Rock River Recovery - October Newsletter


Monthly TMDL Implementation Update



Listen! The wind is rising, and the air is wild with leaves. We've had our summer evenings, now for October eves!


"The river delights to lift us free, if only we dare to let go. Our true work is the voyage, living the adventure.", Richard Bach

Hot Topic


The Rock River Coalition and the Environmental Law Institute are offering the following free webinar as part of their "Wetlands, Wildlife Habitat and Flood Hazards in the Rock River Basin"

Model Wetland Ordinances

Thursday, Oct 29, 3-4:30 pm, Kyle Magyera, Policy Specialist with Wisconsin Wetland Association, will speak on Model Wetland Ordinances.

Register once and be notified of all shows.  For questions about the series, please contact Beth Gehred, 920-728-3170.



Oct 8, Thu:  Yahara Lakes 101 - "Saving Our Urban Stormwater: The Role of Stormwater Management"

Oct 14, 15:  Winter Road and Parking Lot Maintenance

Oct 28 - Producer Solutions for NPS TMDL Implementation

Oct 29, Thu: Model Wetlands Ordinances Webinar


Resource Directory

BEACH Conditions

Clean Lakes Alliance

Clean Water Association

Delavan Lake Improvement Association

Kettle Moraine Land Trust

Lake Sinnissippi Improvement District


Partnership for Ag Resource Management

Rock Koshkonong Lake District

Rock Lake Improvement Association

Rock River Coalition

Rock River Stormwater Group

Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission

Tall Pines Conservancy

UW Discovery Farms

UW Extension

Watershed Planning

Yahara Pride Farms

Yahara WINS

Contact us to have your organization listed here.

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Rock River Recovery


Impaired Waters

Water Quality Trading

Adaptive Management

Phosphorus Rule



Project Manager 

Ag Nonpoint






Manure Injection
Manure injection combined with no-till is an example of producer solutions for reducing NPS pollution. However, such technologies can be expensive and challenging to adopt.


Producer Solutions for NPS TMDL Implementation

We are pleased to announce the agenda for the Rock River Recovery Quarterly Networking Forum in October.  We'd like to extend our gratitude to partners from our counties, UW Extension, Yahara Pride Farms, and the Partnership for Ag Resoruce Management for participating!  The focus of the forum will be on Producer/Farm solutions for Nonpoint Source TMDL Implementation and include speakers from the Farmer/Producer and Agriculture Industry.  Click here to download an agenda

Space is limited so please RSVP NOW to reserve a spot!  We hope to see you there!


Sector Team Updates

Manure Injection

Ag Nonpoint Source

The Ag Sector Team has been developing the county template and coordinating NPS implementation approaches with US EPA. This includes criteria for nine key element planning and developing approaches that allow counties to take advantage of previous and existing practices while tracking progress towards implementation.  DNR staff are meeting with each of the 10 counties in the basin during October to get feedback and finalize the template. 

Nutrient Management Planning

DATCP has complied this directory of Nutrient Management Planning resources and tools

UW Integrated Pest and Crop Management has numerous tools to facilitate nutrient management planning.

Dodge County Land Conservation and UW-Extension will again be offering workshops for farmers to learn the basics of nutrient management planning in early 2016.



Joint Solicitation for Groundwater Research and Monitoring for Wisconsin Fiscal Year 2017

We are pleased to announce the State of Wisconsin Joint Solicitation for Groundwater Research and Monitoring for Wisconsin Fiscal Year 2017. Complete instructions for proposal submission are now available on the WRI Joint Solicitation website. The goal of this solicitation is to identify and support scientific research that will answer key scientific questions and will advance our understanding and management of groundwater in Wisconsin.

You are invited to review the linked materials and decide if you wish to submit a proposal. The deadline for submittals is 4 p.m. CST Tuesday, November 3, 2015. Investigators are required to submit proposals using iPROPOSE, a Web-based proposal submission system that is now open for registration. Please visit the WRI Joint Solicitation website for more information.

Citizen Science Day Announced
Citizen Science Association and its partners, including the Federal Community of Practice on Crowdsourcing and Citizen Science, announced plans to organize a Citizen Science Day in 2016. 



We have exciting news to announce!  Joe Van Rossum has been named as UW-Extension’s Natural Resources Educator for the Rock River Basin. Joe will be working with stakeholders on the implementing the Rock River Recovery through community engagement and education. Joe has a Bachelors degree in water and wastewater management from UW-Stevens Point as well as a Masters degree in Environment and Resources from UW-Madison. 

Prior to taking on this new role Joe spent 11 years as UW-Extension’s Recycling Specialist as part of Solid & Hazardous Waste Education Center. As a state specialist Joe worked with businesses, local units of government and solid waste professionals to implement and improve recycling, composting and solid waste management programs. Prior to joining UW-Extension in 2004 Joe was the Recycling Manager for Brown County and as an Environmental Specialist with Fort Howard Corporation.

Stay tuned for planning of our next Education & Outreach Sector Team meeting.  In the interim, we hope to see you at the October Quarterly Forum where we will talk about upcoming outreach opportunities!

Stormwater Pond


Leaf Season Already?

Many people don't know that leaves are a real problem for our lakes. But leaves + rain + asphalt + storm sewers = major phosphorus overdose for our lakes.

30% of the phosphorus that enters the lakes comes from urban sources, and leaves are one of the greatest contributors. Rainwater running through decaying leaves in the street gutters creates a "tea bag effect" that leaches phosphorus out of the leaves and straight out to the lakes.

Check out Madison's Leave the Leaf initiative and WDNR Composting website for more info!

Winter Road Maintenance

Oh dang...summer is over already?  Does that mean winter road season is coming?  It sure does....and MAMSWaP has put together a couple workshops to help face challenges with winter road maintenance, including road salt.  This is becoming a VERY important issue as we are seeing chloride impairments in our waters.

Registration is now open for MAMSWaP’s Effective Winter Maintenance Workshops: Saving Time, Budget and Our Waters training.

- Roadway training for public workers on 10/14

- Parking lot, driveway and sidewalk training is geared toward private sector workers on 10/15.

If you have any new staff this winter or anyone who missed out on last year’s winter maintenance training, consider attending MAMSWaP’s training in Madison this year:



Adaptive Management

The first Adaptive Management Plan for the State has been conditionally approved, right here in the Rock River Basin.  The City of Oconomowoc will be moving forward with the project along with the City’s MS4. In addition, Madison Met and Yahara WINS are moving forward with developing their full scale Adaptive Management Plan. 


Exam applications for the November 4, 2015 exam day are now available on the following webpage:

Only certain exams are available due to the change in subclasses. Additional exams will be available come the May exam date.


The WWOA Annual Conference is October 6-9 at the Kalahari Resort.  Please visit the WWOA webpage for registration, agenda and abstracts.