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An Analysis of Recreational Use of the Downtown La Crosse River Wetlands by Harriett Moyer (La Crosse, WI : University of Wisconsin-Extension, Cooperative Extension Service, Recreation Resources Center), 1989.

A part of the La Crosse River Valley Study Committee's research for comprehensive land use, this investigation into the recreational use of the downtown La Crosse River Valley wetlands is presented.

Avifauna of Myrick Marsh / Paul Anthony Harris, 1975.

UW – La Crosse Thesis.

A Breeding Bird Survey of Myrick Marsh and Hixon Forest / Jenny Fiedler

UW-La Crosse Student paper appearing in the Journal of Undergraduate Research volume 3, 2000.

Construction, Right of Way Cost Analysis prepared by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (Madison, WI : The Dept.), 1991.

Prepared by the Wisconsin Dept. of Transportation for the La Crosse River Valley Study committee, this technical report details the construction and right-of-way costs of proposed north-south transportation corridor plans 1 through plan 4B3.

Economic Base Studies III : Technical Report prepared by William Colclough, Rex M. Fuller and Douglas Sweetland (La Crosse, WI : University of Wisconsin La Crosse, College of Business Administration), 1984. (note: the original document did not have a date so we cataloged it as 198-. However, in the updated report the authors refer to the 1984 report)

Prepared for the La Crosse Area Planning Committee, this report by the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse discusses population, employment, and economic trends of the greater La Crosse area through the year 2005.

Technical Report Update for Economic Base Studies III prepared for the La Crosse River Valley Study Committee by Bureau of Business and Economics Research, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. (La Crosse, WI : University of Wisconsin La Crosse, College of Business Administration), 1998; presented by William Colclough, Gordon Sanford.

An update of the population and economic trends report of 1984 affecting the greater La Crosse area. This report was prepared by the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse for the La Crosse River Valley Study committee.

Environmental Statement Marsh Land Fill / Prepared by Office of the Chancellor, Kenneth E. Linder

This environmental impact statement was prepared by UW-La Crosse to proceed with land fill plans on 33 acres of University owned marsh land south of Gorder Road in order to construct athletic fields. The statement includes a description of the proposed action, probable impact on the environment; any potential adverse environmental effects which cannot be avoided, alternatives to the proposed project, and discussion of problems and objections by government officials and private citizens. Also included are photographs, maps, and copies of correspondence with pertinent local and state officials.

Final Environmental Impact Statement : La Crosse North-South Transportation Corridor Study, IH-90 to USH 14/61, USH 53, STH 35, and STH 16, La Crosse County, Wisconsin
by U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration and State of Wisconsin Department of Transportation (Madison, WI? : The Wisconsin Dept. of Transportation), 1998.

This Environmental Impact Statement really pulls together in summary form the different components of the proposed north-south transportation corridor, including archaeology, cultural history, floodplain, noise, recreation, environmental consequences, land use, and the like for alternatives 4A, 4B, 5B-1 and 5B-2, and is just over 390 pages long. Sections include a summary, purpose and need for proposed action, alternatives/recommended alternative, affected environment, environmental consequences, wetlands, comments and coordination during draft EIS preparation and comments and coordination following draft EIS availability and public hearing.

Histories of Roads and Transportation Systems in the La Crosse River Valley by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (Madison, Wis.? : The Dept.), 1994.

A part of the La Crosse River Valley Study documents, this report by the Wisconsin Dept. of Transportation highlights the history of the transportation routes that traverse the lower La Crosse River Valley in the City of La Crosse. Roads included here are Copeland Avenue, Lang Drive, STH (State Highway) 16, Gorder Road, Gillette Street-CTH (County Road) B-Gateway Access Road. Other history includes that of railroads, electric railways (street cars), and bus transportation.

A Historical Analysis of the Lower La Crosse River 1841-Present by Anthony Godfrey (La Crosse, Wis. : U. S. West Research), 1990.

An investigation of the history of the lower La Crosse River Valley and it wetlands from the arrival of permanent white settlement to 1990. The analysis breaks down the river valley into three distinct geographical areas, and then discusses each area within three time periods: 1841-1884; 1885-1919; 1920-present (1990). This study was contracted by the La Crosse River Valley Study committee.

History Repeats Itself: Natural Beauty Selected newspaper articles from the La Crosse Tribune highlighting the area's natural beauty, including the marsh.

History Repeats Itself: North/South Corridor Selected newspaper articles from the La Crosse Tribune highlighting the controversy of a new north-south corridor or expressway through the marsh.

Inventory and Evaluation : a Land Use Management Plan for the La Crosse River Valley prepared by the City of La Crosse, La Crosse County, Wisconsin Department of Transportation
and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (La Crosse, WI : City of La Crosse), 1997.

This work by agencies involved in the La Crosse River Valley Study committee examines the background of the study, the inventory process and summaries of the various studies and investigations from economy to transportation to recreation to natural resources to history, and finally six different land use plans discussed by the group.

