Zoning Regulations and adopting a "waterway" classification system to better regulate and manage the county's water resources.

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

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 appllication.


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

Green Lake County: Lco-Green Lake County Ordinance Development Project: Green Lake County will conduct a land use and environmental resource inventory of the watershed surrounding Green Lake, Little Green Lake, and Lake Puckaway. The existing land use conditions in the area will be matched to the regulations governing development in the area and deficiencies in lake and shoreland protection will be noted. The information from the study will be used to update the existing zoning and shoreland protection ordinances and to assess the need for a storm water management ordinance in the County, the stormwater management ordinance, if its need is determined, will be written.

Reimbursement requests can be made every three months and must be accompanied by a progress report. Eligible equipment costs for this project must be used only for lake protection.

Equipment such as cameras, video/audio equipment, and computers must be leased to be an eligible project cost.

Further detail is provided on the attached project cost estimate worksheet, Form 8700-244.


Grant Details
Lake Protection Grant
Date
8/1/2002
Waters Involved
Fox Lake
Status
Complete

Dodge County: Lco-Dodge Co. Waterway Classification Project: Dodge County Planning & Development Department is interested in revising the Dodge County Shoreland Zoning Regulations and adopting a "waterway" classification system to better regulate and manage the county's water resources.

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

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 appllication.


Grant Details
Lake Protection Grant
Date
5/15/1995
Waters Involved
Grand Lake (Millpond)
Status
Complete

Green Lake County: Lco-Green Lake County Ordinance Development Project: Green Lake County will conduct a land use and environmental resource inventory of the watershed surrounding Green Lake, Little Green Lake, and Lake Puckaway. The existing land use conditions in the area will be matched to the regulations governing development in the area and deficiencies in lake and shoreland protection will be noted. The information from the study will be used to update the existing zoning and shoreland protection ordinances and to assess the need for a storm water management ordinance in the County, the stormwater management ordinance, if its need is determined, will be written.

Reimbursement requests can be made every three months and must be accompanied by a progress report. Eligible equipment costs for this project must be used only for lake protection.

Equipment such as cameras, video/audio equipment, and computers must be leased to be an eligible project cost.

Further detail is provided on the attached project cost estimate worksheet, Form 8700-244.


Grant Details
Lake Protection Grant
Date
5/15/1995
Waters Involved
Grand River Marsh*
Status
Complete

Green Lake County: Lco-Green Lake County Ordinance Development Project: Green Lake County will conduct a land use and environmental resource inventory of the watershed surrounding Green Lake, Little Green Lake, and Lake Puckaway. The existing land use conditions in the area will be matched to the regulations governing development in the area and deficiencies in lake and shoreland protection will be noted. The information from the study will be used to update the existing zoning and shoreland protection ordinances and to assess the need for a storm water management ordinance in the County, the stormwater management ordinance, if its need is determined, will be written.

Reimbursement requests can be made every three months and must be accompanied by a progress report. Eligible equipment costs for this project must be used only for lake protection.

Equipment such as cameras, video/audio equipment, and computers must be leased to be an eligible project cost.

Further detail is provided on the attached project cost estimate worksheet, Form 8700-244.


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

Green Lake County: Lco-Green Lake County Ordinance Development Project: Green Lake County will conduct a land use and environmental resource inventory of the watershed surrounding Green Lake, Little Green Lake, and Lake Puckaway. The existing land use conditions in the area will be matched to the regulations governing development in the area and deficiencies in lake and shoreland protection will be noted. The information from the study will be used to update the existing zoning and shoreland protection ordinances and to assess the need for a storm water management ordinance in the County, the stormwater management ordinance, if its need is determined, will be written.

Reimbursement requests can be made every three months and must be accompanied by a progress report. Eligible equipment costs for this project must be used only for lake protection.

Equipment such as cameras, video/audio equipment, and computers must be leased to be an eligible project cost.

Further detail is provided on the attached project cost estimate worksheet, Form 8700-244.


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

Green Lake County: Lco-Green Lake County Ordinance Development Project: Green Lake County will conduct a land use and environmental resource inventory of the watershed surrounding Green Lake, Little Green Lake, and Lake Puckaway. The existing land use conditions in the area will be matched to the regulations governing development in the area and deficiencies in lake and shoreland protection will be noted. The information from the study will be used to update the existing zoning and shoreland protection ordinances and to assess the need for a storm water management ordinance in the County, the stormwater management ordinance, if its need is determined, will be written.

Reimbursement requests can be made every three months and must be accompanied by a progress report. Eligible equipment costs for this project must be used only for lake protection.

Equipment such as cameras, video/audio equipment, and computers must be leased to be an eligible project cost.

Further detail is provided on the attached project cost estimate worksheet, Form 8700-244.


