Watershed - Middle and South Branches Embarrass Rive (WR11)
Middle and South Branches Embarrass Rive Watershed

Details

The Middle and South Branches of the Embarrass River Watershed are in Shawano, Marathon and Langlade counties and cover 251 square miles. This consists of 52 miles of the Middle Branch of the Embarrass River. The soils, geology and other physical resources indicate there are areas highly susceptible to groundwater contamination due to poor land use practices. A data search revealed groundwater samples with contamination, mainly from pesticides. The Winnebago Comprehensive Management Plan rated this watershed a medium priority because of locally significant soil erosion and animal waste problems. Most of the buffer areas along the streams are natural and undisturbed. The data search for the Wolf River Basin Plan indicates moderate polluted runoff problems exist, with excess vegetation and habitat deterioration.

Date  2001

Nonpoint and Point Sources

One industrial point source discharger and four municipal point source dischargers lie in the watershed: Village of Birnamwood, Caroline Sanitary District No. 1, Village of Tigerton, Village of Wittenberg, and AMP1 Morning Glory Farms Division, Wittenberg.

Date  1996

Ecological Landscapes for Middle and South Branches Embarrass Rive Watershed

Ecological Landscapes

The Middle and South Branches Embarrass River Watershed are located primarily in the Forest Transition Ecological Landscape which lies along the northern border of Wisconsin's Tension Zone, through the central and western part of the state, and supports both northern forests and agricultural areas. The central portion of the Forest Transition lies primarily on a glacial till plain deposited by glaciation between 25,000 and 790,000 years ago. The eastern and western portions are on moraines of the Wisconsin glaciation. The growing season in this part of the state is long enough that agriculture is viable, although climatic conditions are not as favorable as in southern Wisconsin. Soils are diverse, ranging from sandy loam to loam or shallow silt loam, and from poorly drained to well drained. The historic vegetation of the Forest Transition was primarily northern hardwood forest. These northern hardwoods were dominated by sugar maple and hemlock, and contained some yellow birch, red pine and white pine. Currently, over 60% of this Ecological Landscape is non-forested. Forested areas consist primarily of northern hardwoods and aspen, with smaller amounts of oak and lowland hardwoods. The eastern portion of the Ecological Landscape differs from the rest of the area in that it remains primarily forested, and includes some ecologically significant areas. Throughout the Ecological Landscape, small areas of conifer swamp are found near the headwaters of streams, and associated with lakes in kettle depressions on moraines. Ground flora show characteristics of both northern and southern Wisconsin, as this Ecological Landscape lies along the Tension Zone.

Date  2010

Watershed Documents
Watershed Grants
Grant Details
Lake Protection Grant
Date
9/1/2012
Waters Involved
Mud Lake
Status
Complete

Marathon County: Lco-Marathon Class 5: Marathon County proposes to continue toward completion of its Phase _ efforts to classify 11 lakes in eastern Marathon County. Major project elements to include: 1) Water quality sampling and analysis, 2) Fisheries and aquatic species analysis, 3) Habitat, shoreland and paleolimnological surveys, 4) cultural surveys and outreach, 5) build-out assessment and monitoring.


Grant Details
Lake Protection Grant
Date
9/1/2012
Waters Involved
Mud Lake
Status
Complete

Marathon County: Lco-Marathon Class 6: Marathon County proposes to continue toward completion of its Phase 1 efforts to classify 11 lakes in eastern Marathon County. Major project elements to include: 1) Water quality sampling and analysis, 2) Fisheries and aquatic species analysis, 3) Habitat, shoreland and paleolimnological surveys, 4) Cultural surveys and outreach, 5) Build-out assessment and monitoring.


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

Shawano County: Acq-Kluck Land Acquisition On Wilson Lake: Shawano County proposes to purchase 71 acres of land known as the Kluck parcel on Wilson Lake for conservancy purposes.


Grant Details
Small Scale Lake Planning
Date
10/1/2010
Waters Involved
Mayflower Lake
Status
Complete

Mayflower Lake District: Mayflower Do Meter: The Mayflower Lake District proposes to purchase a dissolved oxygen meter to monitor dissolved oxygen levels in Mayflower Lake in Marathon County, and to facilitate the entering of this data into the SWIMS database.


Grant Details
Targeted Runoff - Rural Construction
Date
1/1/2004
Waters Involved
McVay Brook
Status
Complete

Marathon County Lcd: Peterson Farm Noi: to costshare NOI at 70%


Grant Details
Targeted Runoff - Rural Construction
Date
1/1/2004
Waters Involved
Norrie Brook
Status
Complete

Marathon County: Buss Farm Noi: to costshare at 70% NOI


Grant Details
Targeted Runoff - Rural Construction
Date
9/1/2002
Waters Involved
Unnamed
Status
Complete

Marathon County: Ostrowski Farms Nod: To cost-share landowner installation of BMPs mandated by NOD & by special statute provision


Monitoring & Projects

Projects including grants, restoration work and studies shown below have occurred in this watershed. Click the links below to read through the text. While these are not an exhaustive list of activities, they provide insight into the management activities happening in this watershed.

Grants and Management Projects
Middle and South Branches Embarrass Rive Watershed
Watershed Recommendations
Hire County Aquatic Invasives Coordinator
 
Date
Status
Aquatic Invasives County Coordinator - Shawano County
1/1/2011
Not Proposed
Projects
 
Monitor Aquatic Biology
Monitor biology on WBIC: 309900
Date
Status
Conduct biological (mIBI or fIBI) monitoring on Unnamed, WBIC: 309900, AU:1486233
5/21/2016
Proposed
 
Monitor Fish Tissue
Confirm FCA: IW listed from pre-year 2000 FCA data
Date
Status
11/4/2011
Proposed
 
Middle and South Branches Embarrass Rive WatershedWatershed History Note