Wisconsin has over 84,000 miles of streams, 15,000 lakes and milllions of acres of wetlands. Assessing the condition of this vast amount of water is challenging. The state's water monitoring program uses a media-based, cross-program approach to analyze water condition. An updated monitoring strategy (2015-2020) is now available. Compliance with Clean Water Act fishable, swimmable standards are located in the Executive Summary of Water Condition in 2018. See also the 'monitoring and projects' tab.
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.
Nine Key Element Plan
Wind Point Watershed Restoration Plan - Nine Key Element Plan - Wind Point watershed (12 Digit HUC# 040400020101) is located in southeast Wisconsin in Milwaukee and Racine Counties. It is named for the conspicuous ?Point? that extends out into Lake Michigan in the southeast portion of the watershed. The watershed is relatively narrow with a north-south orientation along Lake Michigan. Many small tributary streams and stormsewer networks in the watershed drain approximately 18.7 square miles (11,996 acres) of land surface east to Lake Michigan. The Root-Pike Watershed Initiative Network (Root-Pike WIN) is a grassroots organization that awards grants to projects that will preserve, promote, and protect watershed health.
Wisconsin's Water Quality Standards provide qualitative and quantitative goals for waters that are protective of Fishable, Swimmable conditions [Learn more]. Waters that do not meet water quality standards are considered impaired and restoration actions are planned and carried out until the water is once again fishable and swimmable
Management goals can include creation or implementation of a Total Maximum Daily Load analysis, a Nine Key Element Plan, or other restoration work, education and outreach and more. If specific recommendations exist for this water, they will be displayed below online.
Monitoring the condition of a river, stream, or lake includes gathering physical, chemical, biological, and habitat data. Comprehensive studies often gather all these parameters in great detail, while lighter assessment events will involve sampling physical, chemical and biological data such as macroinvertebrates. Aquatic macroinvertebrates and fish communities integrate watershed or catchment condition, providing great insight into overall ecosystem health. Chemical and habitat parameters tell researchers more about human induced problems including contaminated runoff, point source dischargers, or habitat issues that foster or limit the potential of aquatic communities to thrive in a given area. Wisconsin's Water Monitoring Strategy was recenty updated.
Grants and Management Projects
|WBIC||Official Waterbody Name||Station ID||Station Name||Earliest Fieldwork Date||Latest Fieldwork Date||View Station||View Data|
|7800||Unnamed||10020851||Klemm Ditch-30 M Ds Of 5 1/2 Mile Road||Map||Data|
Unnamed is located in the Wind Point watershed which is 18.67 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily suburban (43.30%), urban (29%) and a mix of agricultural (9.50%) and other uses (18.30%). This watershed has 21.23 stream miles, 7,113.75 lake acres and 238.95 wetland acres.
Nonpoint Source Characteristics
This watershed is ranked Not Ranked for runoff impacts on streams, Not Ranked for runoff impacts on lakes and High for runoff impacts on groundwater and therefore has an overall rank of High. This value can be used in ranking the watershed or individual waterbodies for grant funding under state and county programs.However, all waters are affected by diffuse pollutant sources regardless of initial water quality. Applications for specific runoff projects under state or county grant programs may be pursued. For more information, go to surface water program grants.