Grant Details
Lake Protection Grant
Date
8/1/2002
Waters Involved
Kekoskee Millpond
Status
Complete

Dodge County: Lco-Dodge Co. Waterway Classification Project: Dodge County Planning & Development Department is interested in revising the Dodge County Shoreland Zoning Regulations and adopting a "waterway" classification system to better regulate and manage the county's water resources.

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

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 appllication.


Grant Details
Lake Protection Grant
Date
8/1/2002
Waters Involved
Lake Emily
Status
Complete

Dodge County: Lco-Dodge Co. Waterway Classification Project: Dodge County Planning & Development Department is interested in revising the Dodge County Shoreland Zoning Regulations and adopting a "waterway" classification system to better regulate and manage the county's water resources.

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

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 appllication.


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

Green Lake County: Lco-Green Lake County Ordinance Development Project: Green Lake County will conduct a land use and environmental resource inventory of the watershed surrounding Green Lake, Little Green Lake, and Lake Puckaway. The existing land use conditions in the area will be matched to the regulations governing development in the area and deficiencies in lake and shoreland protection will be noted. The information from the study will be used to update the existing zoning and shoreland protection ordinances and to assess the need for a storm water management ordinance in the County, the stormwater management ordinance, if its need is determined, will be written.

Reimbursement requests can be made every three months and must be accompanied by a progress report. Eligible equipment costs for this project must be used only for lake protection.

Equipment such as cameras, video/audio equipment, and computers must be leased to be an eligible project cost.

Further detail is provided on the attached project cost estimate worksheet, Form 8700-244.


Grant Details
Lake Protection Grant
Date
5/15/1995
Waters Involved
Little Green Lake
Status
Complete

Green Lake County: Lco-Green Lake County Ordinance Development Project: Green Lake County will conduct a land use and environmental resource inventory of the watershed surrounding Green Lake, Little Green Lake, and Lake Puckaway. The existing land use conditions in the area will be matched to the regulations governing development in the area and deficiencies in lake and shoreland protection will be noted. The information from the study will be used to update the existing zoning and shoreland protection ordinances and to assess the need for a storm water management ordinance in the County, the stormwater management ordinance, if its need is determined, will be written.

Reimbursement requests can be made every three months and must be accompanied by a progress report. Eligible equipment costs for this project must be used only for lake protection.

Equipment such as cameras, video/audio equipment, and computers must be leased to be an eligible project cost.

Further detail is provided on the attached project cost estimate worksheet, Form 8700-244.


Grant Details
Lake Protection Grant
Date
5/15/1995
Waters Involved
Little Twin Lake
Status
Complete

Green Lake County: Lco-Green Lake County Ordinance Development Project: Green Lake County will conduct a land use and environmental resource inventory of the watershed surrounding Green Lake, Little Green Lake, and Lake Puckaway. The existing land use conditions in the area will be matched to the regulations governing development in the area and deficiencies in lake and shoreland protection will be noted. The information from the study will be used to update the existing zoning and shoreland protection ordinances and to assess the need for a storm water management ordinance in the County, the stormwater management ordinance, if its need is determined, will be written.

Reimbursement requests can be made every three months and must be accompanied by a progress report. Eligible equipment costs for this project must be used only for lake protection.

Equipment such as cameras, video/audio equipment, and computers must be leased to be an eligible project cost.

Further detail is provided on the attached project cost estimate worksheet, Form 8700-244.


Grant Details
Lake Protection Grant
Date
8/1/2002
Waters Involved
Lomira Pond
Status
Complete

Dodge County: Lco-Dodge Co. Waterway Classification Project: Dodge County Planning & Development Department is interested in revising the Dodge County Shoreland Zoning Regulations and adopting a "waterway" classification system to better regulate and manage the county's water resources.

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

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 appllication.


Grant Details
Lake Protection Grant
Date
8/1/2002
Waters Involved
Lost Lake
Status
Complete

Dodge County: Lco-Dodge Co. Waterway Classification Project: Dodge County Planning & Development Department is interested in revising the Dodge County Shoreland Zoning Regulations and adopting a "waterway" classification system to better regulate and manage the county's water resources.

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

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 appllication.


Grant Details
Lake Protection Grant
Date
8/1/2002
Waters Involved
Lowell Millpond
Status
Complete

Dodge County: Lco-Dodge Co. Waterway Classification Project: Dodge County Planning & Development Department is interested in revising the Dodge County Shoreland Zoning Regulations and adopting a "waterway" classification system to better regulate and manage the county's water resources.

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

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 appllication.


Grant Details
Lake Protection Grant
Date
8/1/2002
Waters Involved
Lower Mayville Pond 174
Status
Complete

Dodge County: Lco-Dodge Co. Waterway Classification Project: Dodge County Planning & Development Department is interested in revising the Dodge County Shoreland Zoning Regulations and adopting a "waterway" classification system to better regulate and manage the county's water resources.

