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Concurrent Session 9
60 minutes

April 7, 2017 ~ 3:00-4:00 pm

Agenda subject to change.

Citizens Minding Our Waters - Friday, 3:00-4:00 pm

Two Guys in Waders: Preserving the Ten Mile Creek

As Level 3 Water Action Volunteer monitors, we conduct monthly tests at 11 locations in the Ten Mile Creek watershed, which leads into the head waters of Lake Petenwell. All data collected is loaded into the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) database and is currently being used in the preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement. For the preservation of any watershed, we believe that it is essential for a program to require the involvement of local government, citizen volunteers, and DNR biologists. After four years, we have evolved from waterfront property owners to highly-trained, competent scientific data collectors. If we can do it.....we know that you can, too.
Rob Borski, Water Action Volunteer Citizen Monitor
Brian Hamm, Water Action Volunteer Citizen Monitor

Incorporating Monitoring into Your Association: Why or How an Established Organization gets Members Involved in Stream Monitoring

Recruiting volunteer stream monitors and matching them up with monitoring sites has been challenging. Sometimes a site is selected to match the desires and proximity of the volunteer without a strategic need for data at that particular site. In the Central Sands Region, target sites are selected in consultation with the Department of Natural Resources Streams Biologist, where data gathered will provide the best picture of watershed health. Teams are then recruited to monitor at these specific locations. A few of these examples will be presented.
Bob Jozwowski, Coordinator, Central Wisconsin Chapter of Trout Unlimited River Keepers

Mindful Connections: Rivers, Lakes, Groundwater and Watersheds - Friday, 3:00-4:00 pm

Using Citizen Lake Monitoring and Water Action Volunteer Programs as Tools for Watershed Planning

Citizen Lake Monitoring and Water Action Volunteers are two free programs that require only volunteer participation to gather important information that can be used in watershed planning. This presentation will focus on explaining the programs, engaging volunteers, and using the information in planning.
Reesa Evans, Lake Specialist, Adams County Land and Water Department

Long-term Water Quality Trends in Wisconsin Lakes

Has water quality in Wisconsin lakes changed over time? Water quality should improve with watershed management efforts, but could still degrade due to land development, intensive agriculture, and extreme precipitation. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) and citizen volunteers have collected water quality data from 1500 lakes for up to 34 years on a single lake. I tested for linear trends in phosphorus, nitrogen, alkalinity, calcium, magnesium, and color.
Katie Hein, Lakes Monitoring Technical Lead - Bureau of Water Quality, Wisconsin DNR

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