The AP Environmental Science students from Pulaski High School completed some videos about the Green Bay and Fox River Area of Concern (AOC). This task was facilitated by the Lower Fox River Watershed Monitoring Program (LFRWMP) with partners in UW-Extension and Wi DNR Area of Concern Citizens Advisory Committee. Each video highlighted a specific Beneficial Use Impact (BUI) to reach a broad audience of average citizens.
Lower Fox River Watershed Overview
Restrictions on fish and wildlife consumption
Degradation of fish and wildlife populations
Fish tumors or other deformities/Bird or animal deformities or reproductive problems
Restriction on dredging activities
Loss of fish and wildlife habitat
Eutrophication or undesirable algae
UW-Green Bay coordinates a collaborative watershed education and stream monitoring program with area high schools that focuses on identifying non-point source pollution within the Fox River watershed. In the school monitoring program, teams of high school students and teachers gain hands-on experience in assessing the health of aquatic ecosystems by performing a variety of monitoring activities in selected watersheds of the Lower Fox Basin. The use of standardized methods and teacher training allows the teams to collect quality assured data. This video is a brief (4 min) look at the program.
One restoration project that will help address habitat issues and fish populations in an effort to restore northern pike spawning along the west shore of Green Bay. This DNR video (3 min) gives a nice overview of the project goals.
Green Bay suffers from hypoxia during the summer months. Also known as “dead zones” these areas have little oxygen, which affects the fish and other aquatic species that inhabit Green Bay. NEW Water (the new brand of the Green Bay Metropolitan Sewerage District) has produced a short video (1 min) about the issue.
Scientists are monitoring pollutant levels in the tree swallow to keep track of progress as clean-up and restoration work continues in the Great Lakes Areas of Concern. This DNR video (4 min) provides an overview.
When migrating, birds need suitable habitat to rest and refuel. This “stopover habitat” is critical for the survival of migratory bird species. In Wisconsin, many stopover habitats for a variety of species lie within Wisconsin’s Areas of Concern — areas affected by toxic contamination and serious habitat degradation. Clean up and restoration of these important areas will greatly benefit our migratory bird species. This DNR video (5 min) provides an explanation.
WDNR YouTube Channel (Search “Great Lakes”)
Closed for decades, is Bay Beach ready for a comeback? Green Bay Press Gazette Article December 21, 2014
Clean Bay Backer-sponsored Foxy Lady Boat Tour
Boat Tour Showcases Environmental Gains Green Bay Press Gazette Article (Sept. 21, 2014)
Bring life to dead zones in bay Green Bay Press Gazette Editorial Board (Sept. 21, 2014)
Fox River tour highlights good and bad Fox 11 Green Bay (Sept. 16, 2014)
Fox River cleanup efforts WFRV 5 Green Bay (Sept. 16, 2014)
Improving Green Bay Water Quality NBC 26 (Sept. 16, 2014)
Green Bay and Fox River water quality-related articles
Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel 3 part series:
Changes in America’s Dairyland foul the waters of Green Bay Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel (September 13, 2014)
Dead Zones haunt Green Bay as manure fuels algae blooms Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel (September 12, 2014)
Toxic algae cocktail brews in Lake Erie Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel (September 11, 2014)
Dead Zone Discovery UW-Green Bay (October, 2013)