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

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 appllication.


Grant Details
Lake Protection Grant
Date
5/15/1995
Waters Involved
Mill Pond
Status
Complete

Green Lake County: Lco-Green Lake County Ordinance Development Project: Green Lake County will conduct a land use and environmental resource inventory of the watershed surrounding Green Lake, Little Green Lake, and Lake Puckaway. The existing land use conditions in the area will be matched to the regulations governing development in the area and deficiencies in lake and shoreland protection will be noted. The information from the study will be used to update the existing zoning and shoreland protection ordinances and to assess the need for a storm water management ordinance in the County, the stormwater management ordinance, if its need is determined, will be written.

Reimbursement requests can be made every three months and must be accompanied by a progress report. Eligible equipment costs for this project must be used only for lake protection.

Equipment such as cameras, video/audio equipment, and computers must be leased to be an eligible project cost.

Further detail is provided on the attached project cost estimate worksheet, Form 8700-244.


Grant Details
Lake Protection Grant
Date
8/1/2002
Waters Involved
Mud Lake
Status
Complete

Dodge County: Lco-Dodge Co. Waterway Classification Project: Dodge County Planning & Development Department is interested in revising the Dodge County Shoreland Zoning Regulations and adopting a "waterway" classification system to better regulate and manage the county's water resources.

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

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 appllication.


Grant Details
Lake Protection Grant
Date
8/1/2002
Waters Involved
Neosho Mill Pond
Status
Complete

Dodge County: Lco-Dodge Co. Waterway Classification Project: Dodge County Planning & Development Department is interested in revising the Dodge County Shoreland Zoning Regulations and adopting a "waterway" classification system to better regulate and manage the county's water resources.

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

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 appllication.


Grant Details
Lake Protection Grant
Date
5/15/1995
Waters Involved
Puchyan Millpond
Status
Complete

Green Lake County: Lco-Green Lake County Ordinance Development Project: Green Lake County will conduct a land use and environmental resource inventory of the watershed surrounding Green Lake, Little Green Lake, and Lake Puckaway. The existing land use conditions in the area will be matched to the regulations governing development in the area and deficiencies in lake and shoreland protection will be noted. The information from the study will be used to update the existing zoning and shoreland protection ordinances and to assess the need for a storm water management ordinance in the County, the stormwater management ordinance, if its need is determined, will be written.

Reimbursement requests can be made every three months and must be accompanied by a progress report. Eligible equipment costs for this project must be used only for lake protection.

Equipment such as cameras, video/audio equipment, and computers must be leased to be an eligible project cost.

Further detail is provided on the attached project cost estimate worksheet, Form 8700-244.


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

Green Lake County: Lco-Green Lake County Ordinance Development Project: Green Lake County will conduct a land use and environmental resource inventory of the watershed surrounding Green Lake, Little Green Lake, and Lake Puckaway. The existing land use conditions in the area will be matched to the regulations governing development in the area and deficiencies in lake and shoreland protection will be noted. The information from the study will be used to update the existing zoning and shoreland protection ordinances and to assess the need for a storm water management ordinance in the County, the stormwater management ordinance, if its need is determined, will be written.

Reimbursement requests can be made every three months and must be accompanied by a progress report. Eligible equipment costs for this project must be used only for lake protection.

Equipment such as cameras, video/audio equipment, and computers must be leased to be an eligible project cost.

Further detail is provided on the attached project cost estimate worksheet, Form 8700-244.


Grant Details
Lake Protection Grant
Date
8/1/2002
Waters Involved
Sinissippi Lake (Hustisford)
Status
Complete

Dodge County: Lco-Dodge Co. Waterway Classification Project: Dodge County Planning & Development Department is interested in revising the Dodge County Shoreland Zoning Regulations and adopting a "waterway" classification system to better regulate and manage the county's water resources.

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

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 appllication.


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

Green Lake County: Lco-Green Lake County Ordinance Development Project: Green Lake County will conduct a land use and environmental resource inventory of the watershed surrounding Green Lake, Little Green Lake, and Lake Puckaway. The existing land use conditions in the area will be matched to the regulations governing development in the area and deficiencies in lake and shoreland protection will be noted. The information from the study will be used to update the existing zoning and shoreland protection ordinances and to assess the need for a storm water management ordinance in the County, the stormwater management ordinance, if its need is determined, will be written.

Reimbursement requests can be made every three months and must be accompanied by a progress report. Eligible equipment costs for this project must be used only for lake protection.

Equipment such as cameras, video/audio equipment, and computers must be leased to be an eligible project cost.

