SER_06_CMP12 CBSM of Unnamed Tributary (Prairie Stream) to Lake Michigan

Purpose

The Water Action Volunteers Program involves citizen monitors in the process of collecting water quality data used by the DNR to assist in making management decisions. Goals of the program include collecting high quality data that can be used for management decisions, building relationships between DNR staff and citizen monitors, and assessing areas in need of additional monitoring, restoration and/or protection. Ultimately, volunteer participation in this project aids DNR staff by allowing for increased capabilities to monitor streams. Communities and the DNR can use this water quality information to make decisions that affect the management of streams throughout Wisconsin.

Objective

Data collected by Water Action Volunteers can be used by DNR staff as screening tools. The process of data collection helps Wisconsin citizenry enhance their understanding of data collection and in many cases, move to more sophisticated data collection work including biological and additional physical site data..

Outcome

Identification of the level of phosphorus in the Unnamed Tributary. This, combined with possible source identification conducted during the monitoring season, will allow for the creation of a remediation approach.

Study Design

The Level 2 stream monitoring sampling plan is consistent with statewide baseline monitoring guidelines laid out in the DNR’s Water Resources Monitoring Strategy for Wisconsin. • DNR or county staff recommends sites that could be useful to have monitored based on needs to acquire status or trends information, or other types of monitoring that is priority. • Volunteers are asked to monitor, at least, from May through September • Volunteers choose primary (P) and secondary (S) sampling dates in advance and note on their data sheets on which of those dates they monitored. • Volunteers are asked to sample on the primary date unless there are safety concerns about being at the stream site (e.g., tornado, lightning, dangerously high flows) or a family emergency. • The goal is to monitor at the same time each month, preferably 30 days apart from the last monitoring visit. • Volunteers are instructed to enter data by the end of each month. Parameters Measured: • Dissolved oxygen (concentration) • Dissolved oxygen (saturation) • Transparency • Temperature (instantaneous and continuous measurements) • pH.

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SER_06_CMP12
2011
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Reports and Documents
CBSM OF UNNAMED TRIBUTARY (PRAIRIE STREAM) TO LAKE MICHIGAN
Prairie School 3rd grade class continued interest and committment to clean up Prairie Stream.
Algae building up at the Prairie Stream flow into Lake Michigan being monitored by Students from Prairie School
Prairie School students checking turbidity at the Wingspread Ponds outflow (Prairie Stream North)
 
Activities & Recommendations
Citizen-Based Stream Monitoring
Monitor Phosphorus and TSS at three locations on Unnamed Tributary to Lake Michigan
 
Watershed
 
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