Joseph N. Nicollet Maps. September 28-November 14, 1839*. Untitled pen-and-ink manuscript map, in French, of the Mississippi River from Fort Snelling (Minneapolis-St. Paul, in southeastern Minnesota) to the mouth of the Des Moines River (near present Keokuk, southeastern Iowa).

Joseph N. Nicollet Maps. September 28-November 14, 1839*. Untitled pen-and-ink manuscript map, in French, of the Mississippi River from Fort Snelling (Minneapolis-St. Paul, in southeastern Minnesota) to the mouth of the Des Moines River (near present Keokuk, southeastern Iowa); map charting the lower reaches of the La Crosse River east of the town of La Crosse.

*Note for the Nicollet maps: Joseph N. Nicollet’s western expedition of 1839 carried him on the steamboat "Antelope" from St. Louis to Fort Pierre, in present South Dakota. He was accompanied by John Charles Fremont, his assistant, and by Charles A. Geyer. On September 28, he began his return to St. Louis down the Mississippi River. Fremont remained behind; he was to have rejoined Nicollet at Praire du Chien, but events prevented him from doing so, and Nicollet completed the journey without him. Traveling by canoe, Nicollet mapped the river from his point of departure near Fort Snelling, Minnesota, to Warsaw, Illinois, at the mouth of the Des Moines River--- part of the modern boundary between Iowa and Missouri. Unfortunately, his field diary for the Mississippi River expedition has been lost; so details of the journey must largely be reconstructed from notes on the map. The map shows great detail of the river channel, as well as the course of Nicollet’s canoe (shown by a dashed line), and a multitude of natural and cultural features along both banks, including early townsites and Sioux and Fox Indian village locations.

Laboratory Colonization of One Mosquito Species and Cytogenetic Analysis of Two Genera and Four Species in the Myrick Marsh Floodplain of La Crosse, Wisconsin / Donald Gary Wick, 1975.

UW-La Crosse Thesis.

La Crosse and Vicinity Wildlife-Wetland Survey by Kathy Firchow (La Crosse, WI : Kathy Firchow), 1980.

A student intern survey under Ray Kyro, DNR manager, which specifies observations and results of species lists in the La Crosse River marsh.

La Crosse River Conservancy Project, 1998-2002 / by the Mississippi Valley Conservancy

A wetland habitat restoration project, 1998-2002, of the La Crosse River Valley led by the Mississippi Valley Conservancy. Other participants in the project included Gundersen Health System, Sierra Club, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, City of La Crosse. and City of Onalaska. Along with financial help from the Paul E. Stry Foundation, 400 acres of wetlands near the La Crosse River behind Valley View Mall were restored.

La Crosse River Marsh: History of an Urban Wetland /by Murphy Library, UW-L and La Crosse Public Library, 2005.

La Crosse Public Library and University of Wisconsin-La Crosse’s Murphy Library have made a cooperative effort to digitize materials relating to La Crosse’s urban wetland, a popular and important topic in the community. Included in this body of material are photographs, maps, interviews, published studies and summaries of fieldwork related to the marsh. This essay is not meant to be comprehensive but we hope will provide some basic framework to help readers delve into specific areas of interest.

La Crosse River Pollution Investigation Survey by the Wisconsin Division of Environmental Protection (Madison, WI : The Division), 1971.

A pollution study by the Wisconsin DNR of the La Crosse River drainage basin, 1970-71, identifying the largest pollutant as inadequately treated sanitary waste. Sample sites along the Mississippi River at the city of La Crosse included Holiday Inn, Heileman Brewing Co., Norplex Oak, Trane Co., city of Onalaska, Gateway Transportation, and Holy Cross Seminary. Points sampled along the La Crosse River included spots in and near Sparta, Rockland, Bangor, West Salem, and Bostwick Creek.

La Crosse River Valley Study : Phase 2, Alternative Analysis: Technical Report Floodplain Analysis, La Crosse, Wisconsin by Westbrook Associated Engineers (Spring Green, Wis. : Westbrook Associated Engineers), 1990.

A technical floodplain analysis and hydraulic studies of the proposed north-south transportation corridor from plan 1 through plan 4B31 are detailed prepared by Westbrook Associated Engineers. This report forms part of the La Crosse River Valley Study materials.

La Crosse, Wisconsin: An Ecological History, 2004 / Charles Lee, Rachel VanAlstine, Jennifer Otto, and Heather Przybylski (La Crosse, WI : UW-La Crosse), 2004.

An independent student project summary of the Public History Department at UW-La Crosse led by Professor Charles Lee that discusses major changes to the La Crosse River marsh through human connections.

