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Lower Chippewa Basin Monitoring Programs

Beaver Creek Citizen Science Center

This group began monitoring in 2003. They have monitored over 20 sites in the Eau Claire area and into Rusk County, Pepin County, and surrounding areas. In 2007 all but three teams of monitors have advanced to higher levels of monitoring, but the Center hosts trainings for new monitors regularly and is interested in having new level 1 monitors. Check with staff at the Center for information. Search for any of the following sites in the online database:

Beaver Creek at S 140th Ave.
Big Weirgor Creek, 500 ft. south of Old Murry Rd (upstream from Short Cut Rd)
Black Creek at Hwy H
Black Creek at the south side of Cty Rd M
Black Creek at Tioga Road
Bridge Creek at Stone St. in Augusta
Deinhammer Creek at Beaver Creek Reserve
Devil's Creek at Hwy O
Dickison Creek, West end 153rd Rd, Town of Butler bordering county forest land
Duncan Creek in Willis Park, Bloomer
Duscham Creek, halfway in between 650th St. and where it enters the Chippewa R.
Elk Creek at County Line Rd.
Fairchild Pond from the dock of the rod and gun club
Frederick Creek at Hwy J
Hay Creek at County NL
Hay Creek, at intersection with 190th St.
Hay River, Clinton Township, R13 S5, at 18th Ave. in Cumberland
Lamb's Creek and Rubush Road (near Hwys J and F)
Little Elk River at Worchester Road
Little Niagara Creek, nursing parking lot, 10ft downstream from drainage culverts
Lowes Creek at Hwy F
Lowes Creek below Fehr Road to below bike path
McGaver Creek at Hwy H
Muskrat Creek at Stoney Lonesome Road
North Fork Eau Claire River at Channey Road
Otter Creek at Spooner Ave. in Eau Claire
Paint Creek near Lake Wissota
Pine Creek, just east of where northern Br joins, ~1/3 mi. W of Cty AA bridge
Pine Creek, just W of westward dogleg turn, ~1/2 mi. W of Cty AA bridge
Red Cedar River at South St. in Rice Lake
Rocky Run Creek, 1/2 mile north of Rock Creek Rd. on Fischer Ave in Willard
Rush River at El Paso where Cty Rd. G turns east
Schoolhouse Creek at Fairchild Dam, 15 yards north of millpond outlet
Schoolhouse Creek at Humbird St.
Schoolhouse Creek at Hwy 10
Schoolhouse Creek at Hwy H
Sherman Creek at Vine Street in Eau Claire
South Fork Flambeau River, Hwy 13 bridge of Fifield (S of Hwy 70)
Tiffany/Blue Creek at Hwy 128
Unnamed Creek, Boyceville, by Methodist Church, N of Main St./S of Tiffany St.
West Creek SE of Hwy 85
Yellow River, Gilman Park, at County Road B

Ellsworth Senior High

This group has been monitoring since 2005 with the goal of forming a database for the Rush River, Trimbelle River, and Parker Creek in Pierce County. Twice a year, students monitor temperature, dissolved oxygen, stream flow, transparency, habitat, and biotic index using WAV methods and also monitor pH. Their teacher Dennis Zielinski coordinates their efforts.



Galloway Creek UW-Stout BIO 111 Student Monitors

This group began monitoring in 2003. During a series of labs, about 100 BIO 111 students per year learn the skills that are needed to monitor the health of streams. At one site on Galloway Creek, students make visual observations of habitat and land uses, measure the physical and chemical characteristics of water, and assess the abundance and diversity of macroinvertebrates. At the end of the stream monitoring labs, lab groups complete a report to the City of Menomonie. This report includes a summary of their data and a written description of their assessment and recommendations for their stream site. Several groups work together to coordinate the effort including the City of Menomonie, BIO 111 students, GreenSense (UW-Stout student environmental organization), 4H, and Sigma Tau Fraternity. Twice a year they monitor temperature, stream flow, transparency, habitat, and biotic index using WAV methods and also monitor pH, chloride, fecal coliforms and E. coli (using 3M Petrifilm), and dissolved oxygen (using a probe). Their efforts are coordinated by Krista James.

Gilbert Creek UW-Stout BIO 111 Student Monitors

This group began monitoring in 2003. During a series of labs, about 100 BIO 111 students per year learn the skills that are needed to monitor the health of streams. At one site on Gilbert Creek, students make visual observations of habitat and land uses, measure the physical and chemical characteristics of water, and assess the abundance and diversity of macroinvertebrates. At the end of the stream monitoring labs, lab groups complete a report to the Department of Natural Resources and Trout Unlimited. This report includes a summary of their data and a written description of their assessment and recommendations for their stream site. Several groups work together to coordinate the effort including the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, BIO 111 students, and Trout Unlimited. Twice a year they monitor temperature, stream flow, transparency, habitat, and biotic index using WAV methods and also monitor pH, chloride, fecal coliforms and E. coli (using 3M Petrifilm), and dissolved oxygen (using a probe). Their efforts are coordinated by Chuck Bomar.


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