Further detail is provided on the attached project cost estimate worksheet, Form 8700-244.


Grant Details
Lake Protection Grant
Date
8/1/2002
Waters Involved
Theresa Marsh Flowage
Status
Complete

Dodge County: Lco-Dodge Co. Waterway Classification Project: Dodge County Planning & Development Department is interested in revising the Dodge County Shoreland Zoning Regulations and adopting a "waterway" classification system to better regulate and manage the county's water resources.

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

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 appllication.


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

Green Lake County: Lco-Green Lake County Ordinance Development Project: Green Lake County will conduct a land use and environmental resource inventory of the watershed surrounding Green Lake, Little Green Lake, and Lake Puckaway. The existing land use conditions in the area will be matched to the regulations governing development in the area and deficiencies in lake and shoreland protection will be noted. The information from the study will be used to update the existing zoning and shoreland protection ordinances and to assess the need for a storm water management ordinance in the County, the stormwater management ordinance, if its need is determined, will be written.

Reimbursement requests can be made every three months and must be accompanied by a progress report. Eligible equipment costs for this project must be used only for lake protection.

Equipment such as cameras, video/audio equipment, and computers must be leased to be an eligible project cost.

Further detail is provided on the attached project cost estimate worksheet, Form 8700-244.


Grant Details
Lake Protection Grant
Date
5/15/1995
Waters Involved
Un Spring
Status
Complete

Green Lake County: Lco-Green Lake County Ordinance Development Project: Green Lake County will conduct a land use and environmental resource inventory of the watershed surrounding Green Lake, Little Green Lake, and Lake Puckaway. The existing land use conditions in the area will be matched to the regulations governing development in the area and deficiencies in lake and shoreland protection will be noted. The information from the study will be used to update the existing zoning and shoreland protection ordinances and to assess the need for a storm water management ordinance in the County, the stormwater management ordinance, if its need is determined, will be written.

Reimbursement requests can be made every three months and must be accompanied by a progress report. Eligible equipment costs for this project must be used only for lake protection.

Equipment such as cameras, video/audio equipment, and computers must be leased to be an eligible project cost.

Further detail is provided on the attached project cost estimate worksheet, Form 8700-244.


Grant Details
Lake Protection Grant
Date
8/1/2002
Waters Involved
Un Spring
Status
Complete

Dodge County: Lco-Dodge Co. Waterway Classification Project: Dodge County Planning & Development Department is interested in revising the Dodge County Shoreland Zoning Regulations and adopting a "waterway" classification system to better regulate and manage the county's water resources.

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

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 appllication.


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

Green Lake County: Lco-Green Lake County Ordinance Development Project: Green Lake County will conduct a land use and environmental resource inventory of the watershed surrounding Green Lake, Little Green Lake, and Lake Puckaway. The existing land use conditions in the area will be matched to the regulations governing development in the area and deficiencies in lake and shoreland protection will be noted. The information from the study will be used to update the existing zoning and shoreland protection ordinances and to assess the need for a storm water management ordinance in the County, the stormwater management ordinance, if its need is determined, will be written.

Reimbursement requests can be made every three months and must be accompanied by a progress report. Eligible equipment costs for this project must be used only for lake protection.

Equipment such as cameras, video/audio equipment, and computers must be leased to be an eligible project cost.

Further detail is provided on the attached project cost estimate worksheet, Form 8700-244.


Grant Details
Lake Protection Grant
Date
8/1/2002
Waters Involved
Unnamed
Status
Complete

Dodge County: Lco-Dodge Co. Waterway Classification Project: Dodge County Planning & Development Department is interested in revising the Dodge County Shoreland Zoning Regulations and adopting a "waterway" classification system to better regulate and manage the county's water resources.

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

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 appllication.


Grant Details
Lake Protection Grant
Date
8/1/2002
Waters Involved
Upper Mayville Millpond 172
Status
Complete

Dodge County: Lco-Dodge Co. Waterway Classification Project: Dodge County Planning & Development Department is interested in revising the Dodge County Shoreland Zoning Regulations and adopting a "waterway" classification system to better regulate and manage the county's water resources.

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

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 appllication.


Grant Details
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
10/1/2001
Waters Involved
Alderley Millpond
Status
Complete

Dodge County: Dodge County Lakes Survey: Dodge County will collect information utilizing a public survey questionnaire in order to determine public opinion about the waters in the county and to see if there is need to conduct a Waterway (Lake & Stream) Classification Project in the future.

A full description of project scope and deliverables is available in the grant application, which is part of this agreement. 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
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
10/1/2001
Waters Involved
Beaver Dam Lake
Status
Complete

Dodge County: Dodge County Lakes Survey: Dodge County will collect information utilizing a public survey questionnaire in order to determine public opinion about the waters in the county and to see if there is need to conduct a Waterway (Lake & Stream) Classification Project in the future.

