Montello River (UF13) Watershed Planning


The Montello River Watershed is located in Adams, Marquette, and Waushara counties. The watershed is 86,079 acres in size and contains 148 miles of streams and rivers, over 1,400 acres of lakes and reservoirs, and 13,900 acres of wetlands. The watershed is dominated by forest (37%), agriculture (35%), and wetlands (16%), and is ranked high for nonpoint source issues affecting groundwater and medium for nonpoint source issues affecting streams. As part of the Upper Fox River Basin this watershed ultimately drains into Lake Winnebago and then Lake Michigan. The last glaciation had a significantly on the Montello River Watershed’s topography and geology creating lateral moraines, ground moraines, glacio-fluvial landforms, outwash plains, and lake sediments. The diversity of the landscape and soils left by the retreating glaciers still play an important role in drainage patterns and water quality of the watershed today.

Study Design

Watershed specified for planning and assessment purposes. Assessment of water quality condition in this respective county will use protocols described in WisCALM of the year of assessment. Minimum assessment work includes biological data (macroinvertebrates, fish indices), chemistry and habitat data. Additional work includes identification of priorities and goals, creating recommendations for actions, and updating narratives for watersheds and waterbodies. Assessments are to be double checked by at least one additional biologist.

Related Reports

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Water Quality Planning
Targeted Watershed Plans
Reports and Documents
Assessment summary and recommendations for the UF13 Watershed
Watershed at a Glance
Activities & Recommendations
Water Quality Planning
Montello River (UF13) Watershed Planning work in 2010-11