How Citizen Data Can Affect Local Decision-Making
Valley Stewardship Network is working to utilize the help of local Water Action Volunteers and Wisconsin Master Naturalists in an organized effort to collect data from over 25 sub-watersheds within the Kickapoo River watershed. This multi-year effort is designed to categorize these sub-watersheds based upon their water quality attributes and other factors, such as land-cover, in order to guide future conservation planning. Learn how this work will help to quantify the success of a recently announced Mississippi River Basin Healthy Watersheds Initiative that is bringing $5.3 million in Environmental Quality Incentives Program cost-share funding from the Natural Resources Conservation Service. This funding is to be used for on-farm conservation practices designed to improve water quality in ten sub-watersheds in the Kickapoo River watershed.
John Delaney, Agroecologist & Water Quality Program Manager, Valley Stewardship Network
Shelly Brenneman, Executive Director, Valley Stewardship Network
County Conservation Panel
Our panel will discuss how and why citizen monitoring data is used in their counties, the implications of this data for future management decisions, creation of “lake report cards”, programming, and how funding will be distributed to areas of need.
Jayne Jenks, Waukesha County Department of Parks and Land Use
Chase Cummings, County Conservationist, Pepin County
Catherine Higley, Invasive Species Coordinator, Vilas County Land and Water Conservation Department