A full description of project scope and deliverables is available in the grant application, which is part of this agreement. 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
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
10/1/2001
Waters Involved
Chub Lake
Status
Complete

Dodge County: Dodge County Lakes Survey: Dodge County will collect information utilizing a public survey questionnaire in order to determine public opinion about the waters in the county and to see if there is need to conduct a Waterway (Lake & Stream) Classification Project in the future.

A full description of project scope and deliverables is available in the grant application, which is part of this agreement. 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
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
10/1/2001
Waters Involved
Collins Lake
Status
Complete

Dodge County: Dodge County Lakes Survey: Dodge County will collect information utilizing a public survey questionnaire in order to determine public opinion about the waters in the county and to see if there is need to conduct a Waterway (Lake & Stream) Classification Project in the future.

A full description of project scope and deliverables is available in the grant application, which is part of this agreement. 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
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
10/1/2001
Waters Involved
Crystal Lake
Status
Complete

Dodge County: Dodge County Lakes Survey: Dodge County will collect information utilizing a public survey questionnaire in order to determine public opinion about the waters in the county and to see if there is need to conduct a Waterway (Lake & Stream) Classification Project in the future.

A full description of project scope and deliverables is available in the grant application, which is part of this agreement. 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
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
10/1/2001
Waters Involved
Crystal Spring
Status
Complete

Dodge County: Dodge County Lakes Survey: Dodge County will collect information utilizing a public survey questionnaire in order to determine public opinion about the waters in the county and to see if there is need to conduct a Waterway (Lake & Stream) Classification Project in the future.

A full description of project scope and deliverables is available in the grant application, which is part of this agreement. 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
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
10/1/2001
Waters Involved
Danville Millpond
Status
Complete

Dodge County: Dodge County Lakes Survey: Dodge County will collect information utilizing a public survey questionnaire in order to determine public opinion about the waters in the county and to see if there is need to conduct a Waterway (Lake & Stream) Classification Project in the future.

A full description of project scope and deliverables is available in the grant application, which is part of this agreement. 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
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
10/1/2001
Waters Involved
Fox Lake
Status
Complete

Dodge County: Dodge County Lakes Survey: Dodge County will collect information utilizing a public survey questionnaire in order to determine public opinion about the waters in the county and to see if there is need to conduct a Waterway (Lake & Stream) Classification Project in the future.

A full description of project scope and deliverables is available in the grant application, which is part of this agreement. 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
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
10/1/2001
Waters Involved
Kekoskee Millpond
Status
Complete

Dodge County: Dodge County Lakes Survey: Dodge County will collect information utilizing a public survey questionnaire in order to determine public opinion about the waters in the county and to see if there is need to conduct a Waterway (Lake & Stream) Classification Project in the future.

A full description of project scope and deliverables is available in the grant application, which is part of this agreement. 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
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
10/1/2001
Waters Involved
Lake Emily
Status
Complete

Dodge County: Dodge County Lakes Survey: Dodge County will collect information utilizing a public survey questionnaire in order to determine public opinion about the waters in the county and to see if there is need to conduct a Waterway (Lake & Stream) Classification Project in the future.

A full description of project scope and deliverables is available in the grant application, which is part of this agreement. 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
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
10/1/2001
Waters Involved
Lomira Pond
Status
Complete

Dodge County: Dodge County Lakes Survey: Dodge County will collect information utilizing a public survey questionnaire in order to determine public opinion about the waters in the county and to see if there is need to conduct a Waterway (Lake & Stream) Classification Project in the future.

A full description of project scope and deliverables is available in the grant application, which is part of this agreement. 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
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
10/1/2001
Waters Involved
Lost Lake
Status
Complete

Dodge County: Dodge County Lakes Survey: Dodge County will collect information utilizing a public survey questionnaire in order to determine public opinion about the waters in the county and to see if there is need to conduct a Waterway (Lake & Stream) Classification Project in the future.

A full description of project scope and deliverables is available in the grant application, which is part of this agreement. 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
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
10/1/2001
Waters Involved
Lowell Millpond
Status
Complete

Dodge County: Dodge County Lakes Survey: Dodge County will collect information utilizing a public survey questionnaire in order to determine public opinion about the waters in the county and to see if there is need to conduct a Waterway (Lake & Stream) Classification Project in the future.

A full description of project scope and deliverables is available in the grant application, which is part of this agreement. 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
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
10/1/2001
Waters Involved
Lower Mayville Pond 174
Status
Complete

Dodge County: Dodge County Lakes Survey: Dodge County will collect information utilizing a public survey questionnaire in order to determine public opinion about the waters in the county and to see if there is need to conduct a Waterway (Lake & Stream) Classification Project in the future.

