Large Scale Lake Planning
Over approximately seven years, the U.S. Geological Survey and the Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission, at the request of the Whitewater-Rice Lakes Management District, have been conducting lake management-related data collection and analysis efforts. These efforts have now been integrated into a lake management plan for Whitewater and Rice Lakes, which plan addresses the water quality, recreational use, and natural resource problems of the Lakes. The preparation of the plan was a cooperative effort by the Whitewater-Rice Lakes Management District, the U.S. Geological Survey, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, and the Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission
Consolidate data gathered by the DNR, U.S.G.S. and others to identify potential point and nonpoint sources, quantify inputs and evaluate the water budget of the system. Quantify the extrent of any existing water quantity and quality problems. Assess thedemand for, and types of, water-based recreation on and around the lakes, their impacts on the lakes and the degree to which they are met. Identify specific planning and management needs. Formulate appropriate holistic plans to protect and manage the lakes.
Lake Management Plan Development
Data analysis, report production