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Pecatonica River Project: Resources for Practitioners

The Pecatonica River watershed pilot project, launched in 2009, tested Wisconsin Buffer Initiative recommendations for using targeted strategies on agricultural lands to improve water quality in area streams.

This page includes links to information about the Pecatonica pilot project, including the results of the pilot, that may be useful to practitioners interested in developing similar projects.

Questions about the project can be directed to Steve Richter, The Nature Conservancy in Wisconsin.

Background Information

What is the Wisconsin Buffer Initiative?
University of Wisconsin-Madison Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies
Description of the Wisconsin Buffer Initiative including link to the final report to the Wisconsin Natural Resources Board, December 2005.

SNAP-Plus Wisconsin’s Nutrient Management Planning Software
University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Soil Science
Software program designed for preparation of nutrient management plans. Site includes link to current version of the program and instructions for use.

The Wisconsin Phosphorus Index (P Index)
University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Soil Science
The Wisconsin Phosphorus Index (P Index) is a planning and assessment tool for managing runoff phosphorus losses from cropland.

Pecatonica Project Fact Sheets

Pecatonica River: Results of Pilot Project to Target Conservation Practices in a Watershed to Improve Water Quality (415 kb, pdf)
The Nature Conservancy in Wisconsin, October 2014

Assessment of Fish and Habitat of Pleasant Valley Branch and Kittleson Valley Creek (Dane County, Wisconsin) in Response to Management Actions in the Watershed and Riparian Corridor (184 kb, pdf)
Jim Amrhein, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, October 2014

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