Alliance and UW - Madison Release Study
on Dam Removal and Sediment Movement
- In partnership with scientists at the University
of Wisconsin-Madison, the River Alliance of
Wisconsin, a statewide river protection group
released a first-of-its kind study on sediment
movement resulting from small dam removal
in Wisconsin. The cutting edge research produced
a new modeling tool that can be used to help
minimize the adverse impacts of sediment on
rivers following the removal of a dam.
have known for several years that sediment
can be a problem following dam removal," stated
River Alliance of Wisconsin executive director
Todd Ambs. "Now, thanks to this research,
we will have better tools to predict how much
of a problem and work to reduce that impact
so that the benefits of dam removal can be
realized that much more quickly."
Wisconsin and throughout the nation, the selective
removal of old, unsafe and uneconomical dams
is considered to be one of the most effective
tools to restore rivers and eliminate the
economic burden of aging dams. What is less
understood is the fate and impact of sediments
stored behind dams once the structures are
removed. Sediment movement and relocation
following a dam removal may present challenges
to the downstream fisheries and aquatic habitat
if not managed properly.
River Alliance of Wisconsin recognized the
need to provide managers and dam owners with
tools to help determine whether sediments
will need to be carefully managed during a
dam removal. Partnering with world-class scientists
from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and
tapping into Wisconsin's extensive experience
with dam removals, the organization designed
a year-long study to survey historic sediment
movement and stabilization of sediments in
report summarizes the findings on sediment
movement across 16 small dam removals spanning
fifty years in the state of Wisconsin. The
study found that:
general, dam removal results in a 2- to
10-time increase in the amount of suspended
sediment that animals in the river normally
experience in a given year;
of the sediment in the former pond is
lost soon after the dam is removed, generally
within the first month to the first year.
Much of this sediment may mobilize during
the actual dam removal activities;
established quickly on sediments that
remained in place and may further stabilize
them during high river flows.
new method to determine sediment loss from
a dam removal:
research also resulted in the creation of
a method to predict how much sediment will
be mobilized following removal using basic
stream survey techniques. This tool will be
extremely useful for dam owners, dam managers
or resource agency staff setting management
practices during removal that will minimize
the harm to downstream fisheries due to temporary
high turbidity or smothering of critical fish
findings will be of use to dam removal efforts
across Wisconsin and the nation. The study
was funded by FishAmerica Foundation, the
conservation and research arm of the American
Sportfishing Association and the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency - Office of Wetlands, Oceans
and Watersheds. Copies of the study may be
obtained by contacting the River Alliance
of Wisconsin office or at the organization's
website at http://www.wisconsinrivers.org.
Review Set for Arrowhead
National Park Service To Study River Crossing
Citizens' Utility Board (CUB) recently revealed
that the National Park Service (NPS) will
do a complete evaluation of the environmental
impacts of the Duluth-Wausau (Arrowhead) 345
kV transmission line crossing of the Namekagon
River, which is part of the St. Croix National
to the NPS, the study will likely be completed
in the fall of 2003.
review will have to be completed before the
NPS determines whether to permit Wisconsin
Public Service Corporation (WPS), Minnesota
Power (MP), and the American Transmission
Company (ATC) to construct the Arrowhead transmission
line across the Namekagon River. CUB hailed
the decision as a victory for the integrity
of the National Wild and Scenic River System.
commends the National Park Service for making
sure that one of Wisconsin's greatest natural
treasures, the Wild and Scenic Namekagon River
is adequately protected from unnecessary development,"
said Steve Hiniker, Executive Director of
NPS review will include public meetings and
public comments on the potential impacts of
the proposed crossing of the Namekagon River
approximately 7 miles southwest of Hawyard,
Wisconsin. According to utility documents
filed with the NPS, the transmission line
would be designed and constructed to have
a life exceeding 50 years. There is a potential
for impact to the water quality and aquatic
life of the Namekagon River if there is a
leak of a high pressured oil-filled system
if the line is tunneled under the river. If
the line is built above the river the impact
will be from the visual effects of steel transmission
poles 135 feet high, 30 feet wide, inside
of a 100 foot right of way crossing the river,
and the effects of the electromagnetic field
generated by the 345 kV line. "CUB calls on
the Public Service Commission (PSC) to do
what it should have done three years ago.