The Masque of Marsh and River / Howard Mumford Jones Presented by The La Crosse State Normal in Myrick Park

“The Masque of Marsh and River,” was a play written by Howard Mumford Jones and presented in Myrick Park on June 8, 1915, by the La Crosse Normal School. It featured dancers and music. The play’s many characters were played by adults, college students, and school children in such diverse roles as “Mortals, Spirits, Swaying Reeds, Frogs, and Bats.” This booklet contains the play programme, dialogue, and sepia-toned photographs of the production.

Myrick Marsh Nature Trails Guide / by Laura A. Schuh; Illustrated by Malenna Smith

This 38 page pamphlet is a nature guide to the trails, vegetation, and animals of the La Crosse marsh. There is a map of the trails with associated numbered descriptions of items of interest. The pamphlet is illustrated with black and white drawings of marsh plants, insects, and animals.

Natural Resource Inventory prepared by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (La Crosse, WI : The Dept.), 1990.

Prepared for the La Crosse River Valley Study committee, this natural resource inventory is organized into four parts: the La Crosse River wetlands evaluation; water resources inventory; fisheries investigations; and study area species lists. The water resources inventory includes studies on run off and water quality.

Noise Analysis prepared by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (Madison, WI : The Dept.), 1991.

Prepared by the Wisconsin Dept. of Transportation for the La Crosse River Valley Study committee, this technical report details existing and future anticipated noise levels for north-south transportation corridor plans 1 through plan 4.


Noise Analysis Addendum prepared by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (Madison, WI : The Dept.), 1992.

Prepared by the Wisconsin Dept. of Transportation for the La Crosse River Valley Study committee, this very brief technical report includes two addendums and updates the 1991 report and details existing and future anticipated noise levels for north-south transportation corridor plan 3A through plan 4B3.

Recommendations: a Land Use Management Plan for the La Crosse River Valley prepared by the City of La Crosse, La Crosse County, Wisconsin Department of Transportation and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (La Crosse, WI : City of La Crosse), 1997.

The recommendations of the La Crosse River Valley Study committee for Land Use Plan 6 for the La Crosse River Valley are presented. This included a plan for preservation and enhancement of of over 1500 acres; an economic plan for over 200 acres; a plan for recreational facilities; and an interim plan for transportation.

A Report on the Condition of the Lower La Crosse River and Two of its Tributaries by the Watershed Investigation Subcommittee of the Pollution Control Committee (La Crosse, WI : Greater La Crosse Chamber of Commerce), 1973.

Because of high pollution levels in the La Crosse River, the Chamber of Commerce's Pollution Control Committee, led by Joseph A. Kawatski, conducted a study of the watershed. Based on water samples taken in 1972 and 1973, the committee determined that the watershed was seriously polluted and needed more thorough sampling, testing and investigation. The La Crosse River at that time was deemed a very valuable asset in terms of recreational use and thus was a great concern to the Chamber and its committee.

Report on Marsh Fill, La Crosse, Wisconsin : February 1946 (Chicago, IL : Alvord, Burdick & Howson), 1946.

The La Crosse City Planning Commission, under the direction of the Common Council, served as the liaison with the engineering firm of Alvord, Burdick & Howson in 1946 to develop a plan for filling in the La Crosse River marsh in the city. The proposed plan called for filling in 468 acres of wetland for industrial and commercial use, redirecting and straightening the La Crosse River, and routing flood waters to the Black River.

Some Ecological Aspects of Myrick Marsh with an Emphasis on Animal Populations / Charles D. Craig, 1975.

UW – La Crosse Thesis.

A Summary of a Geoarchaeological Perspective on the Archaeological Potential of the Lower La Crosse River Valley by Robert F. Boszhardt and Dean G. Wilder (La Crosse, WI : University of Wisconsin-La Crosse), 1989.

A summary of archaeological excavations and potential archaeological sites in the lower La Crosse River Valley are described by Mississippi Valley Archaeologist Center's archaeologists prepared for the La Crosse River Valley Study Committee. The study follows the La Crosse River beginning in the town of Medary, La Crosse County, to the mouth at the city of La Crosse.

Survey of the Fauna and Flora in the City of La Crosse Area Wetlands Final Project Report: Natural Resources 491 by Kurt Brownell, (Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources) 1979.

A student project that documents game and non-game wildlife in the La Crosse River area wetlands for possible wetland acquisition and preservation by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

Survey of the Flora and Fauna in the La Crosse Marsh, La Crosse County, Wisconsin by Lawrence D. Igl (Stevens Point, Wis.? : Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources in cooperation with the University of Wisconsin),1985.

A student intern project that identifies bird, mammal and vegetation species in the La Crosse River marsh.

Traffic Analysis prepared by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (Madison, WI : The Dept.), 1991.

Prepared by the Wisconsin Dept. of Transportation for the La Crosse River Valley Study committee, this technical report details the traffic volume and capacity of proposed north-south transportation corridor plans 1 through plan 4B3, and discussed the forecasting tools used in gathering and analyzing the data.

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