WEST CENTRAL WISCONSIN REGIONAL PLANNING COM: LMI-Red Cedar Watershed Plan

Purpose

The West Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission is sponsoring a project to implement the TMDL Implementation Plan for the Red Cedar River Watershed. Project activities and deliverables include: 1) Survey of farmer social networs, 2) Survey of absentee property owners/renters, 3) Economic impact study re: water quality/real estate values, 4) Economic impact study re: water quality/recreational values, 5) study of civic engagement capacity, 6) Lymnological analysis, 7) 2D Modeling, 8) Agricultural Conservation Planning Framework inventory, 9) Annual Red Cedar River Conference, 10) Outreach and education, and 11) Final report. This scope summarizes the project detail provided in the application and does not negate tasks/deliverables described therein. Data, records, and reports, including GIS-based maps and digital images must be submitted to the Department in a format specified by the regional Lake Planner. If consultant is to provide final report, it is recommended that Grantee provide the Lake Planner with a draft for comment on report adequacy prior to making final payment to the consultant. DNR to receive both paper and electronic .pdf copies of the final report along with, or prior to submission of the grantee's final payment request.

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LPT50316
2016
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Reports and Documents
In the spring of 2016, a diverse group of stakeholders proposed the completion of the Red Cedar Basin Assessment designed to address and reduce the extensive phosphorus pollution in the Red Cedar Watershed. This document is intended to outline the completed research and briefly mention the research yet to be completed.
This report synthesizes research about the physical, social, economic, and policy dynamics surrounding water quality issues and solutions in the Red Cedar Basin. It covers projects done by 44 students in the LAKES REU summer program, and extensions of that research, conducted through the period of summer 2014 to spring 2018. The physical science and policy projects added to out understanding of the dynamics of the problem, with a particular focus on ground and surface water, the dynamics of algae blooms, potential positive uses of sediment, the effectiveness of stream buffers, and the costs and benefits of policies surrounding fertilizer and manure. Economic and social research documents the motivations of diverse stakeholders, the constraints they face in working toward better water quality, and the potential to harness shared concern about the problem into positive change through building community capacity. The main take away is that there are no simple fixes for such a complex problem, but there is great potential in the watershed to address this problem effectively and sustainably.
 
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Grant Awarded
The West Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission is sponsoring a project to implement the TMDL Implementation Plan for the Red Cedar River Watershed. Project activities and deliverables include: 1) Survey of farmer social networs, 2) Survey of absentee property owners/renters, 3) Economic impact study re: water quality/real estate values, 4) Economic impact study re: water quality/recreational values, 5) study of civic engagement capacity, 6) Lymnological analysis, 7) 2D Modeling, 8) Agricultural Conservation Planning Framework inventory, 9) Annual Red Cedar River Conference, 10) Outreach and education, and 11) Final report.
TMDL Implementation
The West Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission is sponsoring a project to implement the TMDL Implementation Plan for the Red Cedar River Watershed. Project activities and deliverables include: 1) Survey of farmer social networs, 2) Survey of absentee property owners/renters, 3) Economic impact study re: water quality/real estate values, 4) Economic impact study re: water quality/recreational values, 5) study of civic engagement capacity, 6) Lymnological analysis, 7) 2D Modeling, 8) Agricultural Conservation Planning Framework inventory, 9) Annual Red Cedar River Conference, 10) Outreach and education, and 11) Final report.