A full description of project scope and deliverables is available in the grant application, which is part of this agreement. 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
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
10/1/2001
Waters Involved
Mud Lake
Status
Complete

Dodge County: Dodge County Lakes Survey: Dodge County will collect information utilizing a public survey questionnaire in order to determine public opinion about the waters in the county and to see if there is need to conduct a Waterway (Lake & Stream) Classification Project in the future.

A full description of project scope and deliverables is available in the grant application, which is part of this agreement. 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
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
10/1/2001
Waters Involved
Neosho Mill Pond
Status
Complete

Dodge County: Dodge County Lakes Survey: Dodge County will collect information utilizing a public survey questionnaire in order to determine public opinion about the waters in the county and to see if there is need to conduct a Waterway (Lake & Stream) Classification Project in the future.

A full description of project scope and deliverables is available in the grant application, which is part of this agreement. 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
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
10/1/2001
Waters Involved
Sinissippi Lake (Hustisford)
Status
Complete

Dodge County: Dodge County Lakes Survey: Dodge County will collect information utilizing a public survey questionnaire in order to determine public opinion about the waters in the county and to see if there is need to conduct a Waterway (Lake & Stream) Classification Project in the future.

A full description of project scope and deliverables is available in the grant application, which is part of this agreement. 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
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
10/1/2001
Waters Involved
Theresa Marsh Flowage
Status
Complete

Dodge County: Dodge County Lakes Survey: Dodge County will collect information utilizing a public survey questionnaire in order to determine public opinion about the waters in the county and to see if there is need to conduct a Waterway (Lake & Stream) Classification Project in the future.

A full description of project scope and deliverables is available in the grant application, which is part of this agreement. 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
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
10/1/2001
Waters Involved
Un Spring
Status
Complete

Dodge County: Dodge County Lakes Survey: Dodge County will collect information utilizing a public survey questionnaire in order to determine public opinion about the waters in the county and to see if there is need to conduct a Waterway (Lake & Stream) Classification Project in the future.

A full description of project scope and deliverables is available in the grant application, which is part of this agreement. 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
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
10/1/2001
Waters Involved
Unnamed
Status
Complete

Dodge County: Dodge County Lakes Survey: Dodge County will collect information utilizing a public survey questionnaire in order to determine public opinion about the waters in the county and to see if there is need to conduct a Waterway (Lake & Stream) Classification Project in the future.

A full description of project scope and deliverables is available in the grant application, which is part of this agreement. 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
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
10/1/2001
Waters Involved
Upper Mayville Millpond 172
Status
Complete

Dodge County: Dodge County Lakes Survey: Dodge County will collect information utilizing a public survey questionnaire in order to determine public opinion about the waters in the county and to see if there is need to conduct a Waterway (Lake & Stream) Classification Project in the future.

A full description of project scope and deliverables is available in the grant application, which is part of this agreement. 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
4/1/2004
Waters Involved
Waupun Lake
Status
Complete

Waupun School District: Waupun School District Sense Of Place Project: The Waupun School District will use this grant to educate citizens and youth about their place in the watershed and the value to their lives of healthy local water resources, and help them participate in planning and implementation of protection and management of those waters. The educational techniques include student art projects, multi-media presentations, and other documents or materials created by students and presented during several community-wide events, including a capstone event at the end of summer classes.

A full description of project deliverables is included in the grant application, which is a part of this agreement.


Grant Details
Targeted Runoff - Rural Construction
Date
8/10/2005
Waters Involved
Unnamed
Status
Cancelled

Dodge County : Dubberpuhl Noi: To install practices designed to remediate NR151 performance standard violations voluntarily for direct runoff & unlimited livestock access to waters of the state.


Grant Details
Urban Nonpoint - Stormwater Planning
Date
1/1/2002
Waters Involved
South Branch Rock River
Status
Complete

City Of Waupun: Stormwater Management Plan Development: to cost-share development of stormwater management plan @ 70%


Grant Details
Urban Nonpoint - Stormwater Planning
Date
1/1/2003
Waters Involved
South Branch Rock River
Status
Complete

City Of Waupun: Stormwater Utility Development: To cost-share @70% analysis and development of a stormwater utility district.


Grant Details
River Planning Grant
Date
10/18/2000
Waters Involved
Rock River
Status
Complete

Rock River Headwaters, Inc: Organizational Transition & Outreach Coordinator: Rock River Headwaters Inc. (RRHI) will hire a transition and outreach coordinator position. That position will:
1) assist agencies, groups and individual in the transition from Horicon Marsh area Coalition's informal collaborative approaches to RRHI's new organizational structure, 2) help incorporate HMAC's traditions and collaborative process into RRHI, 3) Work at retaining and revitalizing existing members of HMAC for RRHI, 4) organize scientific materials and information already prepared by HMAC and make it available to others, 5) use collected data to identify problems and present these to entities that can address them, 6) prepare and present programs to reawaken community interest and reach new groups of people, 7) assist in developing a citizen's participation process for the DNR's State of the Basin Report.

