Watershed - Wilson Creek (LC04)
Wilson Creek Watershed

Details

The 245-square mile Wilson Creek watershed contains many sources of polluted runoff documented to harm surface waters. The main problem in this watershed is streambank pasturing, whlch degrades in-stream habitat and increases the levels of bacteria in the stream. Streambank grazing may also contribute to increased stream temperatures by reducing the amount of shade. The Red Cedar River below Lake Menornin supported blue sucker (threatened), crystal darter (endangered), american eel (special concern in Wisconsin), and lake sturgeon (protected) 20 to 30 years ago. There is no recent data on all these species. Fish managers observed numerous bluesucker in the fragmented limestone area of the lower Red Cedar River in 1992 (IZngel 1994).

Date  1996

Ecological Landscapes for Wilson Creek Watershed

Ecological Landscapes

The Wilson Creek Watershed is located primarily in the Western Coulee and Ridges Ecological Landscape in southwestern and west central Wisconsin which is characterized by its highly eroded, driftless topography and relatively extensive forested landscape. Soils are silt loams (loess) and sandy loams over sandstone residuum over dolomite. Several large rivers including the Wisconsin, Mississippi, Chippewa, Kickapoo and Black flow through or border the Ecological Landscape. Historical vegetation consisted of southern hardwood forests, oak savanna, scattered prairies, and floodplain forests and marshes along the major rivers. With Euro-American settlement, most of the land on ridgetops and valley bottoms was cleared of oak savanna, prairie, and level forest for agriculture. The steep slopes between valley bottom and ridgetop, unsuitable for raising crops, grew into oak-dominated forests after the ubiquitous presettlement wildfires were suppressed. Current vegetation is a mix of forest (40%), agriculture, and grassland with some wetlands in the river valleys. The primary forest cover is oak-hickory (51%) dominated by oak species and shagbark hickory. Maple-basswood forests (28%), dominated by sugar maple, basswood and red maple, are common in areas that were not subjected to repeated presettlement wildfires. Bottomland hardwoods (10%) are common in the valley bottoms of major rivers and are dominated by silver maple, ashes, elms, cottonwood, and red maple. Relict conifer forests including white pine, hemlock and yellow birch are a rarer natural community in the cooler, steep, north slope microclimates.

Date  2010

Watershed Documents
Watershed Grants
Grant Details
Aquatic Invasives Education
Date
4/1/2007
Waters Involved
Hay River
Status
Complete

Tainter/Menomin Lake Improvement Association: Tainter-Menomin Clean Boats: The Tainter-Menomin Lake Improvement Association proposes to establish a comprehensive education and prevention program to reduce or stop the spread of aquatic invasive species to Tainter and Menomin Lakes in Dunn County. Major project elements to include: 1) Training and equipping of Clean Boats, Clean Waters volunteers to do education and monitoring at boat landings, 2) Development and placement of signage.


Grant Details
Aquatic Invasives Education
Date
4/1/2007
Waters Involved
Lake Menomin
Status
Complete

Tainter/Menomin Lake Improvement Association: Tainter-Menomin Clean Boats: The Tainter-Menomin Lake Improvement Association proposes to establish a comprehensive education and prevention program to reduce or stop the spread of aquatic invasive species to Tainter and Menomin Lakes in Dunn County. Major project elements to include: 1) Training and equipping of Clean Boats, Clean Waters volunteers to do education and monitoring at boat landings, 2) Development and placement of signage.


Grant Details
Aquatic Invasives Education
Date
4/1/2007
Waters Involved
Red Cedar River
Status
Complete

Tainter/Menomin Lake Improvement Association: Tainter-Menomin Clean Boats: The Tainter-Menomin Lake Improvement Association proposes to establish a comprehensive education and prevention program to reduce or stop the spread of aquatic invasive species to Tainter and Menomin Lakes in Dunn County. Major project elements to include: 1) Training and equipping of Clean Boats, Clean Waters volunteers to do education and monitoring at boat landings, 2) Development and placement of signage.


Grant Details
Aquatic Invasives Education
Date
4/1/2007
Waters Involved
Sinking Creek
Status
Complete

Tainter/Menomin Lake Improvement Association: Tainter-Menomin Clean Boats: The Tainter-Menomin Lake Improvement Association proposes to establish a comprehensive education and prevention program to reduce or stop the spread of aquatic invasive species to Tainter and Menomin Lakes in Dunn County. Major project elements to include: 1) Training and equipping of Clean Boats, Clean Waters volunteers to do education and monitoring at boat landings, 2) Development and placement of signage.


Grant Details
Aquatic Invasives Education
Date
4/1/2007
Waters Involved
Tainter Lake
Status
Complete

Tainter/Menomin Lake Improvement Association: Tainter-Menomin Clean Boats: The Tainter-Menomin Lake Improvement Association proposes to establish a comprehensive education and prevention program to reduce or stop the spread of aquatic invasive species to Tainter and Menomin Lakes in Dunn County. Major project elements to include: 1) Training and equipping of Clean Boats, Clean Waters volunteers to do education and monitoring at boat landings, 2) Development and placement of signage.


