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Lower Fox RiverWatershed Monitoring Program

Wequiock Creek Team

Wequiock Creek Watershed.

The Wequiock Creek Team is made up of students from UW--Green Bay and volunteers from the Town of Scott.

Students from Dr. Amy Wolf’s Principles of Ecology class at UW-Green Bay, and volunteers from the Town of Scott, began monitoring Wequiock Creek in summer 2015 thanks in part to funding from the Wisconsin Coastal Management Program.  Like virtually all suburban/agricultural watersheds draining into Green Bay, the Wequiock Creek watershed in northeastern Brown County has experienced extensive habitat degradation, excessive nutrient loading and sedimentation, and altered stream flow.  Addressing these issues is a significant but not impossible challenge in watersheds like Wequiock Creek, which lies mainly within a single local political unit. This exciting collaboration between the Town of Scott, the University of Wisconsin Green Bay (UWGB), and University of Wisconsin Extension aims to engage local leaders, landowners, and students in improving water quality and coastal habitats in the Wequiock Creek corridor. We are always looking for additional volunteers and we welcome any questions, comments or ideas you may have about this effort.

Wequiock Creek flows from the east and southeast through suburban, wooded and agricultural areas, then over the Niagara Escarpment, to form Wequiock Falls.  Below the falls, the creek flows through additional wooded and farmed areas, and finally through an estuarine wetland at Point au Sable before emptying into the eastern lower Green Bay.

Why monitor Wequiock Creek?

Although it is a relatively small watershed, Wequiock Creek contributes significantly to nutrient and sediment loading in the Lower Fox River-Green Bay Area of Concern (AOC),  and it is representative of many other smaller watersheds that connect to the Great Lakes coastal zone and larger Great Lakes river systems. Wequiock Creek exhibits symptoms of undesirable nutrient loading, sediment run-off, and erosive storm surges that derive from a variety of sources. However, little information is available about seasonal trends in stream flow, watershed response to precipitation events, spatial variation in nonpoint source pollution, and other characteristics of the stream that are relevant to water quality improvements.

Partners

Stream Data

Land Cover

  • WISCLAND-2 Land Cover MAP (pdf, png)
  • Land cover based on Level 2 Wiscland-2 classification (also, spreadsheet of Levels 2, 3, 4)
     

    Wequiock

    Mahon

    EastShore

    Level 2 Classification (30.4 km2) (6.9 km2) (10.1 km2)
    Developed, High Intensity 0.98% 2.83% 3.55%
    Developed, Low Intensity 7.07% 30.63% 39.78%
    Crop Rotation 60.46% 30.45% 28.82%
    Forage Grassland 9.83% 7.57% 13.08%
    Idle Grassland 1.10% 3.59% 2.12%
    Coniferous Forest 0.43% 0.13% 0.42%
    Broad-leaved Deciduous Forest 4.14% 8.64% 9.86%
    Open Water 0.06% 1.06% 0.96%
    Floating Aquatic Herbaceous Vegetation 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
    Emergent/Wet Meadow 3.77% 2.88% 0.00%
    Lowland Scrub/ Shrub 0.05% 0.00% 0.00%
    Forested Wetland 12.00% 12.23% 1.40%
    Barren 0.12% 0.00% 0.00%

Soils and Slope

  • Soil Hydrologic Group and Permeability Map (pdf, png); Soil Slope in % Map (pdf, png)

Funding

The Wequiock team is funded by a grant from the Wisconsin Coastal Management Program.