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C.A.N.O.E
Citizen Action Network for our Environment

Wisconsin Environmental News Briefs

Volume 5 Issue 18

August 5, 2002

In This Issue

1. Study on Dam Removal and Sediment Movement Released
  By River Alliance of Wisconsin and University of Wisconsin - Madison

2. National Park Service To Study River Crossing
  Federal Review Set for Arrowhead Transmission Line

3. Executive Assistant Needed: Friends of Milwaukee's Rivers

4. Prairie Rivers Network Seeks Executive Director
  August 31, Deadline

Today's Quote

The amount of water on earth is about 326,000,000 cubic miles.The oceans contain 97.24%. Rivers hold about 0.000001% of the world's water. Trout streams represent less than 1 one-millionth of 1% of the water on earth.

Source --The Freshwater Institute

1. River Alliance and UW - Madison Release Study
  on Dam Removal and Sediment Movement

Madison - 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.

"We 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."

In 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.

The 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 former impoundments.

This report summarizes the findings on sediment movement across 16 small dam removals spanning fifty years in the state of Wisconsin. The study found that:

  • In 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;

  • Most 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;

  • Vegetation established quickly on sediments that remained in place and may further stabilize them during high river flows.

A new method to determine sediment loss from a dam removal:
The 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 habitat.

These 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.

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2. Federal Review Set for Arrowhead
  National Park Service To Study River Crossing

The 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 Scenic Riverway.

According to the NPS, the study will likely be completed in the fall of 2003.

The 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.

"CUB 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 CUB.

The 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," said Hiniker.

CUB 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 Million.

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3. Executive Assistant Needed
  Friends of Milwaukee's Rivers

Friends 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.

POSTED FOR IMMEDIATE OPENING
Executive Assistant Job Description; Friends of Milwaukee’s Rivers, Inc.

Background
Friends 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.

Position Description
The 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.

Responsibilities
Office Management: 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 file maintenance.

Membership Communication: 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.

Volunteer Coordination: 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.

Special Event Coordination: 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.

Other: 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.

Qualifications
• Bachelors degree in environmental studies, natural history, environmental policy, or related field. At least two years of relevant work experience.
• 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 needs.
• 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 a plus.

Contact Information
Friends of Milwaukee’s Rivers, attention Lynn Broaddus, Ph.D.,
Co-President
7028 West State Street
Wauwatosa, Wisconsin 53213
414-476-6042

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4. Prairie Rivers Network Seeks Executive Director
  August 31, Deadline

Prairie 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 rivers.

The 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 those goals.

Visit their website for more information on the organization and the position at:
http://www.prairierivers.org/Who/Staff/DirectorSearch.html

How to Apply
Send letter of application, resume, and references to:

Eric Freyfogle, Board of Directors
Prairie Rivers Network
809 South Fifth Street
Champaign, IL 61820

Materials must be received no later than August 31, 2002

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River Alliance of Wisconsin
306 East Wilson Street, #2W Madison, WI 53703
Tel: 608-257-2424. Fax: 608-260-9799.
Email: wisrivers@wisconsinrivers.org. Web: www.wisconsinrivers.org

 

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