VULNERABILITY OF AGRICULTURAL LANDS TO EROSION IN THE UPPER COUDERAY RIVER WATERSHED
In 2016 COLA commissioned the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point to conduct an erosion study of the Upper Couderay River Watershed. The erosion study was designed to assist Sawyer County in the identification of “priority farms” in the county that may benefit from implementation of erosion control best management practices that would conserve valuable topsoil and prevent soil sediment and phosphorus from entering area lakes.
As a result of this cooperative effort, COLA received the “Outstanding Partner Award” from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point GIS (geographic information system) Center.
The erosion study, now completed, contains the modeling and mapping necessary to help both farmers and lake associations in the 125-square mile Upper Couderay River Watershed—all of which eventually flows into LCO—identify and better manage farm parcels most vulnerable to erosion.
Results are summarized by UWSP GIS Education Specialist, Douglas Miskowiak, in this presentation.
The final report is available here.
Sawyer County Land & Water Management Plan 2017-2026
The first Sawyer County Land and Water Resource Management Plan was completed in March 1999 and has been the basis for a revised plan in 2003, 2009 and 2016. The planning work groups consisted of technical staff representing state and federal agencies, as well as individuals representing agriculture, forestry, tribal and local governments. COLA was an essential contributor as noted several times in the current plan (more).
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