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Water Condition Assessment Results - Five Part Categorization

2014 Integrated Report Use Attainment, Sources and Impairments

Waters by Category

Explore the following water summary condition search tool to and download charts and tables on water condition in Wisconsin.

Number of Waters by Five-Part Condition Category

Water Type
Category 2

Category 3

Category 4A
Category 5A
Category 5B
Category 5C
Category 5P
Grand Total
Bays and Harbors
3
50
1
12
66
Great Lakes Beaches
99
1
19
119
Inland Beach
89
21
13
123
Great Lakes Shoreline
1
3
4
Impoundment
49
249
4
29
25
1
357
Lake
4,036
15,098
10
123
160
5
24
19,456
River
782
6,579
132
376
3
1
151
8,024
Slough
4
51
55
Springs
14
233
247
Wetlands
11
1
12
Grand Total
5,076
22,294
148
575
188
6
176
28,463

Number and Size of Waters in Wisconsin's WATERS Database

Type of Water
Number of Waters

Size of Waters

Units
Bays and Harbors
60
26,862.74
Acres
Coastal Waters (Beaches)
85
10.89
Miles
Great Lakes Shoreline
6
1,014.22
Miles
Freshwater Lake
19,542
960,332.75
Acres
Impoundment 358 123,155.00 Acres
River 6,260 42,469.32 Miles
Springs 243 1500.79 Acres
Wetlands 11 5,011,450.45 Acres

Use Attainment

The tables below illustrate the number of linear and open water features that are assessed or not assessed and of those that are assessed, how much water is fully not supporting its water quality standards for the state's designated uses of Fish Consumption, Fish and Aquatic Life, General Standards, Public Health and Welfare, and Recreational Use. Please note that there are more waters in the state than are reprsented in these tables. For example, there are 88,000 stream miles in Wisconsin and approximately 50% of those miles are entered into the WATERS database (where this data is derived). Of the waters that are entered, approximately 50% are actually assessed for Fish and Aquatic Life Use. Read more about the state's monitoring and assessment program.

Bays and Harbors (Acres)

Bays and Harbors

Great Lakes Beaches (Miles)

Great Lakes Beaches

Inland Beaches

Inland Beaches

Great Lakes Shoreline (Miles)

Great Lakes Shoreline

Impoundments (Acres)

Impoundments

Lakes (Acres)

Lakes

Rivers (Miles)

Rivers

Backwaters/Sloughs

Riverine Backwater

Springs

Springs

Wetlands

Wetlands

Impairment Summary

Summary of impairment indicators for waters not meeting water quality standards by waterbody type and designated use. For example, a water may be exceeding its phosphorus standard and upon further investigation, severe eutrophication is discovered. This eutrophication is identified as the "impairment indicator" for the fish and aquatic life use designation and the pollutant is listed as total phosphorus.

Bays and Harbors - Fish and Aquatic Life Uses

Bays and Harbors - Impairments

Bays and Harbors - Public Health and Welfare

Bays and Harbors Public Health and Welfare

Bays and Harbors - Recreation

Bays and Harbors - Recreation

Bays and Harbors - Fish Consumption

Bays and Harbors - Fish Consumption

Great Lakes Beaches - Fish and Aquatic Life Uses

Great Lakes Beaches Fish and Aquatic Life

Great Lakes Beaches - Recreation

Great Lakes Beaches - Recreation

Great Lakes Shoreline - Fish and Aquatic Life Uses

Great Lakes Shoreline - FAL

Great Lakes Shoreline - Fish Consumption

Great Lakes Shoreline - Fish Consumption

Impoundment - Fish and Aquatic Life

Impoundment FAL

Impoundment - Recreation

Impoundment-Recreation

Impoundment - Fish Consumption

Impoundment - Fish Consumption

Inland Beaches - Fish and Aquatic Life Uses

Inland Beaches FAL

Inland Beaches - Recreation

Inland Beaches - Recreation

Lakes - Fish and Aquatic Life Uses

Lakes FAL

Lakes - Public Health and Welfare

Lakes - Public Health and Welfare

Lake- Recreation

Lakes - Recreation

Lakes - Fish Consumption

Lakes - Fish Consumption

River - Fish and Aquatic Life Uses

River FAL

Rivers - Recreation

Rivers - Recreation

Rivers - General

Rivers - General

Rivers - Fish Consumption

Rivers - Fish Consumption

Wetlands - Fish and Aquatic Life Uses

Wetlands FAL

Pollutants

The following tables indicate the specific pollutants (or "causes") of impairment for Wisconsin waters by waterbody type. For example, 64 percent of the state's lakes that are listed as impaired were identified as such due to Total Phosphorus water quality standard exceedances, amounting to nearly 390,000 acres with excess phosphorus linked to eutrophication, excess algae, and excess aquatic macrophytes.

Bays and Harbors - Fish and Aquatic Life Pollutants

Bays and Harbors - FAL Pollutants

Bays and Harbors - Fish and Aquatic Life Pollutants

Bays and Harbors - Recreation Polutants

Bays and Harbors - Fish Consumption Pollutants

Bays and Harbors - Fish Consumption Pollutants

Great Lakes Beaches - Fish and Aquatic Life Pollutants

Great Lakes Beaches - Fish and Aquatic Life Pollutants

Great Lakes Beaches - Recreation Pollutants

Great Lakes Beaches - Recreation Pollutants

Great Lakes Shoreline - Fish Consumption Pollutants

Great Lakes Shoreline Fish Consumption Pollutants

Impoundments - Fish and Aquatic Life Pollutants

Impoundments Fish and Aquatic Life Pollutants

Impoundment - Recreation Pollutants

Impoundment Recreation Pollutants

Impoundments - Fish Consumption Pollutants

Impoundment Fish Consumption Pollutants

Inland Beach - Recreation Pollutants

Inland Beach Recreational Pollutants

Lakes - Fish and Aquatic Life Pollutants

Lakes Fish and Aquatic Life Use Pollutants

Lakes - Public Health and Welfare

Lakes - Public Health and Welfare Pollutants

Lakes - Recreation

Lakes - Recreation Pollutants

Lakes - Fish Consumption Pollutants

Lakes - Fish Consumption Pollutants

Rivers - Fish and Aquatic Life Pollutants

Rivers Fish and Aquatic Life Pollutants

Rivers - Recreation Pollutants

River Recreation Pollutants

Rivers - Fish Consumption Pollutants

Rivers - Fish Consumption Polutants

Impairment Sources

Bays and Harbors - Fish and Aquatic Life Sources of Impairments

Impoundments

Lakes Sources

Last revised: Monday April 21 2014