Western District 303d Monitoring 2013 - WCR_21_CMP13B

Purpose

The Western District proposes to update the existing data on 1 stream and 1 River currently listed as 303d impaired waters and collect additional data on 8 streams that show signs of impairment but are lacking current information. The water bodies to be monitored include Fall Creek, Sevenmile Creek, Sherman Creek, Beaver Creek, Jug Creek, Bears Grass Creeks, 3 unnamed tributaries to Black Creek in Marathon county and the South Fork of the Lemonweir River. Data collection for the two currently listed 303d impaired waters (Jug Creek and the South Fork of the Lemonweir River) will include fish and qualitative habitat surveys, macroinvertebrate samples and continuous temperature monitoring. In addition, continuous water quality data including dissolved oxygen, pH, temperature and conductivity data will be collected by sondes deployed in the South Fork of the Lemonweir River during low flow summer conditions. The South Fork of the Lemonweir River is listed as impaired with total phosphorous as the pollutant and low dissolved oxygen as the impairment. Limited data collected from Fall Creek, Sherman Creek, Beaver Creek (Trib to Otter) and three unnamed creeks in Marathon County show poor conditions. Monitoring will include fish, qualitative habitat, continuous temperature and macroinvertebrates to determine if poor conditions exist. Monitoring at multiple locations on streams will determine the extent of poor conditions if they exist. In addition to the biological monitoring, total phosphorus monitoring and macroinvertebrate sampling will be completed at four sites on four streams. These streams include Sevenmile Creek, Beaver Creek (trib to Eau claire), Bears Grass Creek and Fall Creek. High TP concentrations are suspected in these streams and Department staff want to assess their contribution to Lake Altoona (a downstream impoundment). Currently the lakes program is conducting impairment monitoring on Lake Altoona. Monitoring on these streams is a priority of both the Lakes, Streams and Fisheries programs. Fisheries Management will be assessing some of these streams to determine cold water potential.

Objective

This project supports the impaired waters project category. Monitoring on the existing 303d waters will validate and improve the existing listings. Monitoring on streams with impairment indicators or flagged streams will allow us update our data and make a 303d listing decision. Data collected will help define the current condition of the streams, the extent of degraded habitat, document any water temperature limitations and outline any water quality issues. The two currently listed 303d impaired waters to be monitored include Jug Creek (WBIC 1195500) and the South Branch of the Lemonweir River (WBIC 1338500). Jug Creek is a 4.7 mile long stream located in Vernon County. 2 TBD sites on Jug Creek and 1 TBD on South Jug Creek (WBIC 1195600) would be surveyed for fish and qualitative habitat, sampled for macroinvertebrates and continuous temperature monitoring. South Jug Creek is not considered impaired but is a large tributary that could be used as a reference site for the upper end of the impaired Jug Creek. The South Branch of the Lemonweir River is located in eastern Monroe County. The currently impaired stretch of river runs from the Lake Tomah dam down to the confluence of Kreyer Creek. The segment of stream to be surveyed in this proposal would run from the Lake Tomah dam down to the confluence with the Lemonweir River. 3 TBD sites would be surveyed for fish and qualitative habitat, sampled for macroinvertebrates and continuous temperature monitoring. 1 additional site (SWIMS 423084) on the South Fork of the Lemonweir River is already planned to be surveyed this year at HWY 12 as one of the Severely Impacted sites. Continuous temperature monitoring would be added to this site as well. In addition, continuous water quality data including dissolved oxygen, pH, temperature and conductivity data will be collected by a sondes deployed in the South Fork of the Lemonweir River during low flow summer conditions. The data will help confirm the dissolved oxygen impairment. Fish, habitat, temperature and bug data will be collected from Fall Creek (3), Sevenmile (1), Sherman Creek (2), Beaver Creek (3), three unnamed Creeks to Black (5). Data collected from these streams will be used to determine if streams are biologically in poor condition and if habitat or water temperatures are a limiting factors. WCR fisheries will also be assessing sites on these streams to determine cold water potential. TP data will be collected at four sites monthly from May through October (Fall, Sevenmile, Beaver and Bears Grass Creeks). TP data from these streams will be assessed along with TP data collected previously from other streams to determine TP contributions to Lake Altoona. The Lakes program is currently assessing the water quality of Lake Altoona to make an impairment decision.

Outcome

Fish and qualitative habitat surveys, macroinvertebrate sampling and continuous temperature monitoring will be completed at 6 sampling sites on two existing 303d listed streams/rivers. In addition, continuous water quality monitoring sondes will be deployed in the South Branch of the Lemonweir River during low flow conditions to capture dissolved oxygen, pH, temperature and conductivity data that will be used to help confirm the listed impairments. All of these waterbodies are lacking recent information. Fish and qualitative habitat surveys (14 sites), macroinvertebrate sampling (15 sites) and continuous temperature monitoring (10 sites) will be completed on streams where previous limited data indicates poor conditions. Data will be used to make impairment decisions for these streams. TP and macroinvertebrate monitoring will be completed near the pour point of four streams to assess stream condition and TP contribution to Lake Altoona.

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WCR_21_CMP13B
2013
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Monitor or Propose 303(d) Listing
The water bodies to be monitored include Fall Creek, Sevenmile Creek, Sherman Creek, Beaver Creek, Jug Creek, Bears Grass Creeks, 3 unnamed tributaries to Black Creek in Marathon county and the South Fork of the Lemonweir River. Data collection for the two currently listed 303d impaired waters (Jug Creek and the South Fork of the Lemonweir River) will include fish and qualitative habitat surveys, macroinvertebrate samples and continuous temperature monitoring. In addition, continuous water quality data including dissolved oxygen, pH, temperature and conductivity data will be collected by sondes deployed in the South Fork of the Lemonweir River during low flow summer conditions.