WCR 303d Stream Monitoring WCR_01_CMP12

Purpose

WCR is submitting one Regional 303d stream monitoring project. Monitoring will primarily be completed in the Bad Axe LaCrosse, Lower Chippewa and Black Buffalo Trempealeau Basins. Monitoring will be completed following three priorities. 1) Monitoring will be completed at 15 sites on existing 303d streams including Trout Run, Halls Branch, Long Coulee, Johnson Coulee, Adams and Prince Creeks. These streams were identified by CO as having data gaps. Other streams on the list are not lacking recent fish or bug data but may not have recent habitat data. WCR is not surveying habitat at these sites but will conduct file reviews and determine if additional habitat data is needed to support the current listing. In most cases, recent biological data from these sites confirms the streams are still impaired. 2) Impairment stream monitoring was not completed in 2010 due to the lack of LTEs hired for monitoring throughout the state. WCR staff assisted NOR complete Tier I and some Tier II monitoring and were unable to complete impairment monitoring. Impairment monitoring will be completed at 10 sites on four streams. Monitoring will include continuous temperature monitoring and quantitative habitat and fish surveys. 3) Initial 303d monitoring will be completed on streams identified during the 2010/2011 watershed planning review process as having poor and fair biological quality. WCR estimates initial 303d monitoring will be completed at 15 sites. Some streams have been identified for monitoring and more will be recommended once the watershed review process is complete.

Objective

This project satifies EPA reporting requirements and is identified as high priority in the Statewide monitoring plan. This projects addresses Regional 303d stream data gaps, will identify impairments on streams with known poor biological integrity and monitor suspect streams to determine biological integrity. Streams will be recommended for 303d listing/delisting or additional impairment monitoring

Outcome

1) Number of sample sites associated with the project. 40 sites 2) Number of sampling events associated with project. Three sampling events are associated with the project including recon and temperature logger deployment, fish and habitat surveys and fall macroinvertebrate and temperature logger retreival. 3) Estimated date when sample collection will be complete. Spring recon and logger deployment Summer fish and qualitative habitat surveys Fall macroinvertebrate sampling and logger retreival 4) Estimated date when all data will be entered into appropriate database. Fish and habitat data in Winter 2012 Macroinvertebrates in Spring 2012 or whenever UWSP uploads data 5) Estimated date when final report will be complete. Data documentation sheets will be completed when necessary and data will be used to update WATERs

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WCR_01_CMP12
2011
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Activities & Recommendations
Monitor or Propose 303(d) Listing
Monitoring will primarily be completed in the Bad Axe LaCrosse, Lower Chippewa and Black Buffalo Trempealeau Basins. Monitoring will be completed following three priorities. 1) Monitoring will be completed at 15 sites on existing 303d streams including Trout Run, Halls Branch, Long Coulee, Johnson Coulee, Adams and Prince Creeks. These streams were identified by CO as having data gaps. Other streams on the list are not lacking recent fish or bug data but may not have recent habitat data. WCR is not surveying habitat at these sites but will conduct file reviews and determine if additional habitat data is needed to support the current listing. In most cases, recent biological data from these sites confirms the streams are still impaired. 2) Impairment stream monitoring was not completed in 2010 due to the lack of LTEs hired for monitoring throughout the state. WCR staff assisted NOR complete Tier I and some Tier II monitoring and were unable to complete impairment monitoring. Impairment monitoring will be completed at 10 sites on four streams. Monitoring will include continuous temperature monitoring and quantitative habitat and fish surveys. 3) Initial 303d monitoring will be completed on streams identified during the 2010/2011 watershed planning review process as having poor and fair biological quality. WCR estimates initial 303d monitoring will be completed at 15 sites. Some streams have been identified for monitoring and more will be recommended once the watershed review process is complete.
Monitor or Propose 303(d) Listing
Waterbodies Region Wide. WCR is submitting one Regional 303d stream monitoring project. Monitoring will primarily be completed in the Bad Axe LaCrosse, Lower Chippewa and Black Buffalo Trempealeau Basins. Monitoring will be completed following three priorities. 1) Monitoring will be completed at 15 sites on existing 303d streams including Trout Run, Halls Branch, Long Coulee, Johnson Coulee, Adams and Prince Creeks. These streams were identified by CO as having data gaps. Other streams on the list are not lacking recent fish or bug data but may not have recent habitat data. WCR is not surveying habitat at these sites but will conduct file reviews and determine if additional habitat data is needed to support the current listing.