Prairie Stream CBSM - SER_09_CMP13B


Total Phosphorus monitoring by elementary and high-school students at the Prairie School in Wind Point, conducted over the last two years on Prairie Stream, a tributary to Lake Michigan, has found Total Phosphorus levels in exceedence of the statewide standard of 75 ug/l. Under this project, elementary students at Prairie School will continue monthly monitoring (May - September) for Total Phosphorus and other water quality parameters at three locations on Prairie Stream.


This award winning (2012 Wisconsin Volunteer Stream Monitoring Award) cooperative project between The Prairie School, The Johnson Foundation - Wingspread, WDNR, Racine Health Department, and the Village of Wind Point has identified Prairie Stream as having high phosphorus. Continuation of this monitoring, in addition to other source identification efforts, with allow for the development of managment approaches that will serve to improve water quality within the stream, as well as serve as a model project for other schools.


1) Sites associated with project a. Praire Stream @ Michigan - SWIMS ID: 10033792 b. Prairie Stream North. - SWIMS ID: 10033791 c. Prairie Stream South - SWIMS ID: 10033793 2) Number of sampling events per fiscal year FY13 - 2 Total P; FY 14 - 3 Total P. Totals - 15 Total P 3) Date when sampling completed September 30th, 2013. Majority of water chemistry monitoring completed in FY 14. 4) Date when summary report completed December 2013 5) Datebase for storage: SWIMS, SLOH 6) Responsible party: Helker

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Reports and Documents
Prairie School students checking turbidity at the Wingspread Ponds outflow (Prairie Stream North)
Prairie School 3rd grade class continued interest and committment to clean up Prairie Stream.
Activities & Recommendations
Citizen-Based Stream Monitoring
Collect chemical, physical, and/or biological water quality data to assess the current overall stream health. The data can inform management decisions and may be used to identify impaired waters for biennial lists.