Key challenges to the Pike-Root watershed
The Pike-Root Watershed covers 410 square miles in Wisconsin and Illinois. Streams and rivers in the watershed drain to Lake Michigan. It includes 113 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline.
Significant Natural Features
The Chiwaukee Illinois Beach Lake Plain was designated a Wetland of International Importance by the US government. It straddles the Wisconsin-Illinois border on the Lake Michigan coast. The Plain includes area within Pleasant Prairie in Wisconsin and Winthrop Harbor, Zion and Waukegan in Illinois. It includes 6 globally rare wetland types. It is home to the piping plover, Blandings turtle, and the eastern prairie fringed orchid, which are on lists of threatened and endangered species.
Image sources: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blanding%27s_turtle; https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piping_plover; https://www.fws.gov/midwest/endangered/plants/epfo/EPFOsurvey5May2014.html; accessed 1/16/18
Other important plant species found in the watershed include Pale False Foxglove, Fringed Aster, and Prairie White-fringed Orchid.
The watershed is an important stopover habitat for migratory birds.
Lake Michigan is the source of drinking water for the majority of the population in these counties. Community water utilities treat and distribute Lake Michigan water. These utilities report no contaminant levels exceeding US EPA quality standards.
Wisconsin DNR Overview
Watershed Central wiki
Pike and Root River Watersheds
Pike River Watershed Plan
Root River Watershed Plan
Wind Point Watershed Plan
Oak Creek Watershed Plan
Waukegan River Watershed Plan
Kellogg Creek Watershed Plan
Dead River Watershed Plan
Great Lakes Restoration Initiative