Research

Namekagon River Fish Habitat

The Namekagon River in Wisconsin is part of the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway, established by the U.S. Congress in 1968 under the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act.  We examined the environmental history of the Namekagon River to aid in planning river restoration and monitoring.  A primary focus for managing and restoring the river is recovery of native brook trout (Salvelinus fontinalis).  We expect our results to inform future management plans for river restoration.  This project has been supported by the National Park Service, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, and the Notre Dame Center for Aquatic Conservation. Our work on the Namekagon River was expanded in 2012 to survey fish populations in tributaries and monitor water temperature thanks to a 2012 NPS George Melendez Wright Climate Change Fellowship! Temperature monitoring continues with loggers still deployed in 2016.