The North Branch of the Oconto River (From State HWY 32 to Forest Co. Line) was assessed during the 2018 listing cycle; total phosphorus sample data clearly met the 2018 WisCALM listing thresholds for the Fish and Aquatic Life use. Available biological data did not indicate impairment (i.e. no macroinvertebrate or fish Index of Biotic Integrity (IBI) scored in the "poor" condition category). This water was meeting this designated use and not considered impaired.
Author Amanda Smith
The North Branch Oconto River (From Main Branch Oconto River to Chute Pond) was assessed during the 2018 listing cycle; temperature and available biological data did not indicate impairment (i.e. no macroinvertebrate or fish Index of Biotic Integrity (IBI) scored in the "poor" condition category) based on the 2018 WisCALM listing thresholds for the Fish and Aquatic Life use. This water was meeting this designated use and was not considered impaired.
Author Amanda Smith
The North Branch Oconto River was assessed during the 2018 listing cycle; new total phosphorus sample data were clearly below the 2018 WisCALM listing thresholds for the Fish and Aquatic Life use. This water was meeting this designated use and was not considered impaired.
Author Ashley Beranek
Wisconsin has over 84,000 miles of streams, 15,000 lakes and milllions of acres of wetlands. Assessing the condition of this vast amount of water is challenging. The state's water monitoring program uses a media-based, cross-program approach to analyze water condition. An updated monitoring strategy (2015-2020) is now available.
Compliance with Clean Water Act fishable, swimmable standards are located in the Executive Summary of Water Condition in 2016 . See also 'monitoring' and 'projects'.
Monitor to Evaluate Stream Baseflow
Do cross section measurement of stream discharge to obtain total discharge which was 119.6 CFS
Wisconsin's Water Quality Standards provide qualitative and quantitative goals for waters that are protective of Fishable, Swimmable conditions [Learn more]. Waters that do not meet water quality standards are considered impaired and restoration actions are planned and carried out until the water is once again fishable and swimmable
Management goals can include creation and implementation of a Total Maximum Daily Load Analysis, habitat restoration work, partnership education and outreach and more. If specific recommendations exist for this water, they will be displayed below.
Monitoring the condition of a river, stream, or lake includes gathering physical, chemical, biological, and habitat data. Comprehensive studies often gather all these parameters in great detail, while lighter assessment events will involve sampling physical, chemical and biological data such as macroinvertebrates. Aquatic macroinvertebrates and fish communities integrate watershed or catchment condition, providing great insight into overall ecosystem health. Chemical and habitat parameters tell researchers more about human induced problems including contaminated runoff, point source dischargers, or habitat issues that foster or limit the potential of aquatic communities to thrive in a given area. Wisconsin's Water Monitoring Strategy was recenty updated.
Grants and Management Projects
|WBIC||Official Waterbody Name||Station ID||Station Name||Earliest Fieldwork Date||Latest Fieldwork Date||View Station||View Data|
|457800||North Branch Oconto River||10010177||N. Branch Oconto R. Above Knowles Creek||Map||Data|
|457800||North Branch Oconto River||10039378||North Branch Oconto River at Federal Forest 2101 Rd||Map||Data|
|457800||North Branch Oconto River||10033861||North Branch Oconto River River parallels Lake John Rd ~55m to NE. Maybe OK ~200m SE down Lake John Rd possible trail?||Map||Data|
|457800||North Branch Oconto River||10043858||North Branch Oconto River at Joyce Ln||1/1/2015||5/14/2017||Map||Data|
|457800||North Branch Oconto River||10017002||North Branch Oconto - Sth 32 Bridge||11/9/1988||11/9/1988||Map||Data|
|457800||North Branch Oconto River||10022482||N. Br. Oconto River - Hemlock Dam Downstream||Map||Data|
|457800||North Branch Oconto River||10020828||North Branch Oconto-50 Feet Above Bridge In Riffle Off Tar Dam Rd.||Map||Data|
|457800||North Branch Oconto River||10020573||North Branch Oconto River at Cth F/Riverside Rd||7/25/2007||9/24/2007||Map||Data|
|457800||North Branch Oconto River||10022481||N. Br. Oconto River - Knowles Dam Lane||Map||Data|
North Branch Oconto River is located in the Lower North Branch Oconto River watershed which is 389.28 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily forest (50%), wetland (35%) and a mix of agricultural (6%) and other uses (9%). This watershed has 410.78 stream miles, 5,377.75 lake acres and 51,397.21 wetland acres.
Nonpoint Source Characteristics
This watershed is ranked Low for runoff impacts on streams, Not Ranked for runoff impacts on lakes and Low for runoff impacts on groundwater and therefore has an overall rank of Low. This value can be used in ranking the watershed or individual waterbodies for grant funding under state and county programs.However, all waters are affected by diffuse pollutant sources regardless of initial water quality. Applications for specific runoff projects under state or county grant programs may be pursued. For more information, go to surface water program grants.