Rock River Basin and Southeastern Wisconsin Fox Basin

Dane County Stream Monitors


Many Dane Monitors began stream monitoring in 2002, while two groups, working with the Nohr Network of Monitors and the Cam-Rock Park Monitors began monitoring in 2001. The main goal of the overall Dane County program is to collect baseline data for wadable tributaries of the Rock River in Dane County, Wisconsin. Coordinating groups for this program include the Dane County Land Conservation Department, Rock River Coalition, UW-Extension, and Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.Photo of volunteer monitors looking at macroinvertberates

In 2003, 30 volunteers are monitoring eleven streams in the county, including the Black Earth Creek, Dorn Creek, Koshkonong Creek, Pheasant Branch, Saunders Creek, Six Mile Creek, Starkweather Creek, Token Creek, West Branch of the Sugar River, Wingra Creek, and the Yahara River. Citizen monitors assess the six WAV parameters on a seasonal basis. The monitors' data results are included in the citizen stream monitoring database. Search for results by Dane County or by stream name.

The local coordinator for this program is Pete Jopke, with the Dane County Land Conservation Department.

Rock County Stream Monitors

The Rock County Stream Monitors began monitoring in 2002. The main goal of this program is for education and to collect baseline data on small streams in Rock County, Wisconsin. Coordinating groups for this program include the Rock River Coalition, Rock County Land Conservation Department, UW-Extension, and Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.   A few monitors participate to collect data for the specific goals of their respective groups (i.e. Friends of Rockport Park). 

When the program began in 2002, 18 volunteers monitored four stream sites in the county, including Otter Creek in Milton, Turtle Creek in Beloit, and Springbrook Creek in Janesville.  In 2007, five citizens monitor with WAV level 1 methods, one volunteer monitors using both level 1 and level 2 stream monitoring methods, and six citizens monitor using level 2 methods.  Others are also monitoring in a variety of level 3 projects.

Stream Monitoring in Rock BasinTwelve sites in all are monitored (some with just level 1, some with level 1 and 2, and some with just level 2 methods).  These sites are on the following creeks: Turtle Creek (3 sites), Otter Creek (3 sites), Spring Brook (Janesville), Norwegian Creek, Allen Creek (2 sites), Markham Creek, and Fischer Creek. Citizen monitors assess the six WAV parameters between April and October.  Some monitors also assess pH or have participated in level 3 E. coli bacteria monitoring (1 site) and crayfish surveying (4 sites).

The WAV level 1 monitors' data results are entered into the WAV citizen stream monitoring database (and level 2 monitors’ results are entered into the WDNR’s SWIMS databse).  In the WAV database, search for results by Rock County or by stream name.  The local coordinator for this program is Anne Miller.

2003 Rock County Monitoring Sites

Water Quality Monitoring Team of the Friends of Cam-Rock Park

The Water Quality Monitoring Team of Friends of Cam-Rock Park was established in 2001 following a spring citizen monitoring training session. Goals of the Friends Program are to help with habitat restoration along the stream at the park following removal of a dam on the Creek. Their efforts, in addition to stream monitoring include removal of invasive species and litter, and establishment of water trails within the park. The group is working with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to determine priority needs for the park.

In 2001, the Cam-Rock citizen stream monitors had 14 volunteers monitoring one site along Koshkonong Creek within Cam-Rock Park in the Rock River Basin of Wisconsin. Koshkonong Creek is located in Dane and Jefferson Counties and empties into the Rock River through Lake Koshkonong near Fort Atkinson. The Friends of Cam-Rock Park have been working closely with the Rock River Coalition to establish and carry out the monitoring program. You can learn more about the program from the local coordinator for the program, Janice Redford.

Citizen monitors assess the six WAV parameters on a seasonal (May-October) basis along Koshkonong Creek. Results of these volunteers' efforts will soon be posted on the citizen stream monitoring database. Search for results by Koshkonong Creek or by Dane or Jefferson County in which these citizens monitor.

Pewaukee River Partnership, Fox River Partnership and the Waukesha portion of the Rock River Coalition

The Rock River portion of this monitoring effort started in 2002, the Pewaukee River Partnership began in 2005 and the Fox River Partnership in 2006. The goal of these programs is to collect useful data for land use management and planning. Coordinating groups include the Rock River Coalition, the Fox River Partnership and the Pewaukee River Partners. Initially 12 citizens monitored 10 stream sites. In 2007, 41 people are monitoring 24 sites on the following streams: Artesian Brook, Pebble Creek, Brandy Brook, Fox River, Scuppernong Creek, Battle Creek, Little Oconomowoc River, Pewaukee River, Meadowbrook Creek, Zion Creek, Coco Creek, Jewel Creek, Poplar Creek, and Sussex Creek.

Every month between April and October they monitor temperature, dissolved oxygen, stream flow, habitat, and biotic index using WAV methods. Some of the citizen monitors also conduct level 2 stream monitoring. Data are entered to the WAV database. Search by Waukesha County or by site or stream name. Jayne Jenks coordinates these monitoring efforts. For more information about these programs visit the Waukesha County Department of Parks and Landuse website.

Sussex Creek Monitoring Program

In 2001, the Village of Sussex in Waukesha County, Wisconsin teamed up with the Hamilton School District to assess macroinvertebrate biodiversity and to do a stream clean up along Sussex Creek. About 60 people were involved with the initial monitoring effort, including Waukesha County staff. Curt Bolton, engineer with the Village, established a citizen monitoring program at two sites along the creek in conjunction with a Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources permit. Goals for the program were to familiarize local residents about the stream and to watch for changes in biodiversity as this primarily agricultural watershed develops into an urbanized area. Curt has moved on to a new position, so this program is no longer coordinated by him, but since it’s in Waukesha County, if you live in the Sussex area and are interested in becoming a volunteer, contact Jayne Jenks Data collected by Curt and the students he worked with are available on the WAV database.

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