Fish and Aquatic Life
The Plover River is classified as a warm water game fishery below STH 153 and Class I, II, and III trout waters above HWY 153. Fishery surveys, completed in 2000, found localized low density trout populations below STH 153. Recent surveys also indicated that warm water temperatures and poor habitat conditions impact mid-portions of the river. This section of the river is very wide and shallow, lacking pools, riffles and sufficient fish cover. Excessive nutrients and sediment were also recorded. Portions of the stream are suitable for stream habitat improvement. Trout Unlimited and the Department are proposing to complete in-stream habitat work down to STH 153 within the next ten years.
Biotic index values on samples taken from the Plover River have indicated excellent, good and fair water quality. A stream survey conducted in 1978, indicated cattle were impacting certain sections of the river. Both streambank pasturing and animal waste run-off occurred at that time. The Plover River watershed is also susceptible to both wind and water soil erosion (Shelbrack). The Jordan Project, a hydroelectric project, (FERC No. 10903) is located on the river.
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'.
Monitor to Evaluate Stream Baseflow
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|
|1402800||Plover River||373232||Plover River at Cth Hh||9/2/1975||12/2/1975||Map||Data|
Plover River is located in the Plover and Little Plover Rivers watershed which is 202.19 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily forest (37%), agricultural (36%) and a mix of wetland (15%) and other uses (12%). This watershed has stream miles, lake acres and 22,761.70 wetland acres.
Nonpoint Source Characteristics
This watershed is ranked Medium for runoff impacts on streams, Medium 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.