Upper Fox/Wolf Basin TMDL Monitoring NER_06_CMP12


**Finish the monitoring requirements of the Upper Fox Basin. **2nd year of monitoring for the Wolf River Basin. NER biologists and CO SWAT will collect water samples from the Upper Fox Basin waterbodies of Fox River, Puchyan River, Fon du Lac River, Montello River, Waukau Creek, the Wolf Basin waterbodies of the Wolf River, Little Wolf River, Embarrass River, Waupaca River, and lakes Poygan, Winneconne, Butte des Morts, and Winnebago to be analyzed for TSS, Total Phosphorus, and Dissolved Phosphorus that will be used in modeling the sediment and phosphorus loads to Lake Winnebago. Results of the modeling will be used in developing a TMDL for Lake WInnebago to drive management practices in the Upper Fox Basin.


The development of a TMDL to address the phosphorus and sediment loading to Lake Winnebago is necessary because 50% of the nutrient and sediment load to the Lower Fox River is directly from Lake Winnebago. In order for the Lower Fox TMDL to meet its goals, reducing the pollutant load from Lake Winnebago is critical. The Objective of this project is to address phosphorus and sediment loading from the Upper Fox River Basin and Wolf River Basin to Lake Winnebago, and therefore support the goals of the Lower Fox River Basin TMDL. This will cover the final 3 months of 3 years of data needed from the Upper Fox Basin sites. also supporting the flow gauging extension coverd by the USGS, and the 2nd of 3 years of monitoring in the Wolf River Basin to accurately model the sediment and phosphorus loading to Lake Winnebago.


Performance Measures: These are milestones that will be reported on in the Division Quarterly Report. Please estimate dates in a manner that encourages success. 1) 16 sample sites 2) 30 sampling events (Wolf Basin) 3) 6 sampling events (Upper Fox Basin) 4) Sample collection will run throughout the entire fiscal year, 06/30/2011. 5) All data loading is automated so it goes to the appropriate database immediately after analysis results are posted, 06/30/2011.

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Collect surface water samples throughout the Upper Fox River and Wolf River basins to be analyzed for total suspended solids, total phosphorus, and total dissolved phosphorus.