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 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
River Protection Grant
Date
7/1/2009
Waters Involved
Rock River
Status
Complete

Rock River Coalition, Inc: Rock River & Horicon Marsh Volunteer Initiative: The Rock River Coalition, Inc., partnering with USGS, USFWS, the City of Horicon and WDNR will conduct a water quality monitoring project to determine if conservation practices installed since 2000 in the Upper Rock River Basin watershed has resulted in measureable improved water quality, provide a current baseline of water quality to assess changes occurring after 2009, foster citizen involvement and train citizen monitors in sample collection. The project will: 1) collect and analyze nutrient and sediment samples from two tributary streams and the outlet of Horicon Marsh; 2) compile an analysis of point and non-point source practices installed since 2000; 3) compare the new data to data collected in a similar study done in 1998 and 1999 to determine if water quality improvements have occurred. Along with a final report, project deliverables include: 1) an assessment of nutrient and sediment loading to the Horicon Marsh; 2) an assessment of effectiveness of point and non-point pollution reduction practices to reduce pollutant load to the marsh; and 3) provide data to help determine the accuracy of the TMDL modeling that will be done as part of the Rock River Basin TMDL project.


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.

Monitoring Studies

A number of projects have occurred in the Upper Rock River watershed throughout the years. These projects fall into the categories of aquatic invasive species monitoring, baseline stream monitoring, fisheries surveys, targeted moni­toring projects, and watercraft inspections.

Date  2010

Upper Rock River Watershed

Goals

9/23/2010
• Create and implement Rock River Recovery Plan in the Upper Rock Basin for specific streams and wetlands where phosphorous and sediment reduction goals are established through Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) development.
9/23/2010
• Identify, protect, and restore critical wetland areas to provide ecosystem stability including pollutant attenua­tion, critical habitat and other important functional values.

Priorities

4/7/2010
Issues of concern in the watershed include sediment and nutrient (nitrogen and phosphorus) delivery to waterbodies resulting in poor water quality and impacts of aquatic invasive species (primarily phragmites and reed canary grass).
Watershed Recommendations
Action Migrated from WATERS
 
Date
Status
Forestry Management (FM) staff should work with local partners to encourage the use of good forest stewardship to maintain healthy forests to help minimize the effects of high populations of insects.
10/8/2010
Proposed
 
Aquatic Plants - Management Project
 
Date
Status
WM staff should encourage the use of milfoil weevils and limited use of selective herbicides to control the propagation and spread of Eurasian water milfoil.
10/8/2010
Proposed
 
Citizen-Based Stream Monitoring
 
Date
Status
FM staff should work with local partners to monitor insect populations in sensitive woodlands.
10/8/2010
Proposed
 
Dam Safety or Removal
 
Date
Status
WM staff should evaluate the feasibility of removing the Waupun Millpond dam.
10/8/2010
Proposed
 
Dam Safety or Removal
 
Date
Status
WM staff should, as opportunities arise, work with partners to assist in abandoning and removing dams and restoring the in-stream and near-shore areas as dams are removed.
10/8/2010
Proposed
 
Easement/Buffer
 
Date
Status
WM staff, with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), should identify and implement feasible strategies for acquiring or otherwise protecting critical wetlands and other environmentally sensitive areas, including conservation buffers on streams surrounding Horicon Marsh.
10/8/2010
Proposed
 
Easement/Buffer
 
Date
Status
The City of Waupun should consider acquisition of river corridor lands in the watershed using the state Urban Rivers and/or Streambank Protection funds under the state's Stewardship Program.
10/8/2010
Proposed
 
Easement/Buffer
 
Date
Status
WM should work with county LCD, lake organizations, and conservation organizations to promote and install conservation buffers along all intermittent and perennial streams, wetlands, ponds, and lakes through easements, land acquisitions, and voluntary land owner cooperation.
10/8/2010
Proposed
 
Habitat Restoration - Upland
 
Date
Status
FM staff should encourage the planting of permanent cover (like trees, shrubs, and grasses) on erodable lands.
10/8/2010
Proposed
 
Hire County Aquatic Invasives Coordinator
 
Date
Status
Hire Aquatic Invasives (AIS) County Coordinator - Fond du Lac
1/1/2011
Not Proposed
Projects
 
Hire County Aquatic Invasives Coordinator
 
Date
Status
Hire Aquatic Invasives (AIS) County Coordinator - Dodge
1/1/2011
Not Proposed
Projects
 
