TROUT UNLIMITED-WILD RIVER CHAPTER: Spencer Creek - Reconnecting Coldwater Habitat

Purpose

Wild Rivers Trout Unlimited will be sponsoring a restoration project on Spencer Creek, Forest County, WI. The project will replace an undersized culvert that is restricting flow and, is creating sediment deposition upstream from the culvert and scouring downstream from the culvert. The perched culvert is also impeding fish passage. Replacement of this barrier will reconnect 5 miles of Spencer Creek to the Rat River system and 1.56 miles of Swan Creek. Project goals: Restore the instream habitat and aquatic connectivity of Spencer Creek. Additional expected project accomplishments include: elimination of impounding conditions upstream from Flanner Road; restoration of natural stream velocities both up and downstream of the road crossing; restoration of trout and other aquatic organism movement throughout the entirety of Spencer Creek and in and out of the Rat River, allowing natural movements to complete life history stages, increase coldwater refuge areas during warm water periods in the Rat River and, increase genetic diversity among the trout population in the entire system; reconnecting 5 miles of Spencer Creek; reconnecting use of 1.56 miles of Swan Creek. Project deliverables: A post construction report describing monitoring conducted to document changes in velocity, water depth, silt depth, substrate type, invertebrate abundance and a mark and recapture study to ensure that fish are moving through the newly installed culvert. Temp thermistors will also be deployed to document any changes in upstream water temperatures. Specific conditions for this Project: The WDNR will be provided electronic and hard copies of all data and or reports/plans generated as a result of this project.

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RM06717
2017
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Wild Rivers Trout Unlimited will be sponsoring a restoration project on Spencer Creek, Forest County, WI. The project will replace an undersized culvert that is restricting flow and, is creating sediment deposition upstream from the culvert and scouring downstream from the culvert. The perched culvert is also impeding fish passage. Replacement of this barrier will reconnect 5 miles of Spencer Creek to the Rat River system and 1.56 miles of Swan Creek. Project goals: Restore the instream habitat and aquatic connectivity of Spencer Creek. Additional expected project accomplishments include: elimination of impounding conditions upstream from Flanner Road; restoration of natural stream velocities both up and downstream of the road crossing; restoration of trout and other aquatic organism movement throughout the entirety of Spencer Creek and in and out of the Rat River, allowing natural movements to complete life history stages, increase coldwater refuge areas during warm water periods in the Rat River and, increase genetic diversity among the trout population in the entire system; reconnecting 5 miles of Spencer Creek; reconnecting use of 1.56 miles of Swan Creek.
ATTAINS Alternative Restoration Approach
Wild Rivers Trout Unlimited will be sponsoring a restoration project on Spencer Creek, Forest County, WI. The project will replace an undersized culvert that is restricting flow and, is creating sediment deposition upstream from the culvert and scouring downstream from the culvert. The perched culvert is also impeding fish passage. Replacement of this barrier will reconnect 5 miles of Spencer Creek to the Rat River system and 1.56 miles of Swan Creek. Project goals: Restore the instream habitat and aquatic connectivity of Spencer Creek. Additional expected project accomplishments include: elimination of impounding conditions upstream from Flanner Road; restoration of natural stream velocities both up and downstream of the road crossing; restoration of trout and other aquatic organism movement throughout the entirety of Spencer Creek and in and out of the Rat River, allowing natural movements to complete life history stages, increase coldwater refuge areas during warm water periods in the Rat River and, increase genetic diversity among the trout population in the entire system; reconnecting 5 miles of Spencer Creek; reconnecting use of 1.56 miles of Swan Creek.
 
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