Grant Details
Lake Protection Grant
Date
9/1/1995
Waters Involved
Bass Lake
Status
Complete

St. Croix County: Lco-Bass Lake Ordinance Enhansement - County Zoning Position: St. Croix County proposes to hire a half time staff person for five years who will be located in the County Zoning office and will perform the following zoning ordinance enhancement activities for the Bass Lake area:

1. Review and revise permits and other data gathering forms.
2. Review and revise permit issuance procedures.
3. Develop septic certification procedures for home additiond and improvements.
4. Assist the County/townships with developing and implementing tasks 1 - 3.
5. Assist the developing and implementing inspection and enforcement procedures; assist county and townships with implementation.
6. Assist the townships in improving record keeping methods in relation to land ownership changes and property development.
7. Identify and implement training needed for town and county regulators.
8. Assist with bringing sites with zoning violations into compliance with shoreland zoning regulations.
9. Assist in implementing recommendations that follow from the septic plume groundwater study.


Grant Details
Lake Protection Grant
Date
4/15/2017
Waters Involved
Bass Lake
Status
Complete

Bass Lake Rehabilitation District: Lmi-Bass Lake Management Plan Implementation: : Bass Lake Management District is sponsoring a Lake Management Planning Implementation project aimed at reducing phosphorus loads and protecting and improving diverse aquatic life through shoreland restoration projects and BMP installations.

Project activities include: Conduct site analysis and design for storm water runoff management, fisheries, and shoreland restoration practices. Provide technical assistance to develop designs and how-to information (DIY and/or landscapers). Establish and install BMP at demonstration sites. Promote installation of shoreland best management practices using demonstration sites as examples. Install 40 fish cribs.

Project deliverables: All data collected, a list and map of demonstration sites and fish cribs, before and after photos of restoration sites, individual site analysis reports, all outreach and event materials, agendas and minutes from advisory committee meetings.

Special conditions: WDNR Lakes Management Coordinator will be provided with an electronic (pdf or word) copy of all data and maps from the project. This scope summarizes the project detail provided in the application and does not negate tasks/deliverables described therein. Data, records, and reports, including GIS-based maps, and digital images, must be submitted to the Department in a format specified by the regional Lakes Coordinator.


Grant Details
Lake Protection Grant
Date
9/1/2007
Waters Involved
Cedar Lake
Status
Complete

Cedar Lake Protection & Rehabilitation Dist: Lmi-Cedar Df Study: Cedar Lake PRD proposes to contract with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to conduct a study of Phosphorus (P) loading within Cedar Lake in St. Croix County. Major project elements to include 1) sediment sampling and analysis, 2) water quality sampling and analysis, 3) algae collection and analysis, 4) Lake modeling, 5) study of phosphorus loading, 6) studies of aeration and alum treatment as means of controlling internal loading, 7) comprehensive watershed ag land use assessment, 8) Final report.


Grant Details
Lake Protection Grant
Date
4/15/2015
Waters Involved
Cedar Lake
Status
Complete

Cedar Lake Protection & Rehabilitation Dist: Lmi-Cedar Alum: The Cedar Lake P&RD proposes to apply an initial Alum treatment to Cedar Lake in St. Croix County to reduce phosphorus loading from in-lake sediments, thereby reducing algal blooms and allowing for restoration of the lake's native plant community. Major project elements to include a) Initial alum treatment, b) monitoring, and c) final report.


Grant Details
Lake Protection Grant
Date
4/8/2005
Waters Involved
Hatfield Lake
Status
Complete

City Of New Richmond: Acq-Hatfield Lake Acquisition: The City of New Richmond proposes to purchase the 75.67 acre Carpenter Family parcel on Hatfield Lake in St. Croix County for Lake Protection purposes. Major project elements to include 1) acquisition costs and, 2) associated acquisition costs.


Grant Details
Lake Protection Grant
Date
9/1/2010
Waters Involved
Hay River
Status
Complete

Dunn County: Lco-Shoreland Ordinance Rev.: Dunn County proposes to amend or create a shoreland zoning ordinance that complies with the requirements of NR 115, Wisconsin Administrative Code (as revised effective February 1, 2010) and retain existing regulations that exceed the water resource protections of NR 115 or are specific or unique to local needs.

Project deliverables include: 1. Copies of any fact sheets or handouts created for public hearings. 2. A summary of the comments received at public hearings. 3. A certified copy of the County Board-approved updated shoreland ordinance or ordinance language (if integrated into other codes). 4. Any GIS maps of the shoreland zone or shoreland condition surveys related to the project.

Specific conditions for this Project: 1. The WDNR will be provided electronic and hard copies of all data and or reports or surveys generated as a result of this project.


Grant Details
Lake Protection Grant
Date
9/1/2010
Waters Involved
Nugget Lake
Status
Complete

Pierce County: Lco-Shoreland Ordinance Rev.: Pierce County proposes to amend or create a shoreland zoning ordinance that complies with the requirements of NR 115, Wisconsin Administrative Code (as revised effective February 1, 2010) and retain existing regulations that exceed the water resource protections of NR 115 or are specific or unique to local needs.

Project deliverables include: 1. Copies of any fact sheets or handouts created for public hearings. 2. A summary of the comments received at public hearings. 3. A certified copy of the County Board-approved updated shoreland ordinance or ordinance language (if integrated into other codes). 4. Any GIS maps of the shoreland zone or shoreland condition surveys related to the project.

