Lower Big Eau Pleine River PWS Plan -Nine Key Element Plan

Purpose

The Lower Big Eau Pleine River Watershed is a 139 square-mile drainage basin located approximately 15 miles southwest of the city of Wausau (population 37,000) in central Wisconsin. The selection of this watershed complements the Upper Big Eau Pleine River Watershed Priority Watershed Project which began in 1984. Together they cover the entire drainage area to the Big Eau Pleine Reservoir, an eutrophic impoundment. The reservoir is operated by the Wisconsin Valley Improvement Company for flood control and as a source of water for low flow augmentation of the Wisconsin River. The outlet is directly connected to Lake Du Bay and the Wisconsin River. The Lower Big Eau Pleine Watershed is within the Upper Wisconsin River, Central sub-basin. The Lower Big Eau Pleine River Priority Watershed Project plan assesses the nonpoint sources of pollution in the Lower Big Eau Pleine River Watershed and guides the implementation of nonpoint source control measures. These control measures are needed to meet specific water resource objectives for Lower Big Eau Pleine 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 Lower Big Eau Pleine River Priority Watershed Project area.

Objective

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 Lower Big Eau Pleine River Watershed. Water Resources Objectives for the Big Eau Pleine River: 1) Meet recreational use standards: reduce the periodic bacterial levels to less than 400 colonies/100 ml 2) Improve water quality: reduce nutrient, sediment and organic matter delivery to the river and Big Eau Pleine Reservoir and stabilize streambanks at critical locations to reduce instream sedimentation 3) Improve warm water fishery habitat (increase game fish and intolerant species numbers) in the Big Eau Pleine River: reduce sediment, nutrient and organic loading from watershed streams

Outcome

Management actions are described in terms of Best Management Practices (BMPs) needed to control nonpoint sources to the pollutant levels described in the report. The Marathon County LCD will contact all landowners eligible to receive cost-share funds during project implementation and assist with BMP implementation.

Study Design

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

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The Lower Big Eau Pleine River Priority Watershed Project plan assesses the nonpoint sources of pollution in the Lower Big Eau Pleine River Watershed and guides the implementation of nonpoint source control measures. These control measures are needed to meet specific water resource objectives for Lower Big Eau Pleine 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 Lower Big Eau Pleine River Priority Watershed Project area. https://dnr.wi.gov/topic/nonpoint/documents/9kep/expired/LowerBigEauPleineRiver.pdf
 
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Lower Big Eau Pleine River PWS Plan -Nine Key Element Plan - The Lower Big Eau Pleine River Priority Watershed Project plan assesses the nonpoint sources of pollution in the Lower Big Eau Pleine River Watershed and guides the implementation of nonpoint source control measures. These control measures are needed to meet specific water resource objectives for Lower Big Eau Pleine 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 Lower Big Eau Pleine River Priority Watershed Project area. https://dnr.wi.gov/topic/nonpoint/documents/9kep/expired/LowerBigEauPleineRiver.pdf
 
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