Lakeshore Basin Monitoring Groups

Friends of the Branch River

Friends of the Branch River in Manitowoc County began stream monitoring in 1998.  They graduated from WAV level 1 monitoring to higher levels of monitoring in 2003. The orgranization as a whole works to promote and facilitate the natural health of the Branch River and its watershed.

Goals of the monitoring program are to establish a Photo of Branch River monitor.baseline of information about the quality of water in the Branch River and its watershed, and to help build community awareness about the resource.

The river’s headwaters are located in Brown County and it empties into the Manitowoc River near Manitowoc, Wisconsin.  When participating in WAV monitoring, eight volunteers monitored monthly at up to 13 sites along the river on a seasonal basis. They monitored for temperature, transparency, dissolved oxygen, biotic index and habitat.
The Friends of the Branch received a DNR Rivers Protection Grant to do additional study on the river in 2003. They monitored on numerous occasions and worked with the Center for Watershed Science and Education at UW-Stevens Point on the project.

Their data are entered into the WAV citizen monitoring database. Search for it by Manitowoc County or by Branch River.

Manitowoc River Watershed Stewardship Group
This group was initiated in 2007. Their goals are to:

  • Become stewards of the Manitowoc Rivers Watershed and the shores of Lake Michigan by participating in seminars and hands-on activities.
  • Take an active role in monitoring the Manitowoc River to improve the health of this watershed.

The City of Manitowoc and the Wisconsin Maritime Museum co-coordinate the project. In 2007 there are 5 citizens who will monitor up to 7 sites on tributaries of the Manitowoc River. One monitors also monitors at Collins Marsh. They monitor temperature, dissolved oxygen, stream flow, habitat, and biotic index using WAV methods. Data will be entered to the WAV database. Wendy Lutzke at the Wisconsin Maritime Museum coordinates the effort.

Woodland Waves

Photo of Woodland Waves training by Kelly Eskew.This group started monitoring in 2006. Their goal is to have fun learning about their local watershed and water related issues. This goal is met through hands on scientific monitoring of the East and West Twin Rivers and their tributaries and by providing educational programs about water related topics and issues for the community. The program is coordinated by Woodland Dunes Nature Center in Two Rivers. Two volunteers worked to monitor one site initially and in 2007 there are 9 citizens monitoring 7 sites on the East Twin, West Twin and Neshotah Rivers. Every month between April and October they monitor temperature, dissolved oxygen, habitat, and biotic index using WAV methods. Data will be entered to the WAV database. Search by river name or Manitowoc County. Kelly Eskew coordinates the effort.

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