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1 What’s changed and what hasn’t Pat Oldenburg Water Resources Engineer Wisconsin Dept. Natural Resources

2 Phosphorus Criteria Refresher  Contained in s. NR WI Admin. Code  Rivers and Streams Named rivers – 100 g/L  Wisconsin River downstream of Rhinelander  Lemonweir River downstream of New Lisbon  Baraboo River downstream of La Valle Other rivers in this study - 75 g/L  Lakes and Reservoirs Natural lakes – 15 to 40 g/L (none in this study) Reservoirs  Stratified Reservoirs - 30 g/L  Big Eau Pleine  Mixed Reservoirs - 40 g/L  Lake Dubay, Petenwell, and Castle Rock

3 Wisconsin River Tributaries: May-Oct Medians ( )

4 Wisconsin River Tributaries: Preliminary Loads

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6 Wisconsin River Tributaries: Preliminary Loads: Big Eau Pleine

7 Wisconsin River Mainstem: May-Oct Medians( )

8 Wisconsin River Mainstem: Preliminary Loads

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10 Wisconsin River Mainstem: Preliminary Loads: Nekoosa

11 Longer Term Comparisons SWTPDFANCHF NLF NLF NCHF DFA SWTP No trend

12 Longer Term Comparisons

13 Big Eau Pleine Reservoir Data

14 Lake Dubay Data

15 Petenwell Lake Data

16 Castle Rock Lake Data

17 Lake Wisconsin Lake Data

18 Conclusions Wisconsin River phosphorus concentrations generally increase north to south  Big Eau Pleine, Petenwell and Castle Rock appear to act as net sinks for phosphorus  Lake Dubay and Lake Wisconsin less clear Western tributaries exhibit much higher phosphorus concentrations and unit area loads than eastern tributaries Flowages generally exhibit poor water quality (Chlorophyll > 25 µg/L)  Algae blooms are variable and heterogeneous


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