Bad River Watershed Association

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Site Selection

Two sets of criteria are used to judge which sites become prioritized

One measures stream habitat, the other measures the road-stream crossing condition.

Culverts are prioritized according to the quality and quantity of habitat that their remediation can provide.  Other factors that determine which sites are selected include the condition of the pipe, erosion around the pipe, sedimentation and flooding or road wash out.  Generally the culverts that have the most priority in replacement are those that are closest to Lake Superior and house a migratory fish population.

Another consideration that plays a key role is how much stream the replacement opens up.  If a culvert is the only culvert on a 2 mile stretch and is an inadequate fish passage, by replacing it you open up 2 more miles that had not been available previously.  However, if another culvert is just down the stream by a ¼ mile then it will not open up nearly as much water.

A few culverts are what is termed “first impassable barriers” meaning that is the first spot in the river that migrating fish cannot get past.  Culverts of this nature also receive priority because any culvert beyond this culvert will not benefit fish migration without first replacing the “first impassable barrier”.

Site selection is a process that is carried out to efficiently utilize resources In the Bad River Watershed.  This means coordinating with local, county, state and even federal agencies to see that BRWA dollars are spent on culverts that would not have already been fixed by one of these agencies.  After a list of priority sites is assembled by the BRWA, stakeholders decide annually which sites will be funded for remediation.  The same basic sets of criteria are used in these decisions.  Although certain grants such as the USFWS coastal program can only be allocated towards opening or improving sites that connect directly with Lake Superior. Certain sites may also be priorities on the agendas of other agencies.

 

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Threats To Water Poll

Please rank the questions below based on what you believe is the greater threat to water quality in the region. (5 being the highest, 1 being the lowest - use the "+" selector to vote. 5 votes for highest rank, 4 votes for second highest, etc.)

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Large-scale agriculture
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Failing septic/waste treatment systems
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Mining
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Stream sedimentation, washouts and erosion
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Forest management practices
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BRWAs Priorities Poll

Please rank the questions below based on how you believe BRWA should prioritize emerging water quality issues in the region. (5 being the highest, 1 being the lowest - use the "+" selector to vote. 5 votes for highest rank, 4 votes for second highest, etc.)

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Establish baseline water quality conditions
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Outreach and education
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Restore problem erosional areas
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Work with local authorities to address water quality issues
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Protective waterway designations
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