Beaver Creek PWS Plan - Nine Key Element Plan

Purpose

http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/nonpoint/documents/9kep/expired/BeaverCreek.pdf The Beaver Creek Watershed is a 101,066 square mile drainage area located in the unglaciated region of west central Wisconsin. The north and south forks of Beaver Creek originate in western Jackson County, which contains 20 percent of the watershed area. The north and south forks of Beaver Creek flow into Trempealeau County where they combine at the Village of Ettrick to form the main stem of Beaver Creek. Beaver Creek and the remainder of its watershed are contained within Trempealeau County. The creek is impounded in the City of Galesville to form Lake Marinuka. Beaver Creek joins the Black River below Galesville. The Beaver Creek Watershed was selected as a priority watershed project under the Wisconsin Nonpoint Source Water Pollution Abatement Program to protect and improve the many high quality trout streams and their associated forage fish communities. These waters are threatened by agricultural nonpoint source pollutants, notably sediment and animal wastes that are causing general habitat degradation. Other reasons for carrying out this project include reducing the impact of agricultural nonpoint pollutant sources on Lake Marinuka, which was recently rehabilitated through an Inland Lake Project by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

Objective

The Department of Natural Resources conducted a water resources appraisal to determine the conditions of streams in the watershed, the pollutants affecting these streams, and the potential for improving the streams through a nonpoint source pollutant control program. Appraisal techniques included fish surveys, macroinvertebrate sampling, a stream habitat evaluation, and aerial reconnaissance.The Jackson and Trempealeau County Land Conservation Departments conducted an agricultural pollutant source survey, with financial assistance from the Department of Natural Resources, to identify the sources of sediment and animal wastes. This survey included an inventory of upland sheet and rill erosion covering 100 percent of the watershed, a streambank erosion inventory covering 72 percent of the streambanks in the watershed, and an inventory of all livestock operations. The livestock operation inventory was used to determine the pollution hazard posed by the barnyards as well as to identify the need for controlling winterspread manure. This information was used to develop a pollution control strategy for the water resources of the Beaver Creek Watershed. This pollution control strategy, and the information and analysis upon which it is based, are the principal components of this watershed plan for the Beaver Creek Priority Watershed Project.

Outcome

Meeting the pollutant control needs in the Beaver Creek Watershed will be a joint effort of many individuals and agencies. Landowners, volunteer groups, Land Conservation Departments and the DNR will be participating in the project. There will be pre-project monitoring, BMP implementation, and post-project monitoring to evaluate the project.

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Reports and Documents
Beaver Creek PWS Plan - Nine Key Element Plan
July, 1987 A NONPOINT SOURCE CONTROL PLAN FOR THE BEAVER CREEK PRIORITY WATERSHED PROJECT https://dnr.wi.gov/topic/nonpoint/documents/9kep/expired/BeaverCreek.pdf
Beaver Creek PWS Plan - Nine Key Element Plan
 
Activities & Recommendations
Nine Key Element Plan
The Beaver Creek Watershed was selected as a priority watershed project under the Wisconsin Nonpoint Source Water Pollution Abatement Program to protect and improve the many high quality trout streams and their associated forage fish communities. These waters are threatened by agricultural nonpoint source pollutants, notably sediment and animal wastes that are causing general habitat degradation. Other reasons for carrying out this project include reducing the impact of agricultural nonpoint pollutant sources on Lake Marinuka, which was recently rehabilitated through an Inland Lake Project by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.
ATTAINS Alternative Restoration Approach
Beaver Creek PWS Plan - Nine Key Element Plan - The Beaver Creek Watershed was selected as a priority watershed project under the Wisconsin Nonpoint Source Water Pollution Abatement Program to protect and improve the many high quality trout streams and their associated forage fish communities. These waters are threatened by agricultural nonpoint source pollutants, notably sediment and animal wastes that are causing general habitat degradation. Other reasons for carrying out this project include reducing the impact of agricultural nonpoint pollutant sources on Lake Marinuka, which was recently rehabilitated through an Inland Lake Project by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.
 
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