St.Croix River Basin Monitoring Groups

Adopt-A-Stream Biomonitoring, Polk County:

The Polk County Land and Water Resources Department initiated a volunteer benthic macroinvertebrate monitoring program in the summer of 2001. School groups, organizations and individuals in the county and surrounding counties are working together to collect and analyze data about the aquatic insects and other invertebrates that inhabit local streams. The group uses a modified WAV citizen stream monitoring biotic index to score water quality. Data from the program are not currently entered into the statewide citizen stream monitoring database. You can learn more about the program from Jeremy Williamson, local coordinator, or from the Adopt-A-Stream Program Web page.

Burnett County 4H Monitors

The group began monitoring in 2007. They Their efforts are coordinated by Mary Pardee.

Friends of the St. Croix Headwaters

Friends of the St. Croix Headwaters began monitoring in 2005.  They have several primary goals: (1) To improve citizen stewardship of our watershed’s rivers and stream by “getting ankles in the water” through volunteer participation in the WAV program. (2) To better understand the “health” of local rivers and streams through WAV monitoring and assessment. (3) To determine which streams offer suitable trout habitat.  (4) To use WAV “results” as a basis for outreach education to the general public and local elected officials. (5) To identify the presence of invasive species. (6) To locate potential problem areas (e.g. low Dissolved Oxygen levels) so that follow-up actions and remedies can be taken.

Their monitoring efforts are coordinated by several sponsors, including the Upper St. Croix Lake Association; Gordon Flowage Association; Property Owners Association, Inc. Barnes/Eau Claire Lakes Area; Douglas County Association of Lakes and Streams; Solon Springs School, and the Solon Springs Lions Club.

When they began their efforts 13 people monitored.  In 2007, 25 people participate in the monitoring project.  They have increased their number of sites from 9 to 16 since they began monitoring.  The streams and rivers they monitor are: Upper St. Croix River (multiple sites), Eau Claire River (multiple sites), Leo Creek, Park Creek, Smith Creek, Rock Cut Creek, Beebe Creek, Catlin Creek, St. Croix Creek, unnamed creek (Palmer’s Landing), Lower Ox Creek.  All are located in Douglas County.

In addition to the six WAV parameters, they monitor pH and conductivity each month between May and October.  They also monitor as part of the level 2 stream monitoring pilot project and have been awarded several grants to conduct other water monitoring research, working with the Center for Watershed Education at UW-Stevens Point.

Their WAV data are stored in the online database.  Their efforts are coordinated by Scott and Susan Peterson. You can learn more about this monitoring group at their website:  A map of their sites is available at:

St. Croix County Volunteer Stream Monitors

The St. Croix County Land & Water Conservation Department in Baldwin initiated a Water Action Volunteer Monitoring Program when several local 4-H Clubs and Scouting Organizations expressed interest and received training on the proper testing procedures in May of 2003. Five people began monitoring at two sites that summer. In 2007 there are 10 volunteers monitoring as many sites on the Willow River (8 sites) and the Kinnickinnic River (2 sites). The groups are monitoring all six WAV parameters each month between May and October. Their goals are:

  • To asses the water quality of streams in St. Croix County.
  • To get citizens involved in their streams.
  • To get out and have fun.

Their data are stored in the WAV online database. Search by St. Croix County or by Willow or Kinnickinnic Rivers. For more information contact Aleisha Miller, local coordinator.

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