Fish and Aquatic Life
Warner Branch, located in central Vernon County, flows in a northwesterly direction for 3.0
miles before reaching Warner Creek. This stream has a gradient of 60 feet per mile and drains
forested hillsides with agricultural activity in both the valleys and ridgetops. Warner Branch is
a Class III trout stream for its entire length.
The most recent survey, conducted in 1990, documented brown trout and numerous forage
fish species. The stream bottom was dominated by sand and gravel. In-stream cover consisted
of undercut banks, overhanging grasses and woody debris. Warner Branch should be
resurveyed after conclusion of the Middle Kickapoo River Priority Watershed Project in 2004.
WDNR records indicate Warner Branch has been regularly stocked with brown trout since
1977. Access to Warner Branch is from three road crossings.
From: Ripp, Coreen, Koperski, Cindy and Folstad, Jason. 2002. The State of the Lower Wisconsin River Basin.
PUBL WT-559-2002. Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Madison, WI.
Author Cynthia Koperski
Warner Branch, T13N, R1W, Section 5. Surface Acres = 2.2, Miles = 3.0, Gradient = 60.0 feet per mile.
This tributary of Warner Creek flows in a northwesterly direction and has clear, hard water. Fish species include white sucker, hog sucker, blacknose dace, stoneroller, fantail darter, Johnny darter and brook stickleback. Rubble and sand are the prominent bottom types, and they are present in about equal amounts. There is also some silt and gravel (in nearly equal amounts) and a little boulder. Access is possible from two road crossings. Muskrats are the only significant wildlife value.
From: Klick, Thomas A. and Threinen, C.W., 1973. Lake and Stream Classification Project. Surface Water Resources of Vernon County, Department of Natural Resources, Madison, WI.
Author Surface Water Inventory Of Wisconsin
Warner Creek (WBIC 1196200) was assessed during the 2018 listing cycle; new biological (fish Index of Biotic Integrity (IBI) scores) 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'.
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|
|1196200||Warner Br||10029596||Warner Branch St. 1 - 2008 along Twin Ash Ave||Map||Data|
|1196200||Warner Br||633177||Warner Branch - Near White City WI||6/21/2001||10/17/2001||Map||Data|
|1196200||Warner Br||10043119||Warner Branch 100 M DS of Maple Ln||Map||Data|
Warner Br is located in the Middle Kickapoo River watershed which is 246.53 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily forest (49%), agricultural (43%) and a mix of suburban (5%) and other uses (3%). This watershed has 585.18 stream miles, 145.14 lake acres and 3,360.69 wetland acres.
Nonpoint Source Characteristics
This watershed is ranked Not Available for runoff impacts on streams, Not Available 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.