Popple River was assessed during the 2018 listing cycle; new total phosphorus and chloride 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 Targeted Watershed Area (TWA)
Rhinelander Water Resources Biologist and LTEs will review previous data/files and collect biological information (electrofishing surveys & macroinvertebrate samples), qualitative habitat measures, and seasonal continuous temperature monitoring data on 16 proposed stream sites within the Woods Creek Watershed (HUC 12 40301080106) in Florence County, Wisconsin.
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|
|652900||Popple River||193993||Popple River At Morgan Lake Rd Near Fence WI||5/30/1979||10/12/2002||Map||Data|
|652900||Popple River||10020082||Popple River -- Access||Map||Data|
|652900||Popple River||10009257||Popple River: 40 M Upstream Pine River Confluence||Map||Data|
|652900||Popple River||10037284||Popple River -- Access at Washburn Falls Rd||Map||Data|
|652900||Popple River||10020081||Popple River -- Access at Goodman Grade Rd||Map||Data|
|652900||Popple River||10020188||Popple River -- Access||Map||Data|
|652900||Popple River||10030654||Popple River - PE 1A WOODS CREEK PROJECT - 2250' DOWNSTREAM OF EQUIPMENT LANDING||Map||Data|
|652900||Popple River||10012886||Popple River - 658m Below Hwy 101||Map||Data|
|652900||Popple River||10020187||Popple River -- Access at Carry-In Access Along Twin River Rd||Map||Data|
|652900||Popple River||10012887||Popple River - 20m Above Fr2398 (Twin River Rd)||Map||Data|
|652900||Popple River||10019107||Popple River -- Access at STH-101||7/29/2004||8/5/2017||Map||Data|
|652900||Popple River||10037275||Popple River -- Access at W River Rd||Map||Data|
|652900||Popple River||10037278||Popple River -- Access at Morgan Lake Rd / Hwy 139||Map||Data|
|652900||Popple River||193003||Popple River - Near Morgan Lake Rd Fr 2159 (Town Of Fence)||2/14/1994||12/12/2017||Map||Data|
|652900||Popple River||10017236||Popple River-At Sth 139.||5/30/1979||11/6/1979||Map||Data|
|652900||Popple River||10030303||Popple River (ds from Newald Tower Rd)||7/2/2009||1/1/2015||Map||Data|
Popple River is located in the Popple River watershed which is 231.25 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily forest (51%), wetland (40%) and a mix of grassland (3%) and other uses (5%). This watershed has 236.00 stream miles, 1,757.82 lake acres and 35,875.22 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.