Small Scale Lake Planning
This report completes a five-year effort documenting the underlying causes for the recent water quality decline in Lower Wisconsin River oxbow lakes. We also investigated the potential use of conservation buffers to reduce groundwater nitrate levels before reaching oxbow lakes in the Town of Spring Green, Sauk County Wisconsin.
The Friends of the Lower Wisconsin Riverway is sponsoring a project to evaluate water quality from Long Lake and Bakkens Pond (sloughs associated with the Lower Wisconsin River), and from wells established up- and down-gradient of a conservation buffer along Long Lake. These data will be evaluated to determine effectiveness of the buffer, and to help guide future management decisions regarding buffers in this area.