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.
Water Monitoring Recording sheets: Need to run some off? Go to: http://watermonitoring.uwex.edu/wav/monitoring/sheets.html
The Annual Appreciation Dinner and Wrap Up Meeting for the 2017 Riverkeepers season will be held on Monday, November 13, 2017 at the Fin N Feather in Winneconne starting with a complimentary buffet dinner at 5:30pm. A one hour program will follow at 6:30 pm (upstairs). This event is open to all volunteers on a CWTU monitoring team. Bring your Hach or LaMontte dissolved oxygen kits for collection. They will be returned for the 2018 season with new chemicals. Personnel from the DNR and UW will be attending to tell us what's new and to answer any monitoring questions.
These are the streams that the CWTU Riverkeepers Monitored in 2015
Pine River (3 sites)
Upper Tomorrow River
West Branch of White River (6 sites)
Willow Creek (2 sites)
Kill Snake River
South Branch Little Wolf
Twin Creek in Marinette
South Branch Manitowoc River
North Branch of the Little Wolf River
Spring Creek in Billion
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.