Watershed - East Fork Chippewa River (UC21)
East Fork Chippewa River Watershed

Details

The East Fork Chippewa River Watershed has 17 listed trout streams, more than any other watershed in the Upper Chippewa River Basin. It is predominantly wetland and forest, with limited agricultural activities so nonpoint source pollution is not widespread. Glidden is the only Village in the watershed. Glidden has a wastewater treatment plant that discharges into the East Fork of the Chippewa River just south of the village. The remaining residents have private septic systems. Virtually all trout streams in this watershed have beaver dams.

Date  2018

Ecological Landscapes for East Fork Chippewa River Watershed

Ecological Landscapes

The North Central Forest Ecological Landscape occupies much of the northern third of Wisconsin. Its landforms are characterized by end and ground moraines with some pitted outwash and bedrock controlled areas. Kettle depressions and steep ridges are found in the northern portion. Two prominent areas in this Ecological Landscape are the Penokee-Gogebic Iron Range in the north extending into Michigan, and Timm's Hill, the highest point in Wisconsin (1,951 feet) in the south. Soils consist of sandy loam, sand, and silts. The vegetation is mainly forest, with many wetlands and some agriculture, though the growing season is not as favorable as it is in southern Wisconsin. Lake Superior greatly influences the northern portion of the Ecological Landscape especially during the winter season, producing greater snowfall than in most areas in Wisconsin. The historic vegetation was primarily hemlock-hardwood forest dominated by hemlock, sugar maple, and yellow birch. There were some smaller areas of white and red pine forest scattered throughout the ecological landscape, and individual white pines trees were a component of the hemlock-hardwood forest. Harvesting hemlock to support the tanneries was common at the turn of the century, and the species soon became a minor component of forests due to over-harvesting and lack of regeneration. Currently, forests cover approximately 80% of this Ecological Landscape. The northern upland hardwood forest is dominant, made up of sugar maple, basswood, Yellow Birch, Balsam Fir, and also including some scattered hemlock and white pine pockets within stands. Aspen & White Birch stands are also relatively abundant due to timber harvest management practices. There is also a variety of forested and non-forested wetland spread across the landscape.

Date  2018

Watershed Documents
Watershed Grants
Grant Details
Aquatic Invasives Education
Date
4/1/2010
Waters Involved
East Fork Chippewa River
Status
Complete

Chippewa Flowage Area Property Owners Assoc: Chippewa Flowage Ais Project: Chippewa Flowage Area Property Owners Association will conduct an AIS program that will reduce the problem of AIS (purple loosestrife, Eurasian water milfoil (EWM)) in the Chippewa Flowage through monitoring, education, control and prevention.

Project goals includes: 1) Develop a Clean Boats, Clean Waters program for five landings on the Chippewa Flowage; 2) Perform a survey of all 33 boat landings to determine presence/absence of EWM at or near the landings; 3) Develop a resort owner educational program on boat landing improvements and signage; 4) Continue to survey, raise biocontrol, and control purple loosestrife; 5) Develop a test plot to determine effectiveness of herbicide control on EWM in boat landing areas.

Project deliverables include: 1) Provide results of the EWM control testing (Hay Creek); 2) Provide maps of EWM presence at or near boat landings; 3) Provide maps for Purple loosestrife locations (including herbicide control and beetle release sites); 4) Provide the department a summary of the volunteer AIS monitoring and number of hours/boaters contacted under Clean Boats, Clean Waters Program; 5) Provide a summary of the educational activities at the landings including signage.

Specific conditions for this Project: 1) The WDNR will be provided electronic and hard copies of all data and or reports/plans generated as a result of this project; 2) APM Permit must be approved prior to EWM treatment; 3) Implement the department pre and post monitoring protocol at EWM herbicide treatment sites; 4) Contact UW-Extension staff for information on training, workshops or educational materials for the AIS Monitoring (Laura Herman, 715-365-8998) Program; 5) Contact Christal Campbell (608-266-0061) and Erin McFarlane (715-346-4978) prior to constructing signs to make sure a consistent message is being sent.


Grant Details
Aquatic Invasives Education
Date
4/1/2010
Waters Involved
Lake Chippewa
Status
Complete

Chippewa Flowage Area Property Owners Assoc: Chippewa Flowage Ais Project: Chippewa Flowage Area Property Owners Association will conduct an AIS program that will reduce the problem of AIS (purple loosestrife, Eurasian water milfoil (EWM)) in the Chippewa Flowage through monitoring, education, control and prevention.

Project goals includes: 1) Develop a Clean Boats, Clean Waters program for five landings on the Chippewa Flowage; 2) Perform a survey of all 33 boat landings to determine presence/absence of EWM at or near the landings; 3) Develop a resort owner educational program on boat landing improvements and signage; 4) Continue to survey, raise biocontrol, and control purple loosestrife; 5) Develop a test plot to determine effectiveness of herbicide control on EWM in boat landing areas.

Project deliverables include: 1) Provide results of the EWM control testing (Hay Creek); 2) Provide maps of EWM presence at or near boat landings; 3) Provide maps for Purple loosestrife locations (including herbicide control and beetle release sites); 4) Provide the department a summary of the volunteer AIS monitoring and number of hours/boaters contacted under Clean Boats, Clean Waters Program; 5) Provide a summary of the educational activities at the landings including signage.

