Rock River Recovery - November Edition


Monthly TMDL Implementation Update



I have come to regard November as the older, harder October. I appreciate the early darkness and cooler temperatures. It puts my mind in a different place than October. It is a month for a quieter, slightly more subdued celebration of summer's death as winter tightens its grip. - Henry Rollins


"If man fails to honor the rivers, he shall not gain the life from them." - unknown.

Daylight Savings
DAYLIGHT SAVINGS - when we get back the hour that was taken in March.

Remember to set your clock back one hour for Daylight Savings on Sunday Nov 1, at 2am.



Nov 3:  Clean Water Act and 2016 Impaired Waters public webinar

Nov 6, 9, 14:  Madison Met Sewerage District Cool Choices Tours

Nov 9-19:  UW Extension Pest Management Update Meetings

Nov 12:  Clean Lakes Alliance - "“ All Eyes on Lake Water Quality"

Nov 12: Floodplain Acquisition Programs: Improving Community Resilience and Achieving Habitat Benefits

Nov 16:  Rock River Education & Outreach Networking Team Meeting

Dec 1-10 - UW Extension  Soil, Water, and Nutrient Management Update Meetings

Dec 9:  WI DNR Public Hearing for Multi-Discharger Phosphorous Variance

Dec 15:  UW Discovery Farms 4th Annual Conference

May15-19, 2016:  Paddle and Probe:  Testing the Waters


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

Wisconsin Land & Water

Yahara Pride Farms

Yahara WINS

Contact us to have your organization listed here.

DNR Logo


Rock River Recovery


Impaired Waters

Water Quality Trading

Adaptive Management

Phosphorus Rule



Project Manager 

Ag Nonpoint






Gov Delivery
Zebra Mussels
These zebra mussels were collected from rocks just off the Hasler Lab pier. Photo: Adam Hinterthuer


From UW-Madison Center for Limnology:

Zebra Mussels Found In Lake Mendota

Not a Typical Day on the Lake

Josie Kolbeck, a UW-Madison senior majoring in zoology and conservation biology, was part of the undergraduate lab group that made the find. She and several classmates had strapped on waders and were out in the cold, hip-deep water along the start of the Lakeshore Path, using D-shaped nets attached to long, wooden poles to catch aquatic insects living near the lake bottom. When Vince Butitta, the CFL graduate student leading the lab, came over to help, they stumbled over something in the water......Read the whole story


Ag Producer Solutions

October Forum

October Quarterly Networking Forum

We're happy to report a great turnout for our October Quarterly Networking Forum:  Farmer/Producer Solutions for NPS TMDL Implementation.  We'd especially like to thank our speakers for their participation and contributing to a dynamic and informative group discussion, Julia Olmstead (UW Extension), Jill Carlson (Partnership for Ag Resource Management), and Bob Uphoff (Yahara Pride Farms).  Copies of presentations are below:


Sector Team Updates

Manure Injection

Agriculture Nonpoint Source

Ag Sector Team

The Agriculture NPS Sector Team is wrapping up working meetings with counties to develop the "county template" for TMDL Implementation.  The template is designed to build off information required by ATCP 50 and contained with county Land and Water Management Plans.  The format of the template will allow counties to satisfy the US EPA 9 Key Elements for watershed planning.  This provides counties maximum eligibility for state and federal NPS grants.  DNR is working closely with ATCP, NRCS and US EPA to make sure County NPS efforts in TMDL Implementation are recognized and eligible for appropriate financial and technical support.

We will be planning an Ag Sector Team meeting to follow up the Ag Producers Quarterly Forum in Jefferson.  We hope to have input from all of our county partners to make sure our shared efforts meet your needs!  Stay tuned....

Pest Management Meetings

UW Extension, in partnership with UW Integrated Pest and Crop Management Program, is holding a series of Pest Management Meetings at various locations in Wisconsin, from Nov 9th - 19th.  Click HERE for more information.

Nutrient Management Meetings

UW Extension, in partnership with different counties, is holding a series of Soil, Water & Nutrient Management meetings at various locations in Wisconsin, from Dec 1-10.  Click HERE for more information.  Topics include importance of Potassium, Nitrogen management, tillage practices, and updates on soil testing and SNAP+.



Impaired Waters

Every two years, Section 303(d) of the Clean Water Act requires states to publish a list of all waters that are not meeting water quality standards. In the proposed 2016 list update, DNR proposes to add 209 new waters. A majority of the listing additions were waters that exceed total phosphorus criteria. A significant number of new listings were also based on poor biological condition. Ten waterbodies are proposed to be delisted.

The 2016 Draft Impaired Waters List is open for public comment.  A webinar presenting the list and discussing the Clean Water Act framework is scheduled for Nov. 3.


NOW is the time to start getting ready if you are interested or planning on applying for DNR Surface Water Grants.  New guidelines have been developed for the DNR Surface Water Grant program in 2016.  The first deadline - Lake Planning Grants, is December 10th!  Contact your local Grants Specialist for more information - we're here to help you!



Team Meeting

The Education & Outreach Networking Team is meeting Monday, Nov 16 from 1-3, at the DNR Southcentral HQ in Fitchburg.  While this is a working meeting, it is open to stakeholders.  Click here see the agenda.

Testing the Waters

Great progress is being made by the Rock River Coalition on planning the "Testing the Waters" event.  Follow the website for more information or contact Suzanne Wade to participate. 



Proposed MS4 TMDL Guidance

The public comment period for proposed MS4 TMDL Guidance is open.  The proposed guidance covers how to calculate MS4 percent reduction in a TMDL reach where a MS4 wasteload allocation was not previously assigned during the TMDL development period.  This is especially relevant for new MS4 communities.  Comments may be submitted via email.

Construction Site Erosion Control

NASECA-WI Construction Site Erosion Control and Stormwater Permit Compliance Training is taking place Nov 30 - Dec 1, 2015.  Follow THIS LINK for more information.



Statewide Multi-Discharger Phosphorous Variance

The WI Dept of Natural Resources is holding a Public Hearing on the proposed language with the statewide Multi-Discharger Phosphorus Variance on Dec 9, Wisconsin Dells.

Written comments also may be submitted by email or U.S. mail by Dec 16 2015:
Amanda Minks
DNR water resources management specialist
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Box 7921
Madison, WI 53707-7921

Adaptive Management and Water Quality Trading

Interest continues to grow among our WPDES community in using Adaptive Management or Water Quality Trading as permit compliance options.  DNR staff are happy to assist with this process.  For more information, contact your local AM/WQT Coordinator, Permit Drafter or Waste Water Engineer.