The PSC should immediately begin an investigation
into alternatives that could provide Wisconsin
residents with the cost effective electric
system reliability that we expect, without
endangering our national scenic treasures,"
is currently suing the PSC in Marathon County
Circuit Court for issuing WPS, MP, and the
ATC a certificate to construct the 210 mile
345 kV transmission line at a cost of $166
of Milwaukee's Rivers
of Milwaukee's Rivers, located in Wauwatosa,
WI, has an immediate opening for an Executive
Assistant. A draft job description is pasted
below. Please help us find the right person
for this job by distributing this information
to potentially qualified individuals.
FOR IMMEDIATE OPENING
Assistant Job Description; Friends of Milwaukee’s
of Milwaukee’s Rivers (FMR) is a non-profit
organization whose mission is to protect water
quality and wildlife habitat and to advocate
sound land use in the three Milwaukee area
watersheds of the Milwaukee, Menomonee and
Kinnickinnic Rivers. FMR is the licensed Riverkeeper
for these three watersheds. The service area
of 850 square miles is home to over a million
people. Established in 1995, the organization
pursues its mission through education, conservation,
research and advocacy.
Executive Assistant’s primary responsibilities
include the management of the FMR office,
membership communication, volunteer management
and special event coordination. The Executive
Assistant is supervised by the Executive Director.
In the absence of an Executive Director, the
Executive Assistant is supervised by the FMR
Board’s Executive Committee. This is a salaried
position, classified as “exempt” under the
Fair Labor Standards Act.
Administers and ensures FMR office functionality
including correspondence, web site management,
purchasing supplies, negotiating contracts
with vendors, timely deposit of checks, bill
payment, petty cash, office equipment, and
Manages, maintains, and backs up membership
database. Oversees and administers quarterly
newsletter, River Currents, including editing,
production, and mailing. Handles membership
renewals, new member outreach, and general
membership correspondence and communication.
Recruits, motivates, trains, manages, and
acknowledges FMR’s volunteers. Facilitates
FMR’s Board activities including reservation
of meeting space, distribution of Board meeting
materials in advance of monthly Board meetings,
archiving of Board records, maintenance of
Board list, and support of Board officers
as time allows.
Plans and oversees all details related to
FMR’s special events. Typical special events
in recent years have included annual river
cleanup, annual meeting, fundraising dinners
and auctions, staffed booths at local fairs
and regional conferences.
FMR staff are expected to be flexible, and
to take on additional duties as assigned,
according the FMR’s needs and the staff member’s
skills and abilities.
Bachelors degree in environmental studies,
natural history, environmental policy, or
related field. At least two years of relevant
Strong interpersonal skills.
Demonstrated writing skills.
Knowledge of computers, spreadsheet software,
database software, presentation software,
and word processing, as well as the ability
to learn new applications.
The ability to coordinate multiple diverse
projects with several variables, set realistic
deadlines, and manage a timeline.
The ability to resolve routine problems independently.
Comfort in speaking to small groups, and leading
groups of volunteers.
Attention to detail, balanced with the ability
to prioritize work according to the organization’s
Willingness to learn and grow with the organization.
Valid driver’s license.
Willingness to work occasional weekends and
evenings, and occasionally travel overnight.
The ability to meet the job’s physical demands
which include being able to hear, and to regularly
lift and/or move up to 15 pounds, and occasional
lift/move objects up to 25 pounds.
Commitment to conservation.
Canoeing, kayaking, or boating experience
of Milwaukee’s Rivers, attention Lynn Broaddus,
West State Street
Rivers Network Seeks Executive Director
Rivers Network, a statewide river conservation
organization located in Champaign, Illinois,
is seeking applicants for the position of
Executive Director. Prairie Rivers is a non-profit
organization that acts as a watchdog for Clean
Water Act enforcement in Illinois and educates
people about the beauty and value of the state's
Executive Director is a full time employee
who reports to the Board of Directors. Responsibilities
include managing the day-to-day affairs of
Prairie Rivers Network, fundraising, financial
management, oversight of staff members' projects,
and program implementation. The Executive
Director works with the Board of Directors
to establish the long-term goals of Prairie
Rivers Network and works with staff to achieve
their website for more information on the
organization and the position at:
How to Apply
letter of application, resume, and references
Freyfogle, Board of Directors
South Fifth Street
be received no later than August 31, 2002