Specific conditions for this Project: 1) The WDNR will be provided electronic and hard copies of all data and or reports/plans generated as a result of this project; 2) APM Permit must be approved prior to EWM treatment; 3) Implement the department pre and post monitoring protocol at EWM herbicide treatment sites; 4) Contact UW-Extension staff for information on training, workshops or educational materials for the AIS Monitoring (Laura Herman, 715-365-8998) Program; 5) Contact Christal Campbell (608-266-0061) and Erin McFarlane (715-346-4978) prior to constructing signs to make sure a consistent message is being sent.


Grant Details
Aquatic Invasives Education
Date
4/1/2010
Waters Involved
West Fork Chippewa River
Status
Complete

Chippewa Flowage Area Property Owners Assoc: Chippewa Flowage Ais Project: Chippewa Flowage Area Property Owners Association will conduct an AIS program that will reduce the problem of AIS (purple loosestrife, Eurasian water milfoil (EWM)) in the Chippewa Flowage through monitoring, education, control and prevention.

Project goals includes: 1) Develop a Clean Boats, Clean Waters program for five landings on the Chippewa Flowage; 2) Perform a survey of all 33 boat landings to determine presence/absence of EWM at or near the landings; 3) Develop a resort owner educational program on boat landing improvements and signage; 4) Continue to survey, raise biocontrol, and control purple loosestrife; 5) Develop a test plot to determine effectiveness of herbicide control on EWM in boat landing areas.

Project deliverables include: 1) Provide results of the EWM control testing (Hay Creek); 2) Provide maps of EWM presence at or near boat landings; 3) Provide maps for Purple loosestrife locations (including herbicide control and beetle release sites); 4) Provide the department a summary of the volunteer AIS monitoring and number of hours/boaters contacted under Clean Boats, Clean Waters Program; 5) Provide a summary of the educational activities at the landings including signage.

Specific conditions for this Project: 1) The WDNR will be provided electronic and hard copies of all data and or reports/plans generated as a result of this project; 2) APM Permit must be approved prior to EWM treatment; 3) Implement the department pre and post monitoring protocol at EWM herbicide treatment sites; 4) Contact UW-Extension staff for information on training, workshops or educational materials for the AIS Monitoring (Laura Herman, 715-365-8998) Program; 5) Contact Christal Campbell (608-266-0061) and Erin McFarlane (715-346-4978) prior to constructing signs to make sure a consistent message is being sent.


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
East Fork Chippewa River Watershed

Goals

1/15/2018
Make recommendations to improve or protect water quality consistent with Clean Water Act guidelines and state water quality standards.
1/15/2018
Identify water resource issues.
Watershed Recommendations
Best Management Practices, Implement
Watershed wide BMPs
Date
Status
Identify water resource issues, and make recommendations to improve or protect water quality consistent with Clean Water Act guidelines and state water quality standards.
1/15/2018
Proposed
 
Fish Management, Access
Culvert Maintenance
Date
Status
Maintain culverts and conduct periodic culvert audits to verify adequate water flow, confirm the avoidance of excessive sedimentation, and determine allowable fish passage with partners.
1/15/2018
Proposed
 
Monitor Fish Community
Re-survey Dorn's Creek
Date
Status
Water Quality staff should re-survey Dorn�s Creek for fish to re-evaluate the fish community.
1/15/2018
Proposed
 
Monitor Fish Tissue
Confirm FCA: IW pre-2000 data
Date
Status
11/15/2011
Proposed
Projects
 
Monitor Fish Tissue
Confirm FCA: IW pre-2000 data
Date
Status
11/1/2011
Proposed
Projects
 
Monitor Fish Tissue
Confirm FCA: IW pre-2000 data
Date
Status
11/1/2011
Proposed
Projects
 
Monitor Fish Tissue
Confirm FCA: IW pre-2000 data
Date
Status
10/28/2011
Proposed
Projects
 
Monitor Targeted Area
Total Phosphorus Sampling 2406800
Date
Status
This water was assessed during the 2016 and 2018 listing cycle; general mIBI assessment indicates that this water is meeting Fish and Aquatic Life use. Fish IBI from 2018 is "Good", and TP meets water quality standards but more TP samples are needed for statistical results.
7/30/2017
Proposed
Projects
 
Monitor Targeted Area
Monitoring TP to evaluate condition
Date
Status
One TP sample is available with biology but that is not enough to present statistical results.
7/23/2017
Proposed
Projects
 
Monitor Water Quality or Sediment
Unnamed Trib to East Fork Chippewa River Biology
Date
Status
Only assessment result is "poor". Further monitoring recommended. AU: 5543963; Station ID: 10044550
5/1/2018
Proposed
Projects
 
Monitor Water Quality or Sediment
Dorns Creek Biology fIBI
Date
Status
Only assessment result is "poor". Furthe monitoring recommended. AU: 15424; Station ID: 10044621
5/1/2018
Proposed
Projects
 
Monitor Water Quality or Sediment
Monitoring fish IBI 2405400
Date
Status
Monitoring fish IBI to confirm condition 2405400
7/30/2017
Proposed
Projects
 
Review, Update Use Designation
Continuous Temperature Monitor
Date
Status
DNR fisheries or Water Quality staff should consider a thermal study with continuous temperature probes to evaluate the cold water potential of managed trout waters in these watersheds.
1/15/2018
Proposed
 
Trout Classification Mgmt
Manage Beaver in Trout Waters
Date
Status
Manage Beaver populations in designated trout waters with the US Forest Service and other potential partners.
1/15/2018
Proposed
 
Trout Classification Mgmt
Re-assess for Trout
Date
Status
DNR Fisheries staff should re-assess waters managed for trout within these watersheds. No trout were collected during this study.
1/15/2018
Proposed
 
East Fork Chippewa River WatershedWatershed History Note