Corning Creek TWA 2014

Purpose

This Targeted Watershed Assessment (TWA) will be conducted in the Corning Creek HUC 12 watershed. The Corning Creek HUC 12 was identified as a potential TWA for the 2014 field season, however monitoring this watershed will help evaluate the impact that high capacity wells can have on streams. Right now, the Corning Creek watershed has relatively low impact from high-cap wells, however, other watersheds in the region are facing increasing impacts from high cap wells, and the Corning Creek watershed could face these same threats in the future. This survey will provide baseline data that can be referenced when future impacts occur. This TWA approach will result in 5 sites being surveyed; including the pour point of the watershed which will have additional sampling.

Outcome

From: Provost, Scott M - DNR Sent: Wednesday, March 15, 2017 9:11 AM To: Helmuth, Lisa D - DNR; Hazuga, Mark J - DNR Cc: Bruhn, Camille M - DNR; Helsel, Daniel R - DNR Subject: RE: Watershed Plans The hydrolayer for Corning Creek depicted many grassed waterways as 1st order streams. If you look at an aerial you could see how that happened, but recon showed differently. Most of the grassed waterways – that were mistakenly classified as streams - were still intact but some were plowed over and planted in corn. The mainstem of Corning Creek was surveyed with just one weird episode of a curmudgeon, a veiled threat and a manikin lying face down in the stream (seriously). Once the LTE is hired (uhum, much later than what supposed to be) and trained, there should be time near the end of August to start on the plan update. Is there formal guidance or a SOP for how to write these up. If we had something like that it would help make sure we cover everything. I’ll also echo Lisa’s comments about you two stepping up! Good work Mark and Camille!! Thanks, Scott

Study Design

The Corning Creek TWA will consist of fIBI, mIBI surveys, total phosphorus samples, and quantitative habitat surveys done at 5 sites. Quantitative habitat surveys are being done as this type of data will be better able to detect future impacts by high-cap wells. One of these sites, the pour point of the HUC 12, will also receive six growing season TP samples, along with one time nitrogen series, total suspended solids and chloride samples. Three sites will also have a continuous temperature sensor installed to monitor summer water temperatures. HUC12 - 70700031901

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The Corning Creek watershed was identified as a potential Targeted Watershed Assessment (TWA) for the 2014 field season, however monitoring this watershed will help evaluate the impact that high capacity wells can have on streams. Right now, the Corning Creek watershed has relatively low impact from high-cap wells, however, other watersheds in the region are facing increasing impacts from high cap wells, and the Corning Creek watershed could face these same threats in the future. This survey will provide baseline data that can be referenced when future impacts occur. This TWA approach resulted in 5 sites being surveyed; including the pour point of the watershed where a WAV volunteer collected six growing season TP samples.