Grant - Platte - Sugar - Pecatonica Basin Monitoring Groups

The Nohr Network of Monitors began stream monitoring in 2000, after holding an initial training session in 1999. The main goal of the Nohr Network is to educate as many people as possible about the unique characteristics and requirements of the water resources in southwestern Wisconsin. A second goal is to instruct and support monitors so their efforts and data are rewarding and correct.

Image of Man in stream for monitoring projectAt its peak in 2003, the Nohr Network of Monitors had 25 volunteers monitoring at as many sites throughout the Grant-Platte-Sugar-Pecatonica Basin and the Lower Wisconsin Basin in southwestern Wisconsin. They monitored in Richland, Iowa, Grant, and Dane Counties.  In 2007, about 7 sites are monitored in these counties by as many volunteers. 

All streams that are monitored eventually empty to the Mississippi River, though some of the streams that are monitored meet the Wisconsin River prior to its confluence with the Mississippi. Monitored streams include: Big Green River, Big Spring, Blockhouse Creek, Blue River, Brush Creek, Castle Rock Creek, Dodge Branch, Flint Creek, Gordon Creek, Gregory Branch, Harker Creek, Little Platte River, Lee Creek, McPherson Creek, Mud Branch, Platte River, Rountree Branch, Sanders Creek, Snowden Creek, West Branch Sugar River, and an unnamed creek.

Citizen monitors assess the six WAV parameters on a seasonal basis. To learn more about this program and data that have been collected through these volunteers' efforts, visit the Grant-Platte-Sugar-Pecatonica Basin Web site or the Harry and Laura Nohr Chapter of Trout Unlimited Web site. You can also search for data results of these volunteers' efforts, in the citizen stream monitoring database. Search for results by stream or county name in which these citizens monitor.

The program was co-sponsored by the Harry and Laura Nohr Chapter of Trout Unlimited and the University of Wisconsin-Extension. Other program sponsors include the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Cobb Lioness Club, Dickeyville-Kieler Lions Club, Kiwanis Club of Dodgeville, LaCrosse Footwear Company, Platteville Kiwanis Club, Southwest Badger Resource Conservation and Development Council, and the Natural Resources Foundation. The local coordinator is Peggy Compton.

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