Rock River Recovery - June Newsletter


Monthly TMDL Implementation Update



Hello June, it feels like a year since we've last seen you...
Those who have long enjoyed such privileges as we enjoy, forget in time that men have died to win them. - Franklin Roosevelt


All the water there will ever be, is. — (National Geographic)


Grilling Season is Here!

Jeff Sindelar, UW- Extension meats specialist, provides tips and tricks to ultimate grilling!



June 7: Discovery Farms Water Quality Tour - Cashton

June 9:  Yahara Lakes 101 - Manure Management and Water Quality

June 14: Discovery Farms Water Quality Tour - Green Bay

June 14:  Cover Crops for Water Quality and Cash

June 17:  Healthy Lakes Conference

June 21: Discovery Farms Water Quality Tour - Oconomowoc

July 16: Oconomowoc River Paddling & Monarchs 

July 30:  Isthmus Paddle and Portage

July 30:  Loop the Lake

July 30:  9th Annual Clean Lakes Festival



BEACH Conditions

Clean Lakes Alliance

Clean Water Association

DATCP Land and Water Conservation

Delavan Lake Improvement Association

Kettle Moraine Land Trust

Lake Sinnissippi Improvement District


Midwest Cover Crops Council

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

UW Water Sustainability and Climate - Yahara

Watershed Planning

Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation

Wisconsin Farmers Union

Wisconsin Land & Water

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





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Gov Delivery
Mendota Park Beach


Mendota County Park Beach - New and Improved

Today, Dane County Executive Joe Parisi celebrated the grand opening of the  improved beach and lake at the Mendota County Park in time for Memorial Day weekend. They highlighted the new pilot “Clean Beach Corridor” which sets up a protected, clean pool of water within a lake.

 “Dane County is leading the charge to clean up our lakes and invests millions every year towards this important effort,” said Dane County Executive Joe Parisi. “There is no quick fix or overnight solution, cleaning up our lakes will take decades. In the meantime, projects like the Clean Beach Corridor will help allow families to enjoy our beautiful lakes.”

Filtration System

A barrier is established in the lake adjacent to a beach while a treatment system (pictured at right) treats and circulates the water within that corridor, reducing the muck and bacteria that results in beach closures when the weather warms in summer. The project cost was $80,000.  Continue reading...


Weekend Lake Report

A big THANK YOU to the Clean Lakes Alliance for providing this Memorial Day Weekend Lake and Beaches Report.

Visit for to-the-minute lake conditions.

Sector Team Updates


Manure Injection


Sector Team

A working meeting was held with counties in April to develop NPS pollutant reduction goals and supporting materials for TMDL Implementation (minutes).  The group also discussed how to restructure/realign the team as the TMDL has shifted from development and fully into implementation.  A full team meeting will be held in July to finalize NPS targets and set a course and strategy for moving forward.  Topics will include:

  • NPS strategy
  • Membership
  • Meeting frequency
  • Aligning NPS reductions targets with TMDL goals

Contact Mike Gilbertson for more information.

2016 Corn Season

Are you curious about agriculture and what influence the success of a crop?  Listen to this brief explanation by Joe Lauer, Extension Corn Agronomist, UW-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences  

Webinar:  'Managing Cover Crops for Water Quality and Cash Crop Success'

Register Here:  Tuesday, June 14, 9 am CT

Cover crops are not a one size fits all or fixes all, but they can accomplish many goals if successfully managed. There are many species, mixes and characteristics to be considered when making your selections. Learn what different varieties of cover crops can do to help achieve your clients' goals and how to manage those choices.

Dissolved Oxygen - Rock River at Beloit


Testing the Waters

"Testing the Waters" wrapped up on Wednesday in Beloit with a final public outreach and educational forum, followed by the annual meeting of the Rock River Coalition.

Paddlers Testing the Waters
Paddlers taking a break on the Rock River in Watertown.


The Paddlers completed nearly 140 mile paddling over 11 days, real-time water quality monitoring, educational, and community engagement journey down the amazing Rock River.  We met TONS of wonderful people, hosted numerous educational forums, conducted school-age interactive water quality and recreation events at numerous cities along the way, and wrapped up right between TWO massive storm cells in Beloit Wisconsin....  What started as a twisty, spunky, meandering creek...flowed through the amazing Horicon Marsh, numerous flowages, over dams, farm country, small villages, large cities, and ultimately became a VERY large river....with white-caps rolling through Beloit!  Do you have a river you love, a creek you want to build support for, or water quality challenges that deserve more attention?  You might want to consider something like this!  Check out the website for more info!



Are you a fan of frogs?  If so, be sure to check out the April Issue of WDNR Wisconsin Natural Resources Magazine.  It FEATURES an article on frogs.



Water Quality Tours

In partnership with the Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin, join us on one of three water quality tours around Wisconsin. Stops on each tour will include a farm, business, and wastewater treatment plant.  Anyone  interested in learning more about innovative and collaborative water quality partnerships is welcome! See more event details here.

Each tour is from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm. Lunch and transportation are included in the $30 registration fee. Space is limited so register today! To register visit or call 800.947.7379


Healthy Lakes Conference

Come join the celebration of Lake Country at the Oconomowoc Community Center on Friday June 17.  This community event provides opportunities to meet neighbors, learn, explore and enjoy the lakes in our region with;

  • Educational forums
  • Farm tour
  • Boat tours
  • Free kayak and paddleboard lessons
  • Food and beverages,
  • Music,
  • and MORE!

To learn more, check out;

Storm Pond


New Guidance

The MS4/Stormwater team has developed new technical guidance on how to address internally drained areas when conducting stormwater engineering designs and analyses within TMDL watersheds/basins.

Addendum B:  Internally Drained Areas

MS4 Modeling Resources

Stormwater Resources


Industrial Stormwater General Permits

Scrap Recycling and Auto Parts Dismantling Industrial Storm Water General Permits (GPs) were reissued with an effective date of June 1, 2016.  DNR is still working through public comments on the Industrial Tier 1, Tier 2 and Non-Metallic Mining GPs.  Status updates will be made at:



Shelly Warwick, WDNR, recently provided a webinar for wetlands policy updates and reviews, followed by questions and answers session.  You can watch the recorded session:

Wetlands Policy Updates for External Customers



Multi-Discharger Variance

Review of the Multi-Discharger Variance, MDV for short (often misquoted as the "state-wide" phosphorus variance") by US EPA is anticipated to be wrapping up, with notification of results back to WDNR in early June.  While preliminary indications seem to suggest US EPA may accept the MDV as a WPDES permit compliance option, this has not yet officially been declared.  Visit the MDV website for the most current information;

Statewide Phosphorus Multi-discharger Variance

MDV Fact Sheet