Specific conditions for this Project: The WDNR will be provided electronic and hard copies of all data and or reports or surveys generated as a result of this project.


Grant Details
Lake Protection Grant
Date
1/27/1997
Waters Involved
Perch Lake
Status
Complete

St. Croix County: Acq-St. Croix County Perch Lake Acquisition: St. Croix County shall participate in the Lake Protection Grant Program by purchasing approximately 67.05 acres of land in the Perch Lake watershed for lake protection purposes.


Grant Details
Lake Protection Grant
Date
9/1/1997
Waters Involved
Perch Lake
Status
Complete

St. Croix County: Acq-St. Croix County Perch Lake Acquisitioin Ii: St. Croix County will acquire 19.8 acres with all rights to land onPerch Lake that will expsnd it's day-use park called Homestead PArklands. The county purchase of the Onstott property will include 100 feet of shoreline at the north end of the property on Perch Lake.

268 feet of shoreline on Perch Lake at the south end of the Onstott property will be protected with the purchase of a conservation easement on 9.2 acres of the property. This prroperty will be referred to as the conservation easement.

These two acquisitions will protect an additional 368 feet of lake front giving more protection to Perch Lake and better management of the ecosystem.


Grant Details
Lake Protection Grant
Date
9/1/1999
Waters Involved
Perch Lake
Status
Complete

St. Croix County: Res-St. Croix Co Homestead Parklands On Perch Lake: St. Croix Co. proposes to construct a main park entrance road, one-way park access roads to and from Perch Lake, six parking areas and two infiltration basins. Grading and erosion control measures are designed to protect the water quality of Perch Lake.


Grant Details
Lake Protection Grant
Date
9/1/2010
Waters Involved
Plum Creek
Status
Complete

Pierce County: Lco-Shoreland Ordinance Rev.: Pierce County proposes to amend or create a shoreland zoning ordinance that complies with the requirements of NR 115, Wisconsin Administrative Code (as revised effective February 1, 2010) and retain existing regulations that exceed the water resource protections of NR 115 or are specific or unique to local needs.

Project deliverables include: 1. Copies of any fact sheets or handouts created for public hearings. 2. A summary of the comments received at public hearings. 3. A certified copy of the County Board-approved updated shoreland ordinance or ordinance language (if integrated into other codes). 4. Any GIS maps of the shoreland zone or shoreland condition surveys related to the project.

Specific conditions for this Project: The WDNR will be provided electronic and hard copies of all data and or reports or surveys generated as a result of this project.


Grant Details
Lake Protection Grant
Date
9/1/2010
Waters Involved
Red Cedar River
Status
Complete

Dunn County: Lco-Shoreland Ordinance Rev.: Dunn County proposes to amend or create a shoreland zoning ordinance that complies with the requirements of NR 115, Wisconsin Administrative Code (as revised effective February 1, 2010) and retain existing regulations that exceed the water resource protections of NR 115 or are specific or unique to local needs.

Project deliverables include: 1. Copies of any fact sheets or handouts created for public hearings. 2. A summary of the comments received at public hearings. 3. A certified copy of the County Board-approved updated shoreland ordinance or ordinance language (if integrated into other codes). 4. Any GIS maps of the shoreland zone or shoreland condition surveys related to the project.

Specific conditions for this Project: 1. The WDNR will be provided electronic and hard copies of all data and or reports or surveys generated as a result of this project.


Grant Details
Lake Protection Grant
Date
9/1/2010
Waters Involved
Sinking Creek
Status
Complete

Dunn County: Lco-Shoreland Ordinance Rev.: Dunn County proposes to amend or create a shoreland zoning ordinance that complies with the requirements of NR 115, Wisconsin Administrative Code (as revised effective February 1, 2010) and retain existing regulations that exceed the water resource protections of NR 115 or are specific or unique to local needs.

Project deliverables include: 1. Copies of any fact sheets or handouts created for public hearings. 2. A summary of the comments received at public hearings. 3. A certified copy of the County Board-approved updated shoreland ordinance or ordinance language (if integrated into other codes). 4. Any GIS maps of the shoreland zone or shoreland condition surveys related to the project.

Specific conditions for this Project: 1. The WDNR will be provided electronic and hard copies of all data and or reports or surveys generated as a result of this project.


Grant Details
Lake Protection Grant
Date
9/1/2010
Waters Involved
Tainter Lake
Status
Complete

Dunn County: Lco-Shoreland Ordinance Rev.: Dunn County proposes to amend or create a shoreland zoning ordinance that complies with the requirements of NR 115, Wisconsin Administrative Code (as revised effective February 1, 2010) and retain existing regulations that exceed the water resource protections of NR 115 or are specific or unique to local needs.

Project deliverables include: 1. Copies of any fact sheets or handouts created for public hearings. 2. A summary of the comments received at public hearings. 3. A certified copy of the County Board-approved updated shoreland ordinance or ordinance language (if integrated into other codes). 4. Any GIS maps of the shoreland zone or shoreland condition surveys related to the project.

Specific conditions for this Project: 1. The WDNR will be provided electronic and hard copies of all data and or reports or surveys generated as a result of this project.


