Central Wisconsin Chapter of Trout Unlimited

Conserving, Protecting and Restoring Coldwater Fisheries

CWTU River Keepers

New water monitors training on the Waupaca River

Central Wisconsin Trout Unlimited has been actively involved in water monitoring since 2004. We are working in partnership with the WDNR's Water Action Volunteers. Currently, we are monitoring 25 sites on rivers and streams in central Wisconsin.

CWTU River Keepers are looking for volunteers who would like to join their Central Wisconsin River Keepers group. Volunteers do not have to be Trout Unlimited members to participate. River Keepers are advocates for area streams, they monitor their streams once a month, they are watchdogs for invasive species and environmental problems, and they are organized into small teams that are responsible for specific streams. The program has been in existence for ten years and it has been conducted with the support of the University of Wisconsin Extension and the Wisconsin DNR.

While water monitoring, River Keepers record water temperature, stream turbidity, the amount of flow, habitat quality, bug life, and the amount of dissolved oxygen. This data is posted on the Water Action Volunteers website (http://watermonitoring.uwex.edu/wav), which is available for public use. The experience in fun and rewarding.

To sign up to become a River Keeper and to attend the training session contact Bob Jozwowski (920-765-1887) or E-mail at [email protected]

Water Monitoring Recording sheets:  Need to run some off?  Go to:  http://watermonitoring.uwex.edu/wav/monitoring/sheets.html 

WAV Level 1 Monitoring Training on May 6, 2017

We have several new teams this year and have arranged Level 1 monitoring training on Saturday, May 6, from 10:00am to 3:30pm at Riverside Park in Waupaca.  Riverside Park is located on Hwy 54 east of downtown Waupaca.  Bring your waders and a bag lunch.  All other training materials will be provided.  If you want to joint our group, please register with Bob Joszwodski at [email protected]  The following is the agenda for this training program. 

10:00am     Welcome and Introductions

10:10am     Introduction to WAV

10:20am     Transparency

10:40am     Disolved Oxygen and Temperature

11:20am     Stream Flow

12:20pm     Lunch (Bring your own bag lunch)

12:45pm     Biotic Index

1:45pm       Habitat

                  Aquatic Invasive Species and Equipment Disinfection

2:45pm       Next Steps:

                     a. Monitoring Schedule

                     b. Monitoring Database/Data Submission

                     c. Site Selection



3:30pm        Adjourn

Jack Talin Named 2016 Riverkeeper of the Year

Jack Talin has been named 2016 Riverkeeper of the Year for his outstanding efforts and contributions to the continued pursuit of healthy Central Sands Region streams. Jack is the team leader that performs Level 2 monitoring of Wedde Creek, Mecan River, and just this May, started monitoring the South Branch of the Wedde at the request of the DNR. In addition to the Level 2 monitoring, Jack also participated in the Total Phosphorus program by taking samples at Murray Creek, Radley Creek, and added sampling of the Mecan River on Hwy 21 after some concern was reported about possible abnormal algae growth at the Mecan Springs. There seems to be no 'No' in Jack's vocabulary when it comes to protecting our water. Thanks Jack for a job well done!

Pictured is Jack Talin receiving his award from Bob Jozwowski at the Annual Riverkeepers Wrap Up meeting in November.

Invasive Species Training - June 11, 2016

The picture above is from the Invasive Species Training held June 11, 2016.

CWTU River Monitoring Teams for 2016

These are the streams that the CWTU Riverkeepers Monitored in 2015

Pine River (3 sites)

Upper Tomorrow River

Hartman Creek

Emmons Creek
White River
West Branch of White River (2 sites)

Willow Creek (2 sites)

Bird Creek
Kill Snake River

Tagatz Creek

Peterson Creek 

South Branch Little Wolf

Twin Creek in Marinette

Fordham Creek
Dankin Creek

Sucker Creek

Wedde Creek

Mecan River

Lawrence Creek

Apple Creek

Sawyer Creek

South Branch Manitowoc River

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