Mill Creek Watershed
Mill Creek receives municipal stormwater runoff, municipal wastewater effluent, and runoff from farms before discharging into the Wisconsin River. Mill Creek is listed on the Clean Waters Act 2022 Restoration Waters list, which is described as an impaired water with a restoration plan in place, for low dissolved oxygen. Because of this, one of the goals of the Portage County Land and Water Resource Management (LWRM) Plan (PDF) focuses on the reduction of surface water pollution on Mill Creek.
The Friends of the Mill Creek Watershed, Inc. (FOMC), established in 2003, has worked throughout the years on stream improvement and public education projects. A physical inventory of Mill Creek from the headwaters to the mouth was completed in 2005, including collecting field data and photos at cross sections, as well as photos and notes of other notable features.
Producer-Led Watershed Groups
The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection (DATCP) provides funding to producer-led groups that focus on nonpoint source pollution abatement activities through the Producer-Led Watershed Protection Grant Program (PLWPG). Grants provide support to groups to deliver cost-share programs, on-farm demonstration and research projects, and education and outreach efforts on conservation systems and innovative practices that improve water quality to farmers and other community members within their local watersheds. Three producer-led watershed groups are located within Portage County.
Farmers of Mill Creek Watershed Council (FMCWC)
Farmers for Tomorrow Watershed Council
Central Wisconsin Farmers' Collaborative (CWFC)
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