Grant Details
Lake Protection Grant
Date
9/1/2005
Waters Involved
Unnamed
Status
Complete

Star Prairie Land Preservation Trust: Acq-Cedar Lake (Menke) Acquis. Costs: The Trust seeks $11,567 in reimbursement for costs associated with the acquisition (via donation) of 63 acres on Cedar Lake In St. Croix County.


Grant Details
Lake Protection Grant
Date
9/1/2000
Waters Involved
Whitefish Lake
Status
Complete

Whitefish Lake Conservation Organization, In: Res-Renewal & Retention Of Native Vegetation: The Whitefish Lake Property Owners Association, Inc. will implement a lakewide project to renew and protect vegetation that extends landward and lakeward from the ordinary high water mark of Whitefish Lake. This program will provide for an initial site evaluation/assissment of shoreline properities with the potential for shoreline renewal and /or protection of native vegetation. Cost sharing will be provided for site assessment and evaluation, site design for restoration, and preparation/planting of vegetation. Shallow water areas contiguous with renewal sites will be protected as a "no disturbance zone". The project goal is to renew native vegetation on 45 sites (1/2 of current development) and retain and protect native vegetation on the remaining sites. A$3,000 cost share cap will be implemented per individual renewal site. All properties participating in this program will receive a departmnet approved deed restriction that permanently establishes the vegetative buffer on the parcel. Shoreland restoration projects will be designed and installed in accordance with the NRCS Best Management Practices Definition and Conditions.

Participants in this program will post their property with signs and will allow other lakeshore owners to visit their property for educational purposes. Additional activities will include an information and education program involving Whitefish Lake residents, local and county governments, other lake associations, school children, and conservation groups.

Project deliverables include a final report listing project accomplishments including the number of parcels or lots participating in the program. The Department of Natural Resources will be provided with a paper copy and an electonic copy of all project products. Project results will be disseminated to the public by newsletter(s), public meeting(s), and/or local newspaper article(s).


Grant Details
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
10/1/2013
Waters Involved
Hay River
Status
Complete

Tainter/Menomin Lake Improvement Association: Dunn Co. Erosion Plan: The Tainter-Menomin Lake Improvement Assocaition proposes to contract with Inter-fluve, Inc.to develop plans for remediation of river bank erosion and habitat improvement along the Red Cedar River in Dunn County. Major project elements to include: a) analysis of existing data, b) partnership team meetings, c) surveying and waterway access mapping, d) erosion control design, e) cost estimates, and f) implementation plan.


Grant Details
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
4/1/2002
Waters Involved
Lake Menomin
Status
Complete

City Of Menomonie: Lake Menomin Planning Project: The City of Menomonie proposes to gather information necessary to prepare a baseline water quality data for Lake Menomin and ultimately strive for a comprehensive lake management plan.

The project activities include: 1) water quality lab analysis, 2) sediment analysis,sensitive area and macrophyte study, 3) map lake watershed sub watershed boundaries 4) sociological survey of landowners, lake users, community members and district members.

Information collected will be disseminated to the public through news releases, public meetings, presentations and a summary mailing to Lake Menomin shore owners and City Staff. The Department will be provided with an electronic and paper copy of the final report.


Grant Details
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
4/1/2003
Waters Involved
Lake Menomin
Status
Complete

City Of Menomonie: Lake Menomin 2 - Phase 1: The City of Menomonie will conduct water quality monitoring at five sample sites per location and sampling frequency described in the project study design; a sociological survey will be completed for all riparian property owners. Project deliverables will be to provide WDNR with all data collected and data summaries in both electronic and hard copy. The results of the sociological survey will also be compiled and presented in a summary report.


Grant Details
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
10/1/2012
Waters Involved
Lake Menomin
Status
Complete

Dunn County: Dunn Shoreland Zone Implementation: Dunn County proposes to inventory riparian property ownership, compliance with county buffer standards, and sites providing public access to Lake Eau Galle, Lake Tainter, the Red Cedar River and unincorporated areas on Lake Menomin. Major project elements to include: a) Inventory of shoreline properties and water access points, and b) education and outreach.


Grant Details
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
10/1/2013
Waters Involved
Red Cedar River
Status
Complete

Tainter/Menomin Lake Improvement Association: Dunn Co. Erosion Plan: The Tainter-Menomin Lake Improvement Assocaition proposes to contract with Inter-fluve, Inc.to develop plans for remediation of river bank erosion and habitat improvement along the Red Cedar River in Dunn County. Major project elements to include: a) analysis of existing data, b) partnership team meetings, c) surveying and waterway access mapping, d) erosion control design, e) cost estimates, and f) implementation plan.


Grant Details
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
10/1/2013
Waters Involved
Sinking Creek
Status
Complete

Tainter/Menomin Lake Improvement Association: Dunn Co. Erosion Plan: The Tainter-Menomin Lake Improvement Assocaition proposes to contract with Inter-fluve, Inc.to develop plans for remediation of river bank erosion and habitat improvement along the Red Cedar River in Dunn County. Major project elements to include: a) analysis of existing data, b) partnership team meetings, c) surveying and waterway access mapping, d) erosion control design, e) cost estimates, and f) implementation plan.


