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
Central Wisconsin Trout Unlimited Riverkeepers has scheduled and all day training program for new stream monitoring volunteers on Saturday May 5, 2018 at the Ripon Public Library, 120 Jefferson Street, Ripon, WI 54971 from 9:00am to 3:30pm. This program will begin in the Nash room for introductions and overview and will continue on Spring Creek conveniently outside the building. Stream measurement parameters discussed will be temperature, dissolved oxygen, stream flow, transparency, biotic index (bugs) and habitat assessment. The program is geared toward new monitoring teams and new members for existing teams. If you would like to attend, email Bob Jozwowski at firstname.lastname@example.org or call and leave a message at 920-765-1887. Bring your waders or hip boots if you have them and a bag lunch.
5 NEW TEAMS SOUGHT FOR 2018
We are currently looking for some additional WAV Level 1 stream monitoring teams for 2018 to assist the DNR by providing data on new streams and/or sites in Western Waushara and Marquette Counties. The following stream locations are of interest:
Mecan River at County GG
Little Pine Creek at Czech Ct
Chaffee Creek at 11th Ln
Caves Creek at 5th Ave
Klawitter Creek at County J
If you would like to start a team at any one or more of these locations, contact Bob Jozwowski at 920-765-1887 or email@example.com. All monitoring equipment (except waders) will be provided and an on stream training program will be arranged.
DISSOLVED OXYGEN KIT RETURNS
Dissolved Oxygen Kits which were collected last November have been refurbished with new chemicals and will be ready for pickup on Tuesday April 10 at 5:00pm upstairs at the Fin N Feather Restaurant prior to the CWTU Board meeting. If you cannot make this pick up date, have one of your team members make the pickup or contact Bob Jozwowski at firstname.lastname@example.org or 920-765-1887 for alternate arrangements.
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
Eric Kropp Named 2017 Riverkeeper of the Year
Eric Kropp has been named the recipient of the 2017 Riverkeeper of the Year Award for his many contributions to the CWTU WAV stream monitoring program. Eric is not only the team leader for the monitoring of the White River near Wautoma, but is also a team member on the two Pine River sites. He also participated in the Total Phosphorus sampling program at Mud Creek. Eric has also assisted our team recruitment efforts at Trout Fest and Cabin Fever Days. Thank You, Eric. We are lucky to have you.
Pictured is Eric Kropp receiving his award from Bob Jozwowski at the Annual Riverkeepers Wrap Up meeting in November 2017.