Fish and Aquatic Life
South Fork Kinnickinnic River , in the Kinnickinnic River Watershed, is a 8.84 mile river that falls in Pierce County. This river is a Class II Trout Water under the Fisheries Program. This river is managed for fishing and swimming and is currently not considered impaired.
Author Aquatic Biologist
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'.
Sewer Service Area Planning
Sewer Service Area Committee (SSAC) consisting of members of the City of River Falls, Counties ofSt.Croix and Pierce, Towns ofTroy, Kinnickinnic, River Falls, and Clifton, and the Wisconsin Department ofNatural Resources, have undertaken the necessary planning process to prepare the River Falls Sewer Service Area Water Quality Management Plan, 2000 -2020
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|
|2603100||South Fork Kinnickinnic River||483070||Kinnickinnic River South Fork - Uwrf||5/15/1996||9/11/2017||Map||Data|
|2603100||South Fork Kinnickinnic River||10040611||South Fork of Kinnickinnic River on UWRF Campus||6/3/2007||6/3/2007||Map||Data|
|2603100||South Fork Kinnickinnic River||10011412||South Fork Kinnickinnic River - 3- S.F. Kinni River. 900th St. Bridge||Map||Data|
|2603100||South Fork Kinnickinnic River||10011437||South Fork Kinnickinnic River - 4- S.F. Kinni River. 850th St. Bridge||Map||Data|
|2603100||South Fork Kinnickinnic River||483032||Kinnickinnic River South Fork - Sth 35 T27r18w Sec7||Map||Data|
|2603000||Kinnickinnic Pond, Lower||10004766||Lower Kinnickinnic Pond||8/7/2001||8/14/2015||Map||Data|
|2603100||South Fork Kinnickinnic River||10011409||South Fork Kinnickinnic River - 1-S.F Kinni River. Hwy 29/35 Bridge||10/10/1995||7/2/2012||Map||Data|
|2603100||South Fork Kinnickinnic River||10011410||2- S.F. Kinnickinnic River - Wasson Ln. Bridge||5/10/1979||11/1/1979||Map||Data|
|2603100||South Fork Kinnickinnic River||10020994||South Fork Kinnickinnic- Station 3c- Upstream Of Dnr Parking Lot Off Sth 29||Map||Data|
|2603100||South Fork Kinnickinnic River||10012010||Cr. 5-15. 50' U.S. Of Mouth ||Map||Data|
|2603100||South Fork Kinnickinnic River||10014188||3b Benedict'S S.F. Kinni - (E. Of 900th St)||Map||Data|
|2603100||South Fork Kinnickinnic River||10021172||2b- Top Of Riffle ~20 Feet U.S. Of Dnr Property Boundary (S. Of Sth 29 W. Of 900th St.) ||Map||Data|
South Fork Kinnickinnic River is located in the Kinnickinnic River watershed which is 206.08 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily agricultural (69%), forest (17%) and a mix of suburban (9%) and other uses (5%). This watershed has 283.63 stream miles, 508.55 lake acres and 1,305.73 wetland acres.
Nonpoint Source Characteristics
This watershed is ranked High 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.