Fish and Aquatic Life
Beaver Brook is a class I trout stream which is impacted by the operation of a cranberry marsh
in the headwaters area. The operation results in fluctuating water levels and temperatures
which may be detrimental to fish.
Author Surface Water Inventory Of Wisconsin
Beaver Brook (WBIC 2681700) from its mouth to the Cranberry bog outlet 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 or implementation of a Total Maximum Daily Load analysis, a Nine Key Element Plan, or other restoration work, education and outreach and more. If specific recommendations exist for this water, they will be displayed below online.
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|
|2681700||Beaver Brook||10014468||Beaver Brook Downstream Of Wildlife Area||7/27/1993||7/27/1993||Map||Data|
|2681700||Beaver Brook||10039065||Purple Loosestrife - NE S5 T38N R12W (site #2)||7/12/2012||7/12/2012||Map||Data|
|2681700||Beaver Brook||663172||Beaver Brook - Cranberry Rd Marsh||7/27/1993||1/1/2015||Map||Data|
|2681700||Beaver Brook||10035077||Beaver Brook - Area of Open Water||7/15/2010||7/15/2010||Map||Data|
|2681700||Beaver Brook||10030469||Beaver Brook at end of trail in oak regeneration||1/1/2015||1/1/2015||Map||Data|
|2681700||Beaver Brook||10039067||Purple Loosestrife - NE of S5 T38N R12 W (site #3)||7/3/2012||7/3/2012||Map||Data|
|2681700||Beaver Brook||10037529||Beaver Brook-Zone II||Map||Data|
|2681700||Beaver Brook||10015774||Beaver Brook - 100 M Upstream Of Baseline Stationstart At Old Fish Crib||10/4/2000||10/4/2000||Map||Data|
|2681700||Beaver Brook||10008083||Beaver Brook||Map||Data|
|2681700||Beaver Brook||10037648||BEAVER BROOK - BELOW OLD CRANBERRY BEDS||1/1/2015||1/1/2015||Map||Data|
|2681700||Beaver Brook||10015263||Beaver Brook Near Parking Lot In Wildlife Area||Map||Data|
Beaver Brook is located in the Shell Lake and Upper Yellow River watershed which is 166.67 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily forest (54%), agricultural (24%) and a mix of open (8%) and other uses (16%). This watershed has 118.54 stream miles, 5,764.04 lake acres and 9,834.60 wetland acres.
Nonpoint Source Characteristics
This watershed is ranked Not Ranked for runoff impacts on streams, Not Ranked 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.