Wisconsin Water Future: Digging into DNR Data

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The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is an agency of the state of Wisconsin charged with conserving and managing Wisconsin's natural resources. DNR staff members Kyle Burton and Adrian Stocks presented as part of the Beyond the Headlines event in Madison about Wisconsin's Water Future.

The DNR website states:

Water resources are the foundation for Wisconsin’s economy, environment and quality of life. Managing, conserving and restoring them for the benefit of Wisconsin citizens now and in the future is a big job, and one that DNR staff share with local governments, citizens and businesses.

Link to all water related Public Pages: https://dnr.wi.gov/topic/water...
*NOTE: This site contains a lot of information and you may need help from DNR staff to navigate the complex data.

Link to the DNR staff directory: https://dnr.wi.gov/staffdir/_newsearch/contactsearchext.aspx


Link to all water related Public Pages:  https://dnr.wi.gov/topic/water.html  

Monitoring Program:  

Overview: https://dnr.wi.gov/topic/surfacewater/monitoring.html

Strategy:  https://dnr.wi.gov/topic/SurfaceWater/Strategy.html

Contacts: Mike Shupryt and Tim Asplund


Standards Program:

      Standards: https://dnr.wi.gov/topic/SurfaceWater/standards.html

      Triennial Standards Review: https://dnr.wi.gov/topic/SurfaceWater/TSR.html 

      Contacts: Ashley Beranek (Assessments) and Kristi Minahan (Standards)

Condition Assessment (CWA Report)

      Assessment Methodology:  Wisconsin 2018 Consolidated Assessment and Listing Methodology (WisCALM) [PDF]

      Webpage: https://dnr.wi.gov/topic/SurfaceWater/IR2018.html

      CWA Report Executive Summary: Wisconsin's 2018 Water Quality Report to Congress (Executive Summary)

      Contacts: Ashley Beranek (Assessments) and Kristi Minahan (Standards)

Monitoring, Assessment, Planning, and Reporting (the graphic has links to other programs)

     Webpage: https://dnr.wi.gov/topic/SurfaceWater/planning.html

     Contacts: Tim Asplund or Lisa Helmuth

Wastewater Program

      Webpage: https://dnr.wi.gov/topic/Wastewater/   


Explore Your Waters – an online presence that links to detailed searchable pages to find out information about rivers, streams, lakes, etc. water condition, historical data, photos, projects and more: https://dnr.wi.gov/water/

Contacts:  Lisa Helmuth and Matt Rehwald 

This is a “portal” to:

  • Clean Water Act Data
  • Monitoring Projects                
  • Grants Data                
  • TMDL Projects                
  • DNR Documents and Guidance                
  • And more…

The Surface Water Data Viewer Contacts: Matt Rehwald and Ben Kort Weblink & Help Guides https://dnr.wi.gov/topic/SurfaceWater/swdv/ Link https://dnrgis.wi.gov/H5/?viewer=SWDV Themes:


The Water Condition Viewer

Contacts: Lisa Helmuth and Matt Rehwald Webpage and help Guides https://dnr.wi.gov/topic/surfacewater/wcv/ https://dnrgis.wi.gov/H5/?viewer=Water_Condition_Viewer : Water Evaluation:  https://dnrgis.wi.gov/H5/?viewer=Water_Condition_Viewer&Theme=1


The Lakes and AIS Viewer Contact: Ben Kort Webpage and help guides: “Layer Information”  

https://dnr.wi.gov/lakes/viewer/metadata.aspx https://dnrmaps.wi.gov/H5/?Viewer=Lakes_AIS_Viewer


Surface Water Integrated Monitoring System Contacts: Matt Rehwald, Jacob Dickmann, or Lisa Helmuth Help page: https://dnr.wi.gov/topic/surfacewater/swims/helpdocs.html Quick intro guide: http://dnr.wi.gov/water/wsSWIMSDocument.ashx?documentSeqNo=89074113


Watershed Restoration Viewer Contact: Aaron Ruesch




We thank The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for their generous support of this initiative and the Pulitzer Prizes for their partnership.