Grant Details
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
12/20/1990
Waters Involved
Tainter Lake
Status
Complete

Dunn County: Tainter Lake Nutrient Loading & Phosphorus Reduction Study: 1) Determine nutrient loading to Tainter Lake from each of two contributing watersheds; the South Fork Hay River Watershed, and the Pine Creek and Red Cedar River Watershed. Project will involve remote sensing using aerial photography and analysisthrough a computerized Geographic Information System (GIS). Animal unit concentrations and their locations will be used as an index. Relative phosphorus loads will be projected by watershed. Two representative subwatersheds will undergo a more detailedland use analysis. 2) Determine landowner willingness to volintarily cooperate in phosphorus reduction by a random mailing of questionaires in both watersheds. The watershed selected for a concentrated effort at phosphorus reduction will have aquestionnaire sent to every landowner. 3) Final report will be prepared to include; - which watershed is the greater contributor of phosphorus to Tainter Lake, -whether landowners are willing to voluntarily cooperate with cleanup, - an array of resoucemaps, (topographic, solis, land use, etc.). Data reporting format to be worked out in consultation with Buzz Sorge, DNR district contact. Project results will be reposited at the Dunn County Land Conservation Dept. and the DNR District Office. Amendment 2: establish a school electronic bulletin board system on water quality and monitor phosphorus loading from Jerome Foods turkey manaure disposal practices. Amendment 4: develop 2 shoreline landscaping demonstration projects, include mailing costs for the lake related educational information.


Grant Details
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
4/3/1995
Waters Involved
Tainter Lake
Status
Complete

Tainter/Menomin Lake Improvement Association: Lake Tainter Sociological Survey & Educationl Strategies Dev: Establish baseline survey data on Landowner's knowledge of water quality, horticulture practices, construction site erosion and septic systems. Educate lakeshore owners on shoreline zoning, lake and water ecology, good horticulture practices, how septicsystems work, and the importance of household water testing and the interpretation of those results. Conduct 100 household water testing samples and interpret the results showing what action can be taken to improve drinking water quality.Conduct workshops for local officials, contractors dealing with water issues. Design educational exhibits relating water quality to be used in the Lake Tainter area.Disseminate information to the public by neewsletter mailings, fact sheet distributions, public meetings, summary report mailings, newpaper articles, poster displays, and lake fair and county fair exhibits.


Grant Details
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
10/1/1998
Waters Involved
Tainter Lake
Status
Complete

Town Of Tainter: Twn. Of Tainter Land Use Plan #1, Dunn Co.: Town of Tainter, Dunn County, proposes to develop a comprehensive land use plan to address land use and water quality issues. Project activities would include 1) Inventory of existing land uses, 2) Inventory of physical and biological characteristics, 3) Demographic analysis of town population, 4) Inventory of existing land and resource protection programs. Information regarding the plan and its development will be shared with the general public through a series of public meetings, newspaper articles and distribution of a comprehensive management plan. The Department of Natural Resources will be provided with both a paper copy and an electronic copy of the final report.


Grant Details
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
10/1/1998
Waters Involved
Tainter Lake
Status
Complete

Town Of Tainter: Twn. Of Tainter Land Use Plan #2, Dunn Co.: Town of Tainter, Dunn County, proposes to develop a comprehensive land use plan to address land use and water quality issues. Project activities would include 1) Drafting of comprehensive land use plan designating appropriate land uses to protect water quality of Tainter Lake and associated water bodies. Information regarding the plan and its development will be shared with the general public through a series of public meetings, newspaper articles and distribution of a comprehensive management plan. The Department of Natural Resources will be provided with both a paper copy and an electronic copy of the final report.


Grant Details
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
4/1/2003
Waters Involved
Tainter Lake
Status
Complete

City Of Menomonie: Tainter Lake Planning Project - Phase 2: The City Menomonie will conduct water quality monitoring at three sample sites per location and sampling frequency described in the project study design and a sociological survey will be completed for all riparian property owners. Project deliverables will be to provide WDNR with all data collected and data summaries in both electronic and hardcopy. The results of the sociological survey will also be compiled and presented in a summary report.


Grant Details
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
4/1/2005
Waters Involved
Tainter Lake
Status
Complete

Tainter/Menomin Lake Improvement Association: Tainter Mapping-Sedimentation Study: The Tainter/Menomin Lake Improvement Association, in cooperation with the Dunn County Land Conservation Dept. and the UW-Eau Claire Geography Dept., proposes to study to causes and effects of sedimentation on the upper end of Tainter Lake.

Major project elements to include: 1) Streambank erosion inventory, 2) stabalization priority determination, 3) cropland soil loss analysis, 4) lake mapping, 5) dredging analysis, 6) public visioning meeting.

Project results to be shared with the public via the visioning meeting. (Std. report approval, formats for Dept. info)


Grant Details
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
10/1/2012
Waters Involved
Tainter Lake
Status
Complete

Dunn County: Dunn Shoreland Zone Implementation: Dunn County proposes to inventory riparian property ownership, compliance with county buffer standards, and sites providing public access to Lake Eau Galle, Lake Tainter, the Red Cedar River and unincorporated areas on Lake Menomin. Major project elements to include: a) Inventory of shoreline properties and water access points, and b) education and outreach.


