“Our mission is to educate and provide
opportunities for people of diverse
interests to work together to improve
the envir...
WHERE IS THE ROCK
RIVER BASIN?
Covers ~ 11 counties
Home to 900,000
 2,325 stream miles
 150 lakes and
storm water
pou...
WHAT DOES THE ROCK RIVER
COALITION DO?

Citizen Stream Monitoring Program
Citizen Wetland Monitoring Program
Wisconsin Sho...
HOW HEALTHY
ARE THE
WATERS?
62 water bodies
do not meet
federal standards
for phosphorus and
total suspended
solids
YAHARA RIVER
WATERSHED

?? water bodies
do not meet
federal standards
for phosphorus and
total suspended
solids
WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR
IMPROVING WATER QUALITY?
A New Compliance
Option-“Adaptive
Management”

Yahara WINs
A watershed-based,
collaborative
approach to meeting
in-stream
...
AND HOW DO WE
KNOW IF WE ARE
SUCCEEDING?
By Monitoring
 4 USGS stations
 MMSD Regular Nutrient
Sampling
 Edge of Field ...
CITIZEN STREAM
MONITOIRNG
PROGRAM

 10 years+
 Grounded in science
 Rooted in partnership
WATER ACTION VOLUNTEERS PROGRAM
…79 volunteer monitored sites within the Rock River Basin
…Over 200 volunteer monitored si...
POWERED BY VOLUNTEERS
Rock River Coalition –
Yahara WINs:
2013 Volunteer Stream
Monitoring Project
23 new
WQ monitoring sites
7 New Sites
Nutrient Sampling
(Level 3)
Volunteers collected water
samples once a month from
May to October
Samples were a...
6 New Sites
Status and trends
(Level 2)
Volunteers monitored
once a month from May to
October

Continous temperature
disss...
10 New Sites
Baseline
Volunteers monitored
once a month from May
to October

temperature
dissolved oxygen
transparency
Bio...
What happens in 2014
Depends
On You…
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  • Going to focus on volunteer effort then USGS monitoring
  • Great presentations – many opportunities of public engagement in creating a better picture of the natural world – now want to extend a special invite…RRC stream monitoring program….
    RRC Stream Monitoring Program:
    (1) Initiated in 2003
    (2) Part of state wide water quality monitoring program called – Water Action Volunteers.
    This program is coordinated through a partnership between the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and the University of Wisconsin – Cooperative Extension. The WAV program has established monitoring protocols that have been tested and provide detailed instructions to promote ease of use and accuracy of data. WAV program also provides the database which volunteers submit their data.
    (3) Also partner with local county land and water conservation specialist as well as local water resource organizations.
  • Powered by volunteers
  • 12 2013 rock river basin coalition city of fitchburg presentation

    1. 1. “Our mission is to educate and provide opportunities for people of diverse interests to work together to improve the environmental, recreational, cultural, and economic resources of the Rock River Basin.” Nancy Sheehan, Volunteer Stream Monitoring Coordinator Rock River Coalition
    2. 2. WHERE IS THE ROCK RIVER BASIN? Covers ~ 11 counties Home to 900,000  2,325 stream miles  150 lakes and storm water pounds
    3. 3. WHAT DOES THE ROCK RIVER COALITION DO? Citizen Stream Monitoring Program Citizen Wetland Monitoring Program Wisconsin Shoreland Restoration Initiative Events – Send Your Legislator Down the River Partnering with Local Resource Organization
    4. 4. HOW HEALTHY ARE THE WATERS? 62 water bodies do not meet federal standards for phosphorus and total suspended solids
    5. 5. YAHARA RIVER WATERSHED ?? water bodies do not meet federal standards for phosphorus and total suspended solids
    6. 6. WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR IMPROVING WATER QUALITY?
    7. 7. A New Compliance Option-“Adaptive Management” Yahara WINs A watershed-based, collaborative approach to meeting in-stream phosphorus standards
    8. 8. AND HOW DO WE KNOW IF WE ARE SUCCEEDING? By Monitoring  4 USGS stations  MMSD Regular Nutrient Sampling  Edge of Field Monitoring  UW Student-Led Monitoring  WDNR  Citizen Water Quality Monitoring
    9. 9. CITIZEN STREAM MONITOIRNG PROGRAM  10 years+  Grounded in science  Rooted in partnership
    10. 10. WATER ACTION VOLUNTEERS PROGRAM …79 volunteer monitored sites within the Rock River Basin …Over 200 volunteer monitored sites state-wide Level 3 Special Research Studies: E coli, crayfish, phosphorus, road salt LEVEL 2 continuous temperature, dissolved oxygen, transparency LEVEL 1 temperature, dissolved oxygen, transparency, Biotic Index, Flow, Habitat
    11. 11. POWERED BY VOLUNTEERS
    12. 12. Rock River Coalition – Yahara WINs: 2013 Volunteer Stream Monitoring Project 23 new WQ monitoring sites
    13. 13. 7 New Sites Nutrient Sampling (Level 3) Volunteers collected water samples once a month from May to October Samples were analyzed by Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District total phosphorus, total suspended solids ortho-phosphorus ammonia nitrate nitrite
    14. 14. 6 New Sites Status and trends (Level 2) Volunteers monitored once a month from May to October Continous temperature disssolved oxygen transparency
    15. 15. 10 New Sites Baseline Volunteers monitored once a month from May to October temperature dissolved oxygen transparency Biotic Index flow
    16. 16. What happens in 2014 Depends On You…

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