Information and Education
 
Date
Status
FM staff should work with county and local governments to educate landowners and provide educational materials that discourage the developments in woodlots, or protect the woodlands during construction, and help maintain woodlots and work to connect the woodlots in watersheds and the Basin.
10/8/2010
Proposed
 
Information and Education
 
Date
Status
Watershed Management (WM) staff should encourage Dodge and Fond Du Lac counties to more aggressively enforce and educate residents concerning shoreland/wetland protection zoning ordinances.
10/8/2010
Proposed
 
Monitor Aquatic Biology
Monitor biology on WBIC: 871200
Date
Status
Conduct biological (mIBI or fIBI) monitoring on Unnamed, WBIC: 871200, AU:5735252
5/21/2016
Proposed
Projects
 
Monitor Targeted Area
 
Date
Status
Work with the US Fish and Wildlife to assess the impacts of poor water quality on the Horicon marsh system.
10/8/2010
Proposed
 
Monitor Water Quality or Sediment
West Branch Rock River Temp
Date
Status
Would like more than 3 months of data on this site to list for TEMP. Possible to get one more field season for additional [data]. AU: 11566; ID: 10044757
5/1/2018
Proposed
Projects
 
Natural Areas Protection
 
Date
Status
WM staff should encourage governments, non-profit conservation organizations and landowners to protect the remaining high quality natural areas in the watershed.
10/8/2010
Proposed
 
Protect Riparian or Shorelands
 
Date
Status
WM staff should restrict future channelization of streams in the Upper Rock River Watershed to reduce sediment and nutrient loading to Horicon Marsh.
10/8/2010
Proposed
 
Protect Riparian or Shorelands
 
Date
Status
WM staff should work with local partners to discourage landowners from removing all shoreline vegetation, with the exception of viewing/access areas.
10/8/2010
Proposed
 
Restore Wetlands
 
Date
Status
WM staff should work with public and private partnerships to install and restore wetlands in the watershed for water quality enhancement and to provide flood storage capacity in the watershed.
10/8/2010
Proposed
 
Rivers Management Grant
 
Date
Status
WM staff should work with the villages and cities in the watershed to apply for funding through the TRM or Urban Nonpoint Pollution grant programs to develop stormwater management plans and install practices that control urban stormwater impacts.
10/8/2010
Proposed
 
Runoff Evaluation
 
Date
Status
Watershed Management (WM) staff should assess the effect of polluted runoff on the West Branch of the Rock River, the South Branch of the Rock River and their tributaries.
10/8/2010
Proposed
 
Stormwater Planning, Implementation
 
Date
Status
The City of Waupun should continue to implement the stormwater management plan that was developed to improve urban runoff. This should be done to improve water quality and reduce runoff quantity.
10/8/2010
Proposed
 
TMDL Implementation
Rock River TMDL
Date
Status
Continue work on the Rock River Recovery TMDL Implementation Plan to restore the Upper Rock portions of this impaired basin.
10/8/2010
Proposed
 
Upper Rock River WatershedWater Plans and PartnershipsRead the Watershed Plan

The 2010 Plan for the Upper Rock Watershed is available.

Date  2010

Watershed History Note

The Village of Waupun, in the Rock River Valley, was founded in 1839 by Seymour Wilcox. Waupun was settled by a mix of Irish, English, Scottish, German, Norwegian and Dutch settlers. In 1851, Waupun was chosen as the site for a state penitentiary because of the great abundance of limestone and the close proximity to the proposed Rock River Valley Railroad. Seymour Wilcox donated 20 acres of land to the state for the construction of the prison that opened its doors in 1852. The original cell hall had 288 cells and was built using convict labor at a cost of $325 a cell. This magnificent structure is located in the heart of the city with all of the original building in use today. The railroad reached Waupun in the mid-1800s. As a result of the railroad's arrival, Waupun became a prosperous hub of commerce and industry. The man who made the most significant impact on industry in Waupun was Clarence Addison Shaler. Shaler was an educated farmer who turned into an industrial mogul. With his innovations, foresight and leadership, Shaler brought economic progress to the city. Umbrellas, vulcanizers, golf clubs and rivets were all a part of his manufacturing successes. Today, National Rivet stands in downtown Waupun, a tribute to Shaler and his contribution to Waupun's industrial success, along with the original 1904 Carnegie Library. National Rivet started as a manufacturer of fastening components for brake linings in the 1920s. As a supplier of aluminum aircraft rivets during World War II, the company really "took off". Once we demonstrated our quality capabilities and production capacity, virtually all of the aircraft rivets for the American war effort came through National Rivet's Waupun, Wisconsin facilities, where we are still located today. During the War, National Rivet earned an "E Flag", which is a production efficiency award from the Army and Navy.

Date  2010