Fish and Aquatic Life
, in the Prairie River Watershed, is a 20.13 acre lake that falls in Langlade County. This lake is an outstanding/exceptional resource water under NR102 under the Fisheries Program. This lake is managed for fishing and swimming and is currently not considered impaired.
Author Aquatic Biologist
Source: 1977, Surface Water Resources of Langlade County
Stevens Pond T-34-N, R-9-E, Sec. 8,
Surface Acres = 20.4, Maximum Depth = 6 feet, Secchi Disk = 3 feet
A medium hard water spring pond having slightly alkaline,
light brown water of low transparency. The immediate shoreline is
wetland (65%) of meadow, shrub, and marsh, and hardwood upland
(35%). The littoral materials are composed of muck (60%), silt
(30%), sand (8%), and gravel (2%). The pond reportedly has a fish
population of both native and stocked brook trout, white sucker,
and golden shiner. Nesting mallards and wood duck use this spring
pond. Submergent aquatic vegetation is dense, while floating
vegetation is moderate and emergent vegetation is sparse. The
inlet and outlet are a part of Stevens Creek which is tributary to
the Prairie River. A six-foot high water control structure at the
outlet maintains the water level in this pond. Two dwellings are
located on the immediate shoreline. Public access of the
wilderness type is possible across county land. A total of 0.06
mile of the pond's 2.20 miles of shoreline is public frontage on
Langlade County Forest land.
Author Surface Water Inventory Of Wisconsin
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'.
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
|Project Name (Click for Details)||Year Started|
|WBIC||Official Waterbody Name||Station ID||Station Name||Earliest Fieldwork Date||Latest Fieldwork Date||View Station||View Data|
|1491900||Stevens Pond||10003244||Stevens Pond||7/27/1999||10/3/2012||Map||Data|
Stevens Pond is located in the Prairie River watershed which is 263.99 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily forest (56%), wetland (23%) and a mix of agricultural (11%) and other uses (9%). This watershed has 273.14 stream miles, 2,082.78 lake acres and 34,162.59 wetland acres.
Nonpoint Source Characteristics
This watershed is ranked Medium for runoff impacts on streams, Medium 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.