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
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
10:40am Disolved Oxygen and Temperature
11:20am Stream Flow
12:20pm Lunch (Bring your own bag lunch)
12:45pm Biotic Index
Aquatic Invasive Species and Equipment Disinfection
2:45pm Next Steps:
a. Monitoring Schedule
b. Monitoring Database/Data Submission
c. Site Selection
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.
These are the streams that the CWTU Riverkeepers Monitored in 2015
Pine River (3 sites)
Upper Tomorrow River
West Branch of White River (2 sites)
Willow Creek (2 sites)
Kill Snake River
South Branch Little Wolf
Twin Creek in Marinette
South Branch Manitowoc River