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1 Baraboo River Watershed RCPP Melissa Keenan, Resource Conservationist Sauk County Conservation, Planning, and Zoning Department

2 Baraboo River Watershed RCPP  Partnerships  Columbia County Land & Water Conservation Department  Vernon County Land & Water Conservation Department  Monroe County Land Conservation Department  Juneau County Land Conservation Department  Richland County Land Conservation Department  University of Wisconsin Extension  Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources  Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade & Consumer Protection  Wisconsin Land and Water Conservation Association, Inc.  Madison Area Technical College – Farm Business Program  Lake Redstone Protection District  Lake Wisconsin Alliance  River Alliance of Wisconsin  Aldo Leopold Foundation  The Nature Conservancy  Trout Unlimited

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4 Baraboo River Watershed RCPP  Land use varies throughout the watershed  Diverse Agriculture  Cold & Warm Water Fisheries  Baraboo Range

5 Baraboo River Watershed RCPP  Primary Resource Concern  Water Quality Degradation  High Sediment and Phosphorus levels contributing to surface waters.  Baraboo River mean total phosphorus = mg/l (state standard = 0.1 mg/l)

6 Baraboo River Watershed RCPP  Secondary Resource Concern  Degraded Plant Condition  Absence of adequate, vegetative systems in areas susceptible to soil erosion.  Increased row cropping systems & decreased perennial vegetation

7 Baraboo River Watershed RCPP  Project Objectives  Preventing soil loss on cropland and pastures  Reducing agricultural runoff to surface and ground water  Improving aquatic and wildlife habitat

8 Baraboo River Watershed RCPP  Identifying Priority Farms  Erosion Vulnerability Analysis for Agricultural Lands (EVAAL)  Identifies areas within a watershed which may be vulnerable to soil erosion  Assesses risk for sheet and rill erosion using USLE and gully erosion using the Stream Power Index (SPI) while de-prioritizing internally drained areas (IDA)  Produces an erosion vulnerability index value which can be used to prioritize fields within the watershed

9 Baraboo River Watershed RCPP Image: dnr.wi.gov/topic/nonpoint/evaal.html

10 Baraboo River Watershed RCPP

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12  Goals on Priority Farms  Soil loss will be addressed on 50% of priority farms  All cropland and pastures will be planned at or below tolerable soil losses using RUSLE2  Agricultural runoff will be addressed on priority farms  Cropland and pastureland will meet 590 standard using SNAP Plus software.  Barnyards will be planned at or below acceptable Wisconsin Barnyard Runoff Model (BARNY) levels.

13 Baraboo River Watershed RCPP  Project Actions  Outreach & Education  Technical Assistance  Financial Assistance  Stream Monitoring

14 Baraboo River Watershed RCPP  Stream Monitoring  Total Phosphorus & Total Suspended Solids (TSS)  Baseline data collected at nine sites  Samples will be collected during final year of project (2019)  Additional sampling will occur throughout the project period  Fish, Macroinvertebrates, dissolved oxygen (DO)  Two cool water stretches on the main stem of the Baraboo River  Six cold water tributaries within the Baraboo River Watershed

15 Baraboo River Watershed RCPP

16  Measureable Outcomes  Preventing soil loss on cropland and pastures  Total Suspended Solids  RUSLE2, Direct Volume Method  Reducing agricultural runoff to surface and ground water  Total Phosphorus  BARNY, SNAP Plus  Improving aquatic and wildlife habitat  Dedicate 10% of funds for improving aquatic and wildlife habitat  Fish, Macroinvertebrate, DO sampling

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