Grant Details
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
10/1/2013
Waters Involved
Tainter Lake
Status
Complete

Tainter/Menomin Lake Improvement Association: Dunn Co. Erosion Plan: The Tainter-Menomin Lake Improvement Assocaition proposes to contract with Inter-fluve, Inc.to develop plans for remediation of river bank erosion and habitat improvement along the Red Cedar River in Dunn County. Major project elements to include: a) analysis of existing data, b) partnership team meetings, c) surveying and waterway access mapping, d) erosion control design, e) cost estimates, and f) implementation plan.


Grant Details
Small Scale Lake Planning
Date
4/1/2007
Waters Involved
Hay River
Status
Complete

Tainter/Menomin Lake Improvement Association: Menomin Map: The Tainter-Menomin Improvement Association proposes to commission production of a bathymetric map of Lake Menomin in Dunn County, produce and distribute 6,000 copies, and make the map available via CD and the association web site.


Grant Details
Small Scale Lake Planning
Date
10/1/2001
Waters Involved
Lake Menomin
Status
Complete

Tainter/Menomin Lake Improvement Association: Red Cedar Basin Organization Development: The Tainter- Menomin Lake Improvement Association proposes to help develop the Red Cedar River Basin Partnership, Inc. in efforts to promote group formation, education, and strategic planning for the Red Cedar River Basin. Project activities include: 1) Promoting organizational development activities, 2) develop a phosphorus managment strategy for the Red Cedar Basin, 3) Inform and educate county and other local units of government on the Red Cedar River Basin, and 4) develop a network among lake and river groups.

The Department of Natural Resources will be provided with both a paper copy and an electronic copy of the final report. Project results will be desseminated to the public through a local newsletter, brochures and activities.


Grant Details
Small Scale Lake Planning
Date
4/1/2002
Waters Involved
Lake Menomin
Status
Complete

Tainter/Menomin Lake Improvement Association: Lake Tainter/Menomin Demonstration Project: The Tainter/Menomin Lake Improvement Association, Inc. proposes to select a residence on Lake Tainter or Lake Menomin on which to model Best Management Practices and designs of shoreland landscaping.

Project activities include: 1) Photos taken of the site, 2) Consultant and landowner meet to outline the design and process for implementation, 3) Continue with PR via local news, 4) Plantings completed under direction of consultant, 5) Guests invited to observe demonstration site by boat, and 6) Continued oversight of vegetative process by landowner.

The Department of Natural Resources will be provided with both a paper and electronic copy of the final report. Information will be disseminated to the public through local newspapers, presentations, and tours of the demonstration site.


Grant Details
Small Scale Lake Planning
Date
4/1/2007
Waters Involved
Lake Menomin
Status
Complete

Tainter/Menomin Lake Improvement Association: Menomin Map: The Tainter-Menomin Improvement Association proposes to commission production of a bathymetric map of Lake Menomin in Dunn County, produce and distribute 6,000 copies, and make the map available via CD and the association web site.


Grant Details
Small Scale Lake Planning
Date
4/1/2007
Waters Involved
Red Cedar River
Status
Complete

Tainter/Menomin Lake Improvement Association: Menomin Map: The Tainter-Menomin Improvement Association proposes to commission production of a bathymetric map of Lake Menomin in Dunn County, produce and distribute 6,000 copies, and make the map available via CD and the association web site.


Grant Details
Small Scale Lake Planning
Date
4/1/2007
Waters Involved
Sinking Creek
Status
Complete

Tainter/Menomin Lake Improvement Association: Menomin Map: The Tainter-Menomin Improvement Association proposes to commission production of a bathymetric map of Lake Menomin in Dunn County, produce and distribute 6,000 copies, and make the map available via CD and the association web site.


Grant Details
Small Scale Lake Planning
Date
4/1/2002
Waters Involved
Tainter Lake
Status
Proposed

Tainter/Menomin Lake Improvement Association: Lake Tainter/Menomin Demonstration Project: The Tainter/Menomin Lake Improvement Association, Inc. proposes to select a residence on Lake Tainter or Lake Menomin on which to model Best Management Practices and designs of shoreland landscaping.

Project activities include: 1) Photos taken of the site, 2) Consultant and landowner meet to outline the design and process for implementation, 3) Continue with PR via local news, 4) Plantings completed under direction of consultant, 5) Guests invited to observe demonstration site by boat, and 6) Continued oversight of vegetative process by landowner.

The Department of Natural Resources will be provided with both a paper and electronic copy of the final report. Information will be disseminated to the public through local newspapers, presentations, and tours of the demonstration site.


Grant Details
Small Scale Lake Planning
Date
4/1/2007
Waters Involved
Tainter Lake
Status
Complete

Tainter/Menomin Lake Improvement Association: Menomin Map: The Tainter-Menomin Improvement Association proposes to commission production of a bathymetric map of Lake Menomin in Dunn County, produce and distribute 6,000 copies, and make the map available via CD and the association web site.


Grant Details
Targeted Runoff - Urban Construction
Date
1/1/2001
Waters Involved
Wilson Creek
Status
Complete

City Of Menomonie: Wilson Creek Rehabilitation: to provide 50% cost-sharing for construction & land acquisition for WQ improvements on Wilson Creek in the City of Menomonie


Grant Details
Urban Nonpoint - Stormwater Construction
Date
1/1/2006
Waters Involved
Unnamed
Status
Complete

City Of Menomonie: East Menomonie Wq Project: To install water quality runoff management practices within the hospital sub-watershed to control sedimentation loading into Lake Menomin, practices to consist of two detention basins and re-engineering of the conveyance ravine.


