Rock River Recovery - November


Monthly TMDL Implementation Update



"Sometimes we don't appreciate the moment until it becomes a memory."


“May what I do flow from me like a river, no forcing and no holding back, the way it is with children.” ― Rainer Maria Rilke


Nov 3:  DATCP Producer-Led Watershed Grants Due

Nov 6:  Sustainable Strategies for Wisconsin Communities

Nov 8, 9:  UW Extension Pest Management Workshops

Nov 9: Yahara Lakes 101 -  Our Lakes at a Crossroads

Nov 18:  Rock River Ag Sector Team Meeting

Nov 30:  NASECA Stormwater & Construction Training

Dec 13:  Producer-Led Watershed Groups Workshop

Feb 2-4:  Clean Lakes Alliance Frozen Assets

Feb 7, 8:  Hold the date - Dodge County Soil Health Workshop & Farm Day

Feb 27:  Wisconsin Cover Crops Conference

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DNR Updated Guidance Documents

Leaf Management

The draft guidance "Interim Municipal Phosphorus Reduction Credit for Leaf Management Programs” is open for comment until November 20, 2017 on the Proposed DNR Program Guidance webpage

This has been developed to clarify the circumstances under which a municipal separate storm sewer system (MS4) permittee in a watershed with an approved total maximum daily load (TMDL) for phosphorus may take numeric credit for reducing phosphorus discharge in urban storm water through fall leaf collection in Medium Density Residential land use areas

Compost for Storm Water Management

The final "Compost for Storm Water Management S100" standard and response to comments is now available on the Proposed DNR program guidance webpage.

The "Compost for Storm Water Management S100" standard was revised to more closely match s. NR 502.12(16), Wis. Adm. Code, to provide certification, and to brought statewide availability for compost for storm water management.

Ditch Check – Technical Standard 1062

Draft guidance concerning storm water is now available for review and comment on the Proposed DNR Program Guidance webpage. "Ditch Check – Technical Standard 1062” is open for comment until November 13, 2017.

Construction Site Soil Loss

The final revised "Construction Site Soil Loss and Sediment Discharge Calculation Guidance" and associated “Soil and Sediment Discharge Calculations Tool,” “Site Evaluation for Storm Water Infiltration Technical Standard 1002,” and responses to comments are now available on the Proposed DNR program guidance webpage.

NOTE: The revised guidance and tool are expected to be used in all permit submittals by January 1, 2018. Please update your downloaded guidance document (rev. September 2017) and spreadsheet tool (WDNR Version 2.0 rev. 06-29-2017) as soon as possible. These final documents can also be found on the DNR’s storm water publications and guidance webpage.

Stormwater Infiltration

The “Evaluation for Storm Water Infiltration - Technical Standard 1002” has been updated. The technical standard can be found on the DNR’s storm water post-construction technical standards webpage

Sector Team Updates


Manure Injection


Ag Sector Team

UPDATE:  The agenda has been updated to provide more time for counties to work with UW Extension.

The Rock River Ag Sector Team is meeting Wednesday November 8 to follow up on tasks identified in our July meeting.  See below for meeting details.  Please note the change in location to the Jefferson County courthouse.

Walworth County: Weeks Farm Partners Increase Yields and Soil Health With the use of Cover Crops 

Chuck Weeks, of Weeks Farm Partners, has a farm located on the border between Wis. and Ill. in Sharon, Wis. Weeks Farm Partners practice no-till and strip-till, growing corn and soybeans. Weeks is also a strong advocate for soil health and using cover crops, with roughly 600 acres in cover crop during winter 2017. Read more to find out how NRCS provided soil health practice assistance.  Read more (1 MB pdf)



Citizen Monitoring

WDNR encourages our citizens to be engaged and participate in monitoring of water quality for our lakes, streams, and rivers.  Do you have a creek in your backyard?  A favorite lake nearby?  A wetland at your school?  All of these provide opportunities for citizens to learn about our aquatic ecosystems and help meet our water quality goals for the state.  Check out the following resources for more information.

