Pheasant Branch and Six Mile Creek TWA


Baseline streams monitoring project focusing on monitoring watersheds and determining management actions at the HUC 12 scale. Specific parameters and collection frequencies will vary depending on the monitoring objectives of each particular watershed.

Study Design

Multiple SWIMS stations located on multiple streams within a HUC12 watershed. Standard DNR SOPs will be used for grab water chemistry samples, macroinvertebrate collections, fish community assessments and habitat surveys.

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Targeted Watershed Approach
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Reports and Documents
Many of Wisconsin’s water quality standards require multiple visits to make an assessment decision. Every year, several stream sites are monitored and the field data collected during each visit are used to “flag” problem waters. In the next year, follow up monitoring is carried out on the “flagged” waters where the data suggest there is an impairment, but there are insufficient data to make that determination based on the State’s minimum data requirements. In 2015, Water Action Volunteers stream monitors who live nearby the recommended follow up sites were asked to assist in the monitoring process by collecting water samples to be analyzed for total phosphorus at the Wisconsin State Lab of Hygiene.