Grant Details
Urban Nonpoint - Stormwater Planning
Date
1/1/2002
Waters Involved
Lake Menomin
Status
Complete

City Of Menomonie: Stormwater Management Master Plan: To cost-share @70% development of a stormwater master plan, a stormwater ordinance, and a stormwater utility district.


Grant Details
Urban Nonpoint - Stormwater Planning
Date
1/1/2007
Waters Involved
Wilson Creek
Status
Complete

City Of Menomonie: Stormwater Utility Creation: To cost-share development & implementation of a storm water utility for the City, including creation of authorizing ordinances and establishment of a public education program.


Grant Details
River Protection Grant
Date
7/1/2003
Waters Involved
Gilbert Creek
Status
Complete

Trout Unlimited-Wi Clear Waters Chapter: Gilbert Creek Restoration #2: The Ojibleau Chapter of Trout Unlimited proposes to restore 4000 feet of trout stream. Major project elements to include: 1) reshaping and stabalization of eroded streambanks, 2) dredging of silted-in pools, 3) improvement of streamflow from feeder creek, and 4) placement of wiers and lunker structures.


Grant Details
River Protection Grant
Date
7/1/2003
Waters Involved
Gilbert Creek
Status
Complete

Trout Unlimited-Wi Clear Waters Chapter: Gilbert Creek Watershed Management: Trout Unlimited, Ojibleau Chapter, proposes to restore trout habitat in a 3,300 ft. section of Gilbert Creek and a 330 ft. stretch of a tributary stream, both in the Town of Lucas in Dunn County.

Major project elements incude: 1) bank stabalization, 2) placement of lunker structures, 3) removal of remnants of a spring house, 4) and installation of a gravel crossing or culvert to improve fish migration.


Grant Details
River Protection Grant
Date
7/1/2004
Waters Involved
Gilbert Creek
Status
Complete

Trout Unlimited-Wi Clear Waters Chapter: Gilbert Creek Restoration #2: The Ojibleau Chapter of Trout Unlimited proposes to restore 4000 feet of trout stream. Major project elements to include: 1) reshaping and stabalization of eroded streambanks, 2) dredging of silted-in pools, 3) improvement of streamflow from feeder creek, and 4) placement of wiers and lunker structures.


Monitoring & Projects

Projects including grants, restoration work and studies shown below have occurred in this watershed. Click the links below to read through the text. While these are not an exhaustive list of activities, they provide insight into the management activities happening in this watershed.

Grants and Management Projects
Wilson Creek Watershed
Watershed Recommendations
Best Management Practices, Implement
St Croix Co Rush River Non-TMDL TRM
Date
Status
This project promotes nonpoint source best management practices to contribute to the restoration of Wisconsin's waters and was funded by the 319 grant. Specifically, the grantee will implement: a manure storage system closure, access roads and cattle crossings, animal trails and walkways, critical area stabilization, grade stabilization, heavy use area protection, livestock fencing, livestock watering facilities, riparian buffers, sediment basins, water and sediment control basins, waterway systems, well decommissioning, wetland development or restoration, stream crossing, rip-rapping, shaping and seeding, and livestock fencing to remedy discharges of manure, sediment and phosphorus in runoff.
1/1/2017
In Progress
Projects
 
Best Management Practices, Implement
City of New Richmond Stormwater Pond Retro #265
Date
Status
This project is an installation of nonpoint source best management practices to contribute to the restoration of Wisconsin?s waters and was funded by the 319 grant. Specifically, the municipality will construct/install a wet detention pond to remedy discharges of total suspended solids in urban runoff.
1/1/2017
In Progress
Projects
 
Best Management Practices, Implement
Pierce County Dairy BMPs
Date
Status
This project is a landowner installation of nonpoint source best management practices to contribute to the restoration of Wisconsin's waters and was funded by the 319 grant. Specifically, the grantee will implement: a manure storage system, critical area stabilization, livestock fencing, and roof runoff systems to remedy discharges of manure, sediment and phosphorus in runoff.
1/1/2017
In Progress
Projects
Documents
 
Citizen-Based Stream Monitoring
Citizen Stream Monitoring
Date
Status
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.
1/1/2012
In Progress
Projects
 
Citizen-Based Stream Monitoring
Citizen Stream Monitoring
Date
Status
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.
1/1/2012
In Progress
Projects
 
Monitor Aquatic Biology
Monitor biology on WBIC: 5013382
Date
Status
Conduct biological (mIBI or fIBI) monitoring on Unnamed, WBIC: 5013382, AU:3994749
5/21/2016
Proposed
Projects
 
Monitor Fish Tissue
Confirm FCA: IW pre-2000 data
Date
Status
2063500 name Red Cedar River TMDL ID 281 Start Mile 16.48 End Mile 18.8
11/21/2011
Proposed
 
Monitor Fish Tissue
Confirm FCA: IW pre-2000 data
Date
Status
2063500 name Red Cedar River TMDL ID 381 Start Mile 28.72 End Mile 73.6
11/21/2011
Proposed
 
Monitor Fish Tissue
Confirm FCA: IW pre-2000 data
Date
Status
10/25/2011
Proposed
Projects
 