Water Action Volunteers - Stream Monitoring

The Water Action Volunteers Stream Monitoring Program (WAV) incorporates three levels of participation for citizen scientists who are interested in monitoring local streams: Introductory (Level 1), Status and Trends (Level 2), and Special Projects Monitoring (Level 3). A primary objective of introductory monitoring is to increase public understanding of watersheds and how human uses of the land impact stream quality, while building a baseline of basic water quality information. Data collected help to identify acute issues in wadeable streams. Since everyone initiates participation at this level, volunteers are able to gauge interest in becoming more involved, and trust is able to be built with DNR staff who commonly partner with volunteers at other levels.

Citizen Lake Monitoring Network

The Citizen Lake Monitoring Network, the core of the Wisconsin Lakes Partnership, creates a bond between over 1000 citizen volunteers statewide and the Wisconsin DNR. The goals are to collect high quality trophic status data, to complete water quality assessments on lakes, to educate and empower volunteers, and to share this data and knowledge.

Rock River Coalition

The Rock River Coalition is a citizen-based non-governmental organization who's mission is to educate and provide opportunities for people of diverse interests to work together to improve environmental, recreational, cultural and economic resources of the Rock River Basin.  There are many volunteer opportunities for people of all ages and skill levels. In particular, we need volunteers for our Citizen Steam Monitoring project where we train and support community members in sampling water quality in their local stream.

Key contacts

Citizen Stream Monitoring Coordinator

General volunteer inquiries



Yahara Lakes 101:  Our Lakes at a Crossroads

About the talk

James Tye, Clean Lakes Alliance Executive Director, will be presenting an overview of our lakes at a crossroads: where are are, what problems we’re facing, and where we’re headed. James will speak about how Madison IS our lakes, how Clean Lakes Alliance is igniting community engagement, and how we need a paradigm shift to reach our clean lakes goals.


Fundraiser – Saturday, February 3rd, 2018

Frozen Assets is a fundraising party like none other, with each year bringing a new winter theme, stunning décor, and delectable cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Tickets will go on sale to the public on Wednesday, November 1st. Visit the fundraiser ticket page.

Storm Pond


Municipal Storm Water Permit eReporting - Coming Soon!

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is in the process of developing an electronic reporting tool (“eReporting”) for the Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Permit Annual Reporting requirement and other compliance documents. Coming December 2017, all permitted municipalities submitting MS4 permit documents, including the Annual Report, will have access to the online system.

The eReporting system is being developed to:

  • Allow for online submittal of MS4 annual reports, forms, and other documents directly to the DNR
  • Provide electronic storage of MS4 submittals
  • Support DNR’s efforts to meet EPA’s electronic reporting requirement 

Internal testing will begin soon, and external testing is planned for November.

Please watch for more GovDelivery notifications and the MS4 eReporting webpage for additional information and resources.

Sustainable Strategies Webinar Series: Webinars for Wisconsin’s Municipal Professionals

The Sustainable Strategies Webinar Series is a free monthly webinar series for Municipal professionals. Join us every third Thursday from 12pm-1pm for presentations on timely sustainability topics. The Sustainable Strategies Webinar Series is produced by the Wisconsin Green Tier Legacy Communities and the Wisconsin Counties Association. Support is provided by UW-Extension's Regional Natural Resources Education Program and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

Construction Site Erosion Control and Stormwater Permit Compliance Training

Offered since 2010, this is currently the only erosion control course offered in Wisconsin that provides WISCONSIN-BASED rules and regulations education to Engineers, Site Managers, Site Superintendents, Contractor Superintendents and Foremen, BMP Installers and Inspectors.

Nov. 30-Dec. 1, 2017, 8:00 am-4:30 pm 

Metropolitan Builders Association

N16w23321 Stone Ridge Dr.

Waukesha, WI 53188



Permit Compliance Options and Sector Team Activities

Many communities and counties have questions about Water Quality Trading (WQT), Adaptive Management (AM), and the Multi-Discharge Variance (MDV).

Our staff are happy to participate in community meetings to further explore options and facilitate partnership opportunities.  We recently met with numerous partners in Dodge County to discuss WQT, AM and the MDV and partnering with counties and farmers to develop watershed projects to reduce Phosphorus loading.  Contact your local compliance staff if you would like to organize a community meeting in your area.