Boydtown Creek 400 ft west of Hilldale Rd

Purpose

The Water Action Volunteers Program (WAV) involves citizen monitors in the collection of stream water quality data that may be used by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and their partner organizations. Program goals include building relationships between DNR staff and citizen monitors while assessing streams in need of additional monitoring, restoration, and/or protection. Ultimately, volunteer participation increases capabilities of the DNR and communities to monitor streams, providing water quality information that may be used to make decisions that affect the management of streams throughout Wisconsin.

Objective

The main goal of the WAV program is to preserve and protect Wisconsin’s streams and the lakes to which they are connected. Objectives of the program are to educate and empower citizens to share their data, to obtain high quality data useful for DNR decision-making, and to encourage data and knowledge sharing. The process of data collection by Wisconsin residents enhances their understanding of water quality parameters, and in many cases, interests them in assisting with more sophisticated projects, including the collection of additional biological, chemical, and physical site data. Ultimately, a goal is that DNR staff trust volunteer data results, and therefore utilize WAV data to assist in making management decisions.

Study Design

Volunteer stream monitors assess water quality parameters identified in the DNR’s Water Resources Monitoring Strategy for Wisconsin. Volunteers may identify their own sampling locations. In some instances, WAV Coordinators, DNR, or county staff may recommend sites based on the need to acquire status or trends information, or other types of monitoring that are priorities. In general, volunteers are asked to monitor from May through October. Advanced volunteers choose primary (P) and secondary (S) sampling dates in advance and note on their data sheets 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 personal or family emergency. The goal is to monitor at the same time each month, about 30 days after the last monitoring visit. Volunteers are instructed to enter data into the Surface Water Integrated Monitoring System (SWIMS) database by the end of each month and to immediately report extreme conditions that may be hazardous to aquatic life to their local DNR or County biologist. Parameters measured monthly include: dissolved oxygen (concentration), dissolved oxygen (saturation), streamflow, transparency, temperature (instantaneous and/or continuous measurements), and sometimes pH. In addition, macroinvertebrates (Biotic Index) are assessed twice per year and habitat conditions are assessed once per year. Some volunteers monitor specific conductance, chloride, total phosphorus, E. coli, or other parameters.

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Citizen Based Stream Monitoring
Volunteer Monitoring
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Reports and Documents
Looking upstream from testing site Boydtown Cr 400 w of Hilldale Rd
201810 Boydtown Bank Erosion. After rains now 4 feet down used to be easy step down
201810 Boydtown Testsite
201810 Boydtown Upstream
201810 Boydtown Downstream
201810 Boydtown Dry Creek entering creek after rainy days
201809 View BoydtownDownStream
201809 viewBoydtownUpstream
201809 View BoydtownTestSite
201808 View BoydtownTestSite
201808 BoydtownUpstream
201808 View BoydtownDownstream
201807 View BoydtownUpstream
201807 View BoydtownTestSite
201807 View BoydtownDownstream
201806BoydtownTestSite
201806BoydtownUpstream
Boydtown down stream June 18
201806BoydtownDownstream
201805BoydtownDownStream
201805BoydtownUpstream
201805BoydtownTestSite
201804 View BoydtownTestSite
201804 View BoydtownUpstream
201804 View BoydtownDownstream
201710BoydtownDownstream at Hilldale
201710BoydtownUpstreamTestsite at Hilldale, looking upstream including the testsite
201709BoydtownTestsite at Hilldale
201709 BoydtownDamBackup, beaver dam redirected stream up access path and back around into creek
201709 BoydtownDownstream west of Hilldale
201709BoydtownUpstream at Hilldale
201708 BoydtownTestSite west of Hilldale
201708 BoydtownDownStream 400 ft west of hilldale
201708 BoydtownUpstream west of Hilldale
201707 Boydtown at Hilldale upstream
201707 Boydtown at Hilldale downstream
201707 Boydtown at Hilldale testing site
Boydtown at Hilldale June 2017 testing site
Boydtown at Hilldale June 2017 downstream from testing site
Boydtown at Hilldale June 2017 upstream from testing site
Looking downstream August 10, 2016 at Boydtown Cr w of Hilldale
Looking downstream October 4, 2016 at Boydtown Creek w of Hilldale
Looking upstream from testing site at Boydtown Cr
Looking downstream September 13, 2016 at Boydtown Cr w of Hilldale
Looking upstream from test site to the road
Looking upstream from test site to road.
testing site Boydtown Cr 400 ft west of Hilldale note watercress coming back after being cut back in June
June 2016 Boydtown at Hilldale cleared testing site from water cress infestation
June 2016 Boydtown at Hilldale test site water cress infestation
May 2016 Boydtown at Hilldale testing site
Boydtown Creek looking toward Hilldale Rd from monitoring site on day of monitoring and taking of phosphorus sample.
Looking toward Hilldale Rd from monitoring site on day of monitoring and taking of phosphorus sample.
Boydtown Creek looking toward Hilldale Rd from monitoring site on day of monitoring and taking of phosphorus sample.
Algae in Boydtown Creek
Looking toward Hilldale Rd from monitoring site on day of monitoring and taking of phosphorus sample.
Algae in Boydtown Creek
Boydtown Creek looking toward Hilldale Rd from monitoring site. Day we monitored and took phosphorus sample.
 
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.