Stormwater Planning, Implementation
Hudson Storm Water Management and Master Planning
Date
Status
Storm water planning activities will be undertaken by the municipality and will result in the following products: updated construction erosion control ordinance, new storm water ordinance for new development and re-development, new ordinances that affect runoff from the developed urban area, updated storm water financing mechanism, new storm water management plan for the developed urban area, and new storm water management plan for new development.
1/1/2016
In Progress
Projects
Documents
 
Stormwater Planning, Implementation
St. Joseph MS4 Planning
Date
Status
This project promotes nonpoint source best management practices to contribute to the restoration of Wisconsin's waters and was funded by the 319 grant. Storm water planning activities will be undertaken by the municipality and will result in the following products: new construction erosion control ordinance, new storm water ordinance for new development and re-development, new ordinances that affect runoff from the developed urban area, new storm water management plan for the developed urban area, and new storm water management plan for new development.
1/1/2016
In Progress
Projects
Documents
 
TMDL Development
Lake Mallalieu TMDL Development
Date
Status
Lake Mallalieu is a man made riverine lake located within the channel of the Willow River. Since 2004, Lake Mallalieu and an upstream reach of the Willow River have been included on the Environmental Protection Agency?s (EPA) 303(d) impaired waters list. The lake is designated as high priority for eutrophication and ph impairments due to excess phosphorus, while the upstream reach of the river is a low priority for dissolved oxygen impairments. The river?s designation is due to excess phosphorus and biological oxygen demand (BOD).

The Willow River has become degraded by excess nutrients, specifically phosphorus.
7/1/2009
In Progress
Projects
Documents
 
TMDL Development
Cedar Lake TMDL
Date
Status
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) developed a TMDL for phosphorus for Cedar Lake. The TMDL addresses the nutrient impacts and impairments which were identified on the Wisconsin 2002 303(d) list. The Lake is nutrient (phosphorus (P)) impaired as a result of agriculture, internal loading and local land use. Water quality in Cedar Lake is generally poor to very poor, falling into the eutrophic to hypereutrophic category. Summer algal blooms result in foul odors and an unsightly build-up of algae biomass on the shoreline. In addition, trophic conditions in the lake limit rooting depth for emergent vegetation used by the resident fish populations. As a result, these impairments impact the recreational/aesthetic value of the lake and stress sport fish populations.
8/19/2003
In Progress
Projects
Documents
 
TMDL Implementation
Tainter Lake, Lake Menomin TMDL Implementation
Date
Status
Phosphorus TMDL Implementation for Lakes Menomin and Tainter. Implementation Plan is needed.
9/14/2012
In Progress
Projects
 
TMDL Implementation
Squaw Lake TMDL
Date
Status
This TMDL report is for Squaw Lake, located in the Star Prairie Township, St. Croix County, Wisconsin, in the St. Croix River Basin. The lake is geographically located across portions of Sections 8, 9 and 17 of T31N, R18W of the USGS Somerset North Quadrangle.
4/13/2011
In Progress
Projects
Documents
 
TMDL Implementation
Tainter Lake, Lake Menomin TMDL
Date
Status
Phosphorus TMDLs for Lakes Menomin and Tainter were completed in May 2012 and approved by the EPA on September 14, 2012. These "lakes" are impoundments of the Red Cedar River. The Red Cedar River drains portions of seven counties; land use is primarily agriculture which contributes to excess phosphorus leading to recreational impairments (unsightly blue-green algal blooms that limit wading, swimming and boating) in Lake Menomin and Tainter Lake. Please visit the UW-Extension Red Cedar River Watershed website for more information and details on outreach activites associated with the TMDL and the Lower Chippewa Basin.
4/10/2011
In Progress
Projects
Documents
 
TMDL Implementation
 
Date
Status
Phosphorus TMDLs for Lakes Menomin and Tainter are currently in draft
7/1/2009
In Progress
 
Wilson Creek WatershedWatershed History Note

The City of Menomonie in Dunn County is located within the Wilson Creek Watershed. One of the city’s most beautiful buildings is The Mabel Tainter Theater, originally named the Mabel Tainter Memorial Building, which is a historic landmark in Menomonie, Wisconsin, and is registered on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. The building was commissioned by Captain and Mrs. Andrew Tainter to honor their late-daughter Mabel Tainter, who died in 1886 at age 19. The lumber baron's daughter had enjoyed music and the arts, so the building was designed to serve those pursuits and no expense was spared by the parents. Designed by Harvey Ellis, the building was completed in 1889. The exterior stone is Dunnville sandstone quarried from along the Red Cedar River. Ellis used Moorish influences in addition to the Romanesque style that guided most of his work. The interior contains hand-stenciled walls and ceilings, marble staircase and floors, stained glass windows, four fireplaces, brass fixtures and walnut and oak woodwork. The building still has its original pipe organ, with a total of 1597 pipes and 28 stops; originally water-powered, it was eventually converted to electric power and completely restored. The building included both an ornate 313-seat theater and a reading room. The facility is home to the Menomonie Theatre Guild. The Reading Room was originally part of the Menomonie Public Library; the library moved in 1986, but the room remains a public reading room with various periodicals. The building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974, is a charter member of the League of Historic American Theatres and a designated Wisconsin Historical Marker Site.

Date  2010