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Water Condition Viewer

The Water Condition Viewer (WCV) is an interactive mapping tool that focuses on water condition, monitoring, assessment and management data. Data includes Clean Water Act, Monitoring Projects, Healthy Watersheds Assessments, Targeted Watershed Assessments, Wastewater Evaluation, Watershed Planning, County Land and Water Plans, Nine Key Element Plans and more.

Launch  Water Condition Viewer

The Water Condition Viewer (WCV) shares monitoring, assessment and planning data from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. All datasets from specialized themes are available from this "generalized" set of layers.

Launch  Monitoring Stations and Projects

Monitoring Stations and Projects shows the locations, stations, and tools used in monitoring projects in Wisconsin. This theme also provides a new tool, the Targeted Watershed Site Selection Tool (TWSST) to support decision making for monitoring study design. The TWSST helps biologists select appropriate sites for monitoring in Targeted Watershed Assessment projects. For more information, contact Mike Shupryt.

More about TWSST

TWSST is a watershed-scale classification system that groups stream reaches according to a variety of stream channel and landscape-level physical characteristics. The physical characteristics in the classification system were selected to incorporate both natural and anthropogenic factors with demonstrated relationships with water quality and aquatic biota. These characteristics include land cover, soils, slope, streamflow volume and water temperature.

The TWSST model can be used to aid in setting up an efficient monitoring design in a watershed where very little known information exists on waterbody condition. The model can also be used on previously collected data to determine the spatial extent on a stream network that a particular monitoring location represents.

The output from the TWSST includes maps of the stream groups, narrative interpretations of each stream group, and summary statistics of stream characteristics within groups. These results are available as summary reports for each watershed and as interactive map layers in WDNR’s WCV. This provides staff and biologists a readily accessible way to visualize landscape changes in targeted watersheds alongside a variety of other data layers relevant to the monitoring site selection process.

Launch  Wastewater Evaluation

Wastewater outfalls, variance permit sites, "variance" water quality standards waters, and all other water quality standards are displayed in this theme. In addition, the state's impaired waters, O/ERW waters, and trout waters are shown.

Launch  Monitoring, Assessments and Planning

The monitoring, assessments and planning theme highlights projects and layers needed to integrate resource information, condition decisions, and specific actions needed to restore aquatic health.

Launch  Healthy Watersheds Assessment Theme

The Water Condition Viewer (WCV) Healthy Watersheds Assessment Theme displays the results of Wisconsin's analysis of watershed condition and potential restoration indices, created in conjunction with the USEPA. Contact Kristi Minahan for more information on this theme.