RUSK COUNTY: Lower Devils Creek Assessment


Rusk County Land & Water Conservation Division is sponsoring a project to survey the current biological, physical and geographic conditions of the Devils Creek Watershed. A large portion of this project is an assessment of the current land uses in the watershed with the following goals: 1. Use STEPL and EVAAL models to identify likely areas of nutrient and sediment delivery to Devils Creek. 2. Identify areas where best management practices could or should be implemented to protect and restore stream water quality. 3. Work with landowners in the watershed to build a community relationship by promoting connections between landowners, community groups, local schools, and sportsmen while promoting citizen involvement and connection to the land. 4. Describe physical stream characteristics through stream slope and longitudinal profiles, cross sections, measure flow discharges and collect temperature data 5. Gather baseline water chemistry data. 6. Work with UW-Extension or others to develop a targeted survey regarding community attitudes toward participation in conservation projects. Project deliverables include: 1. Report summarizing all aspects of the project including but not limited to, the results of the STEPL and EVAAL models, a description of the watershed surveys including any physical data collected and areas where BMPs are recommended, description and results of any social surveys conducted and how this information will be used by the grantee. 2. Results of water chemistry sampling. Specific project conditions: DNR to receive both paper and electronic .pdf copies of the final report along with, or prior to submission of grantee's final payment request. All water chemistry data be provided in a format that can be uploaded to the SWIMS database or entered in SWIMS by the lab that will analyze the samples.

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