Standards or Variance Review
This project will have three phases. The first phase will be data gathering. During the data gathering phase we will gather and synthesize relevant peer-reviewed articles. Phase one of this project will be completed at the end of the first Division Quarterly Report. Phase two will be the analysis phase at which time the articles will be organized into categories for analysis. The end goal of phase two is to assign an economic value to each category, when feasible. The second phase of the project will be completed at the end of the third Division Quarterly Report. The final phase is the project conclusions and recommendation phase. For this phase, we will summarize all of the results of this project, identify any missing information in the research, develop potential solutions to fill these research holes, and indentify the next steps in the project.
This project will also work closely with the Wisconsin River TMDL work group. The Wisconsin River TMDL work group is currently performing a social and economic analysis for the Wisconsin River to strengthen the need for and benefits of the proposed TMDL. Coordination with this work group provides an opportunity to gather economic data, improve our understanding of the economic costs and benefits of the Wisconsin River, and, potentially, extrapolate these results for the rest of the State. By coordinating with this group we will be able to achieve meaningful results and avoid duplicity and inaccuracy. This coordination effort will require some amount of in-state travel.