Little River PWS Plan - Nine Key Element Plan

Purpose

The Little River Watershed is located in Oconto and Marinette Counties in northern Wisconsin and is 218 square miles in size. There are 15 streams and 23 lakes, as well as the nearshore waters of Green Bay in this watershed which are affected by nonpoint source pollution to varying degrees. Nonpoint source pollution is the pollution carried to the surface water or groundwater through the action of rainfall runoff or snowmelt. In this watershed the sources of this type of pollution include: upland erosion, streambank erosion, gully erosion, barnyard runoff, and field spread manure runoff. The Little River Priority Watershed Project plan assesses the nonpoint sources of pollution in the Little River Watershed and guides the implementation of nonpoint source control measures. These control measures are needed to meet specific water resource objectives for Little River and its tributaries. The purpose of this project is to reduce the amount of pollutants originating from nonpoint sources that reach surface water and groundwater within the Little River Priority Watershed Project area.

Objective

This plan sets objectives for each stream or lake and the level of nonpoint source control needed to reach the objectives. The report also describes the administrative procedure and the agency responsibilities for carrying out the plan. The primary objective of the project is to reduce nonpoint source pollution to the surface water and groundwater, and to enhance and protect the water quality of streams in the Little River Watershed.

Outcome

The water quality of the streams and lakes within the watershed were assessed with several methods. The basic goal of these assessments was to determine the use each water resource is currently supporting and the potential use the resources could support if nonpoint source pollution is controlled. Examples of water resource uses are fishing and contact recreational uses such as swimming. The severity of the nonpoint sources of pollution was also assessed. With the help of state funding, the counties hired staff to conduct an inventory of the various sources. This information was collected on a "subwatershed" basis. The overall watershed was divided into 8 subwatersheds based on the lands draining to the major surface water resources within the watershed. The DNR will be responsible for evaluating the progress of the project. The evaluation will include looking as changes in land use and calculated pollution levels as a results of BMP implementation. The actual changes in water quality and water use that resulted from the project will be measured.

Study Design

http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/nonpoint/documents/9kep/expired/LittleRiver.pdf

Related Reports

Run Project Summary Report
View Umbrella-Projects
View Related-Projects

Watershed Planning
Priority Watershed Plan
NKE55
1986
Complete
 
Reports and Documents
The Little River Priority Watershed Project plan assesses the nonpoint sources of pollution in the Little River Watershed and guides the implementation of nonpoint source control measures. These control measures are needed to meet specific water resource objectives for Little River and its tributaries. The purpose of this project is to reduce the amount of pollutants originating from nonpoint sources that reach surface water and groundwater within the Little River Priority Watershed Project area. https://dnr.wi.gov/topic/nonpoint/documents/9kep/expired/LittleRiver.pdf
 
Activities & Recommendations
ATTAINS Alternative Restoration Approach
Little River PWS Plan - Nine Key Element Plan - The Little River Priority Watershed Project plan assesses the nonpoint sources of pollution in the Little River Watershed and guides the implementation of nonpoint source control measures. These control measures are needed to meet specific water resource objectives for Little River and its tributaries. The purpose of this project is to reduce the amount of pollutants originating from nonpoint sources that reach surface water and groundwater within the Little River Priority Watershed Project area.
Nine Key Element Plan
Little River PWS Plan - Nine Key Element Plan - The Little River Priority Watershed Project plan assesses the nonpoint sources of pollution in the Little River Watershed and guides the implementation of nonpoint source control measures. These control measures are needed to meet specific water resource objectives for Little River and its tributaries. The purpose of this project is to reduce the amount of pollutants originating from nonpoint sources that reach surface water and groundwater within the Little River Priority Watershed Project area.
 
Watershed
 
Waters