The South Fork of the Hay River (From 1390th Ave. upstream to Barron-Dunn Co. line) was assessed during the 2018 listing cycle; 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 not considered impaired.
Author Amanda Smith
The South Fork of the Hay River (From STH 79 upstream to 110th St.) was assessed during the 2018 listing cycle; total phosphorus sample data nearly exceeded the 2018 WisCALM listing thresholds for the Fish and Aquatic Life use. 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). This water was meeting this designated use and not considered impaired.
Author Amanda Smith
The 2018 assessments of the South Fork Hay River (From mouth upstream to STH 79) showed impairment by phosphorus; new total phosphorus sample data exceeded the 2018 WisCALM listing criteria for the Fish and Aquatic Life use. However, 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 most updated information, this water was proposed for the impaired waters list.
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 Water Quality or Sediment
Category 2. 2018 TP Results: May Exceed. Station: 10010864. AU: 15722.
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|
|2070100||South Fork Hay River||173245||Hay River South Fork - South Fork Hay River (Bridge)||6/10/2003||9/29/2015||Map||Data|
|2070100||South Fork Hay River||10010735||South Fork Hay River - South Fork River Station 4 Sth 79||Map||Data|
|2070100||South Fork Hay River||10028975||SOUTH FORK HAY RIVER- STATION 2C- off dry run (WBIC 5009219) south of CTH N and west of 330th St.||1/1/2015||1/1/2015||Map||Data|
|2070100||South Fork Hay River||10011716||South Fork Hay River - 3b-South Fork Hay River. 950' U.S. Of Cth N||Map||Data|
|2070100||South Fork Hay River||10010047||South Fork Hay River - South Fork Hay River Remap 135-X||Map||Data|
|2070100||South Fork Hay River||10011713||South Fork Hay River 2a||Map||Data|
|2070100||South Fork Hay River||10010722||S. Fork Hay River 1 Cth F||10/6/1998||10/16/2016||Map||Data|
|2070100||South Fork Hay River||10011010||South Fork Hay River - South Fork Hay River 3 Cth N||Map||Data|
|2070100||South Fork Hay River||10011708||South Fork Hay River - 1b- 950' U.S. of Cth F||Map||Data|
|2070100||South Fork Hay River||173244||Hay River South Fork - South Fork Hay River||6/10/2003||10/9/2003||Map||Data|
|2070100||South Fork Hay River||10010062||South Fork Hay River - South Fork Hay River Remap 135-B||Map||Data|
|2070100||South Fork Hay River||10011715||South Fork Hay River 2b - 900 U.S. Of 2a||Map||Data|
South Fork Hay River is located in the Hay River watershed which is 289.60 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily agricultural (50%), forest (35%) and a mix of suburban (6%) and other uses (9%). This watershed has 516.98 stream miles, 2,647.38 lake acres and 15,179.56 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.