MILWAUKEE RIVERKEEPER: Identifying Stream Passage Impediments in the Menomonee River

Purpose

The project proposal is to identify and prioritize stream impediments for removal along the natural mainstream reaches of the Menomonee and Little Menomonee Rivers, including several major tributaries. This will be done by identifying and documenting barriers, analyzing impacts of each barrier, prioritizing barrier removals, educating/involving public, and working with local municipalities and counties to address impediments. The overall goal is to improve fish passage and public access. A GIS database will be developed to include, stream barrier locations, types and removal priority. A final report will be incorporated into a watershed restoration plan. Public outreach materials will also be created. The report and information will be shared with government agencies to make decisions on implementing best management practices to improve the targeted streams. Total project costs are $50,000 with a grant award of $10,000.

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River Grant
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RP-214-12
2011
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Reports and Documents
Menomonee River Barrier Report Forms (from Microsoft Access Database)
Development of the Menomonee River watershed has created many impassable culverts, has filled in or altered habitat, and created other artificial barriers like dams and drop structures that impair both passage for fish, as well as habitat for all aquatic life. The first step to addressing fish passage issues and fragmentation of aquatic stream habitat is identifying impediments to fish movement. This inventory of stream passage impediments and opportunities for addressing aquatic habitat fragmentation included both a desktop analysis and field surveys of potential barriers and associated habitats expected to provide spawning habitat to northern pike (Esox lucius), which was selected as our focal species.
Menomonee River Watershed Fish Passage Survey: Barriers & Potential Habitat Connectivity Maps for Butler Creek, Dretzka Park Creek, Goldendale Creek, Grantosa Creek, Lily Creek, Little Menomonee Creek, and Little Menomonee River.
Ozaukee County Prioritization Spreadsheet (including descriptions of the equation and weighting factors)
Menomonee River Watershed Fish Passage Survey -- Observed Habitat Potential Maps
Menomonee River Watershed Fish Passage Survey: Barriers & Potential Habitat Connectivity Maps for Little Menomonee River, Menomonee River, Nor-X-Way Channel, Noyes Park Creek, Willow Creek, and several unnamed streams.
Interfluve Report -- "Low Flow Barriers Concept Plan: Swan Boulevard to Harmonee Drive
Interfluve Report -- "Low Flow Barriers Concept Plan: Swan Boulevard to Harmonee Drive
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Activities & Recommendations
Grant Awarded
The project proposal is to identify and prioritize stream impediments for removal along the natural mainstream reaches of the Menomonee and Little Menomonee Rivers, including several major tributaries. This will be done by identifying and documenting barriers, analyzing impacts of each barrier, prioritizing barrier removals, educating/involving public, and working with local municipalities and counties to address impediments. The overall goal is to improve fish passage and public access. A GIS database will be developed to include, stream barrier locations, types and removal priority. A final report will be incorporated into a watershed restoration plan. Public outreach materials will also be created. The report and information will be shared with government agencies to make decisions on implementing best management practices to improve the targeted streams.
Rivers Planning Grant
The project proposal is to identify and prioritize stream impediments for removal along the natural mainstream reaches of the Menomonee and Little Menomonee Rivers, including several major tributaries. This will be done by identifying and documenting barriers, analyzing impacts of each barrier, prioritizing barrier removals, educating/involving public, and working with local municipalities and counties to address impediments. The overall goal is to improve fish passage and public access. A GIS database will be developed to include, stream barrier locations, types and removal priority. A final report will be incorporated into a watershed restoration plan. Public outreach materials will also be created. The report and information will be shared with government agencies to make decisions on implementing best management practices to improve the targeted streams.
Habitat Restoration - Instream
The project proposal is to identify and prioritize stream impediments for removal along the natural mainstream reaches of the Menomonee and Little Menomonee Rivers, including several major tributaries. This will be done by identifying and documenting barriers, analyzing impacts of each barrier, prioritizing barrier removals, educating/involving public, and working with local municipalities and counties to address impediments. The overall goal is to improve fish passage and public access. A GIS database will be developed to include, stream barrier locations, types and removal priority. A final report will be incorporated into a watershed restoration plan. Public outreach materials will also be created. The report and information will be shared with government agencies to make decisions on implementing best management practices to improve the targeted streams.
Information and Education
The project proposal is to identify and prioritize stream impediments for removal along the natural mainstream reaches of the Menomonee and Little Menomonee Rivers, including several major tributaries. This will be done by identifying and documenting barriers, analyzing impacts of each barrier, prioritizing barrier removals, educating/involving public, and working with local municipalities and counties to address impediments. The overall goal is to improve fish passage and public access. A GIS database will be developed to include, stream barrier locations, types and removal priority. A final report will be incorporated into a watershed restoration plan. Public outreach materials will also be created. The report and information will be shared with government agencies to make decisions on implementing best management practices to improve the targeted streams.
Informational Meetings
The project proposal is to identify and prioritize stream impediments for removal along the natural mainstream reaches of the Menomonee and Little Menomonee Rivers, including several major tributaries. This will be done by identifying and documenting barriers, analyzing impacts of each barrier, prioritizing barrier removals, educating/involving public, and working with local municipalities and counties to address impediments. The overall goal is to improve fish passage and public access. A GIS database will be developed to include, stream barrier locations, types and removal priority. A final report will be incorporated into a watershed restoration plan. Public outreach materials will also be created. The report and information will be shared with government agencies to make decisions on implementing best management practices to improve the targeted streams.
Project Deliverable
The project proposal is to identify and prioritize stream impediments for removal along the natural mainstream reaches of the Menomonee and Little Menomonee Rivers, including several major tributaries. This will be done by identifying and documenting barriers, analyzing impacts of each barrier, prioritizing barrier removals, educating/involving public, and working with local municipalities and counties to address impediments. The overall goal is to improve fish passage and public access. A GIS database will be developed to include, stream barrier locations, types and removal priority. A final report will be incorporated into a watershed restoration plan. Public outreach materials will also be created. The report and information will be shared with government agencies to make decisions on implementing best management practices to improve the targeted streams.
ATTAINS Water Identified for Protection
The project proposal is to identify and prioritize stream impediments for removal along the natural mainstream reaches of the Menomonee and Little Menomonee Rivers, including several major tributaries. This will be done by identifying and documenting barriers, analyzing impacts of each barrier, prioritizing barrier removals, educating/involving public, and working with local municipalities and counties to address impediments. The overall goal is to improve fish passage and public access. A GIS database will be developed to include, stream barrier locations, types and removal priority. A final report will be incorporated into a watershed restoration plan. Public outreach materials will also be created. The report and information will be shared with government agencies to make decisions on implementing best management practices to improve the targeted streams.
 
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