Fox-Wolf River Basin Monitoring Groups

Central Wisconsin Trout Unlimited

This group began monitoring in 2005 with the following goals in mind: To achieve a better awareness of how the health of the streams in their Trout Unlimited five county areas affected the watersheds and the water basin in their area. Ultimately, as a conservation group, they want to do what they can to help preserve our precious Wisconsin water resource through monitoring and education.

The group works with the Fox Valley Trout Unlimited chapter. Initially 25 people participated in the monitoring effort at 9 sites. In 2007, 48 people participate, monitoring 27 sites including: Mecan River (2), Pine River (2), Chaffee Creek, Wedde Creek, Willow Crek (2), Waupaca River (2), Bird Creek (2), Bower Creek, Snake Creek, Puchyan River, Mill Race River, Little Pine Creek, West Branch White River, White River, E. Branch Fond du Lab River, Talbot Creek (2), Graves Creek (2), Carpenter Creek (3), and the Pulaski Middle School will monitor a site TBD.

Every month between April and October they monitor temperature, dissolved oxygen, stream flow, habitat, transparency, and biotic index using WAV methods. They also conduct level 2 and level 3 stream monitoring.

Their WAV data are stored in the online database. Search by site, stream name or one of the following counties: Fond du Lac, Green Lake, Marquette, Waupaca, or Waushara. Linn Beck coordinates their efforts.

Friends of the Little Wolf Headwaters – Water Monitoring Group

This group began stream monitoring in 2004.  Their goals are to protect the area drained by the Headwaters of the Little Wolf River in Waupaca County through education, cooperation, and action.  They are sponsored by the River Alliance of Wisconsin, Trout Unlimited, North East Wisconsin Land Trust, DNR, and UWEX.  When they began monitoring, 20 volunteers monitored 11 sites.  In 2007, 30 people are monitoring 30 sites on the following streams: Little Wolf, South Branch Little Wolf, North Branch Little Wolf, Flume, Comet, Spaulding Creek, Blake Creek, Whitcomb Creek, Griffin Creek, Nace Creek, Peterson Creek, Sannes Creek.  They monitor temperature, dissolved oxygen, stream flow, habitat, transparency, and biotic index using WAV methods.  They also monitor biochemical oxygen demand and pH, and members of their group participate in level 2 and level 3 stream monitoring activities as well.  Level 3 projects they participate in include family level identification of macroinvertebrates and purple loosestrife monitoring.  The variety of projects they participate and the large number of participant results in them monitoring on several schedules – from once a year, to twice a year, to once a month.  Their level 1 WAV data are stored in the online database They are coordinated by Jim Hlaban.

Tigerton High School Biology II Group

This group has been monitoring a site on the South Branch of the Embarrass River between the dam and Hwy 45 bridge in Tigerton since 1973. Teacher Gary Kuchenbecker had always done a stream monitoring component in his biology classes and in 2003 modified what the class was doing in order to utilize WAV methods. The number of students who participate varies from year to year. Once a year they monitor temperature, dissolved oxygen, stream flow, habitat, and biotic index using WAV methods and also monitor pH. They enter their data to the WAV database.

Tomorrow/Waupaca Watershed Monitors

This group of citizens began stream monitoring in 2006. They are made up of representatives from a number of groups including the Hornberg Chapter of Trout Unlimited and City of Waupaca Waste treatment plant. One of the monitors is a teacher at Amherst School. The UW-Stevens Point Student Chapter of American Water Resources Association is developing rating curves for the monitors.

Five citizens monitor 6 sites in the Tomorrow/Waupaca River Watershed. Sites are on the Tomorrow River, Bear Creek, Spring Creek, and Crystal River. They monitor temperature, dissolved oxygen, stream flow, transparency, habitat, biotic index, and pH using a combination of WAV level 1 and level 2 stream monitoring methods. Their efforts are coordinated by Nancy Turyk.

UW-Fox Valley

This group began monitoring in 2003. They monitor tributaries of the lower Fox River. At its inception, there were 30 students involved and it was completely voluntary for them to be involved. In 2007, one of coordinator Terri Gonya’s classes is required to monitor as part of their semester project each fall. This is a total of 50 students. They have a smaller group (about 10) that monitor each spring, and about 3 or 4 who continue to monitor over the summer. In all, they monitor 12 stream sites including Kankapot, Apple (two locations), Ashwaubenon, Mudd, Neenah Slough, Garners, Bear and Black (Wolf River tributaries), Bower, Baird, Sawyer Creek, Lancaster, and Devils Creek. They monitor temperature, dissolved oxygen, stream flow, transparency, habitat, biotic index, pH, chlorides, phosphates, nitrates, and fecal coliforms. They also monitor at Heckrodt Nature Preserve once a year informally.

They’re interested in finding additional volunteers to gather data during the summer months when students are away. Contact Terri Gonya for more information.

Wautoma High School Monitors

The Wautoma High School Monitors will begin WAV level 1 stream monitoring in fall 2007. The group will be doing monitoring on Bird and Souls Creeks. The group hopes to document how a system changes from headwaters to lacustrine back to riverine. The students will be doing mostly educational monitoring with options to expand, pending interest.  Their efforts will be coordinated by teacher Jeff Hetcher.

Wisconsin Federation of Fly Fishers

The Wisconsin Federation of Fly Fishers began monitoring in 2004. Their main goal is to assess the quality of local stream habitats. Six people began monitoring with the group. In 2007, four people continue to monitor with the group. Twice a year, or every other month, (depending on the individual monitors) they monitor temperature, dissolved oxygen, stream flow, habitat, transparency, and biotic index using WAV methods. They also monitor specific conductivity. They monitor in numerous Basin and counties across the state including: Central Wisconsin Basin, Adams County, Parsons Creek; Lower Wisconsin Basin, Dane County, Black Earth Creek at Olson Road; Fox Basin, Fond du Lac County, Campground Creek; and Headwaters Basin, Price County, Fould’s Creek. Their data are stored in the WAV online database. Search by stream name or county. Their coordinator is Phil Emmling.

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