Sinsinawa River Targeted Watershed Assessment, Grant County With 2021 and 2022 Addendum

Purpose

This project monitored the contemporary status of streams in the watershed to evaluate its overall health. The department needed current fish, habitat, and macroinvertebrate data for streams in the watershed. Volunteers have collected phosphorus data at the watershed pour point; it exceeds the total phosphorus criteria. Fisheries determined the Sinsinawa River to be a very productive smallmouth bass system that has been subject to periodic fish kills. This survey will help determine priority area in which to work. The data was also used to determine whether streams in this system are achieving attainable use and to assess the overall health of the watershed as required by CWA Section 303(d) and Section 305(b). This project is located in HUC12 070600050203. Read the Sinsinawa River Targeted Watershed Assessment, Grant County *2021 and 2022 Update: Grant County and NRCS are developing a NWQI planning project for the Sinsinawa Watershed. Total phosphorus, total nitrogen, nitrate-nitrite, ammonia, and total suspended solids monitoring will be added to this project to get a baseline of concentrations in the watershed before BMP implementation begins as part of the NWQI project.

Objective

Data gathered by this project was used to determine management actions to take to protect a quality, highly vulnerable smallmouth bass fishery. It will also help the land conservation department and other interested organizations determine what and where certain best management practices can be most effective. *2021 and 2022 Update: Grant County and NRCS are developing a NWQI planning project for the Sinsinawa Watershed. Total phosphorus, total nitrogen, nitrate-nitrite, ammonia, and total suspended solids monitoring at 4 sites will be added to this project to get a baseline of concentrations in the watershed. The 4 stations to be monitored in 2021 and 2022 are: Galena River (Sinsinawa River) at Center Rd, Sinsinawa River at STH 11 near Hazel Green WI, Sinsinawa River at Sinsinawa Rd (Bi), and Unnamed Trib (941100) to Sinsinawa River at York Rd.

Outcome

Fisheries, habitat, and macrovinvertebrate data will be collected on 12 sites in the watershed (HUC 12). Data will be collected during the field season of the 2016 calendar year. Data will be entered into the FH database and SWIMS. Updated streams narratives and watershed reports will be entered into SWIMS and WATERS. All data will be entered into the respective database by December, 2016 or whenever it becomes available. Final report will be drafted in winter 2017/18. *2021 and 2022 Update: Grant County and NRCS are developing a NWQI planning project for the Sinsinawa Watershed. Total phosphorus, total nitrogen, nitrate-nitrite, ammonia, and total suspended solids monitoring at 4 sites will be added to this project to get a baseline of concentrations in the watershed. The baseline data will help to determine concentrations of the parameters listed above before BMP implementation beings as part of the NWQI project.

Study Design

Data will be collected in accordance with accepted department SOPs and techniques.

Related Reports

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Targeted Watershed Approach
Evaluation (TP SSC, Stressor, Bioassess)
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2016
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Reports and Documents
Assessments and recommendations for the Watershed. Sinsinawa River Targeted Watershed Assessment: A Water Quality Report to Restore Wisconsin Watersheds, 2018
Sinsinawa River - upstream at Louisberg Rd (940200) photo by JAmes Amrhein
A narrative that describes the results and recommendations based on the Sinsinawa River Targeted Watershed Assessment conducted in 2016.
Riffle (1) - Sinsinawa River at Sinsinawa Rd (940200) photo by Amrhein, James
Sinsinawa River at Sinsinawa Rd Bridge (640200) photo by James Amrhein
Riffle (2) - Sinsinawa River at Sinsinawa Rd (940200) photo by Amrhein, James
Landscape (6) Sinsinawa River TWA 2016 project (940200) photo by Jim Amrhein
Landscape (3) Sinsinawa River TWA 2016 project (940200) photo by Jim Amrhein
Landscape (8) Sinsinawa River TWA 2016 project (940200) photo by Jim Amrhein
Landscape (2) Sinsinawa River TWA 2016 project (940200) photo by Jim Amrhein
Sinsinawa River at Smally (940200) photo by James Amrhein
Sinsinawa River at Smally(2) (940200) photo by James Amrhein
Landscape (7) Sinsinawa River TWA 2016 project (940200) photo by James Amrhein
Landscape (1) Sinsinawa River TWA 2016 project (940200) photo by Jim Amrhein
Sinsinawa River - Downstream at Sinsinawa Rd (940200) photo by James Amrhein
Sinsinawa River - upstream at Sinsinawa Rd (940200) photo by James Amrhein
Sinsinawa River - upstream at Sinsinawa Rd(2) (940200) photo by James Amrhein
Sinsinawa River - upstream at Sinsinawa Rd(3) (940200) photo by James Amrhein
Landscape (5) Sinsinawa River TWA 2016 project (940200) photo by Jim Amrhein
Landscape (4) Sinsinawa River TWA 2016 project (940200) photo by Jim Amrhein
Sinsinawa River - downstream at Louisberg Rd (940200) photo by JAmes Amrhein
 
Activities & Recommendations
Monitor Fish Community
Monitor Watershed (Status,Sources,Impairments)
Monitor or Propose 303(d) Listing
Fisheries has determined the Sinsinawa River to be a very productive smallmouth bass system that has been subject to periodic fish kills. This survey will help determine priority area in which to work. The data will also be used to determine whether streams in this system are achieving their attainable use and assess the overall health of the watershed as required by Section 303(d) and Section 305(b) of the Clean Water Act.
Water Quality Planning
Monitor Water Quality or Sediment
2021 Addendum- monitor 4 sites for total phosphorus, total nitrogen, nitrate-nitrite as N, ammonia, total suspended solids for the early stages of the NWQI project development.
Monitor Stressor Identification
Monitor Targeted Watershed Area (TWA)
 
Watershed
 
Waters