Fish and Aquatic Life
West Branch White River, in the White River Watershed, is a 7.90 mile river that falls in Waushara County. This river is an outstanding/exceptional resource water under NR102 as well as a Class I Trout Water under the Fisheries Program. This river is managed for fishing and swimming and is currently not considered impaired.
Author Aquatic Biologist
The West Branch of the White River 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). Temperature data did not exceed thresholds. This water was meeting this designated use and not considered impaired.
Author Amanda Smith
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'.
Citizen-Based Stream Monitoring
Collect chemical, physical, and/or biological water quality data to assess the current overall stream health. The data can inform management decisions and may be used to identify impaired waters for biennial lists.
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|
|151700||West Branch White River||10016211||West Branch White River - County Y||10/8/1998||10/8/1998||Map||Data|
|151700||West Branch White River||10030594||West Branch White River - Highway 22||7/7/2005||9/14/2017||Map||Data|
|151700||West Branch White River||10048573||West Branch White River at STH 21||5/31/2017||10/2/2017||Map||Data|
|151700||West Branch White River||10040925||West Branch of White River 0.25 mi W of W9179 CTH C||6/2/2013||10/7/2014||Map||Data|
|151700||West Branch White River||703086||White River West Branch at Cottonville Ave.||3/5/1997||5/13/1999||Map||Data|
|151700||West Branch White River||10012437||West Branch White River - County T (125 Yards West)||6/28/2005||10/9/2017||Map||Data|
|151700||West Branch White River||10022010||West Branch White River Cth T Upstream||Map||Data|
|151700||West Branch White River||10048574||West Branch White River 0.7mi S STH 21, 0.3mi E CTH Y||5/31/2017||10/2/2017||Map||Data|
|151700||West Branch White River||10030595||West Branch White River - CTH Y ||7/6/2017||7/6/2017||Map||Data|
|151700||West Branch White River||703129||West Branch White River at Cht Y||5/13/1998||5/13/1998||Map||Data|
|151700||West Branch White River||10039100||West Branch White River at 13th Ave||7/16/2013||8/23/2017||Map||Data|
|151700||West Branch White River||10047481||Wetland [ID 70423692886]||9/29/2016||9/29/2016||Map||Data|
|151700||West Branch White River||10030592||West Branch White River - Cottonville Ave.||1/1/2015||1/1/2015||Map||Data|
|151700||West Branch White River||10048576||West Branch White River 100ft US Confluence||5/20/2017||10/2/2017||Map||Data|
|151700||West Branch White River||10048580||West Branch White River - 13th Ave (500ft DS)||8/20/2013||10/2/2017||Map||Data|
|151700||West Branch White River||10022009||West Branch White River Snowmobile Bridge (Primisings)||Map||Data|
|151700||West Branch White River||10048575||West Branch White River 0.4mi DS Cottonville Ave||5/31/2017||10/2/2017||Map||Data|
West Branch White River is located in the White River watershed which is 149.81 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily agricultural (39%), forest (30%) and a mix of wetland (22%) and other uses (8%). This watershed has 156.65 stream miles, 1,017.38 lake acres and 18,495.17 wetland acres.
Nonpoint Source Characteristics
This watershed is ranked Not Ranked for runoff impacts on streams, Not Ranked for runoff impacts on lakes and High for runoff impacts on groundwater and therefore has an overall rank of High. 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.