Upper Red Cedar River Event Sampling and Diurnal DO NOR_01_08


Runoff event sampling (Spring and rainfalls >2.5\0094) at two to three locations (1st Hwy 53 crossing south of Rice Lake, Above and below confluence of the Chetek River ( a control site could be located above the City of Rice Lake; but, below the Mikana Dam to establish background levels) Nonpoint source runoff from agricultural sources has been historically believed to be the single largest source of sediments and nutrients. As development pressures expand stormwater and construction site erosion control become increasingly important. The City of Rice Lake is experiencing increased problems with stormwater runoff with large sediment deltas deposited in the Red Cedar River twice in 2005. Habitat and water quality are undoubtedly compromised. This monitoring will focus on documenting the severity during the worst periods of runoff.


In 3 out of the last four years spring runoff has resulted in extremely high suspended sediment loads. A rare rainfall event on Oct 5th, 2005 resulted in over 10” of rainfall falling within a 24 hour period producing a runoff event which rivaled higher spring runoff events. This sampling would be conducted only during spring or higher than average precipitation events. This sampling seeks to document and characterize the degree and extent of the suspended sediment load during a time when it is most likely the largest limiting factor modifying the community structure and limiting its overall biological potential. If large scale runoff events do not occur, sampling will not be initiated. These efforts also mesh closely with at least one of the four main goals identified within the Department’s Strategic Plan (Goal #2 Sustaining Ecosystems) and also closely meshes with at least 2 of the 4 main goals for the Water Division (Goal #1;To protect the waters of the state that are held in trust for all people of the state through enforcement of the public trust doctrine & Goal #2 to fully implement the Clean Water Act in order insure a water body is meeting its full biological potential including Endangered, Threatened, and Rare species which are often intolerant of pollution and low D.O.).


All Lab of Hygiene data will be available through the normal lab portal system.An annual report will be written summarizing lab results, standards violations, and potential sources.

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