Muskego-Wind Lakes PWS Plan - Nine Key Element Plan

Purpose

The Muskego-Wind Lakes Priority Watershed Project plan assesses the nonpoint sources of pollution in the Muskego-Wind Lakes Watershed and guides the implementation of nonpoint source control measures. These control measures are needed to meet specific water resource objectives for the Muskego-Wind Lakes Priority Watershed Project area. The purpose of this project is to reduce the amount of pollutants originating from nonpoint sources that reach surface water and groundwater within the Muskego-Wind Lakes Priority Watershed Project area. All of the lakes exhibit excessive aquatic weed and algae growth and provide abundant habitat for carp and bullhead. Warming of lake temperatures, periodic low dissolved oxygen levels and discharge of organic matter are other conditions impairing fish habitat. Turbidity in the lakes and channels is intensified by relatively high numbers of bottom-feeding fish. Past municipal wastewater discharges have contributed to heavy organic nutrient loads to Big Muskego and Wind Lakes. Currently, municipal wastewater is diverted outside of the watershed, but the impacts of past abuses have continuing effects as nutrients in bottom sediments are resuspended with each seasonal overturn. There are no known industrial wastewater discharges in the watershed.

Objective

The goals and objectives of this plan focus on achieving optimum biological and recreational uses in the Muskego-Wind Lakes and their tributary streams. They provide the basis for prescribing nonpoint source pollution control best management practices and the criteria by which water quality improvements will be evaluated when the project is completed. 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 Muskego-Wind Lakes Watershed.

Outcome

Water resource goals and objectives are presented below: 1) Protect/improve recreational and aesthetic value by decreasing the growth of nuisance algae and aquatic plants. 2) Protect/improve swimmable waters by increasing water clarity. 3) Enhance fish and wildlife habitat. 4) Maximize fisheries potential. 5) Reduce the outflow of sediments and nutrients to other water bodies. 6) Re-establish aquatic plant growth. 7) Enhance habitat for endangered species and waterfowl.

Study Design

http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/nonpoint/documents/9kep/expired/Muskego_Wind_Lakes-Plan.pdf

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The Muskego-Wind Lakes Priority Watershed Project plan assesses the nonpoint sources of pollution in the Muskego-Wind Lakes Watershed and guides the implementation of nonpoint source control measures. These control measures are needed to meet specific water resource objectives for the Muskego-Wind Lakes Priority Watershed Project area. The purpose of this project is to reduce the amount of pollutants originating from nonpoint sources that reach surface water and groundwater within the Muskego-Wind Lakes Priority Watershed Project area. https://dnr.wi.gov/topic/nonpoint/documents/9kep/expired/Muskego_Wind_Lakes-Plan.pdf
 
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Muskego-Wind Lakes PWS Plan - Nine Key Element Plan - The Muskego-Wind Lakes Priority Watershed Project plan assesses the nonpoint sources of pollution in the Muskego-Wind Lakes Watershed and guides the implementation of nonpoint source control measures. These control measures are needed to meet specific water resource objectives for the Muskego-Wind Lakes Priority Watershed Project area. The purpose of this project is to reduce the amount of pollutants originating from nonpoint sources that reach surface water and groundwater within the Muskego-Wind Lakes Priority Watershed Project area.
 
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