Fish and Aquatic Life
The West Branch of the Eau Claire River flows for 32 miles in Langlade County before its confluence with the East Brnach. The general condition of the stream is unknown at this time, but the water has been designated as a Class II trout stream.
Author Aquatic Biologist
A stream surve conducted by Fisheries Management indicated streambank pasturing was destroying fish habitat and increasing in-stream sedimentation.
Author Aquatic Biologist
The West Branch of the Eau Claire River (From headwaters to State Highway 64) was assessed during the 2018 listing cycle; total phosphorus sample data clearly exceeded the 2018 WisCALM listing thresholds for the Fish and Aquatic Life use. Available biological data indicated impairment (i.e. at least one macroinvertebrate or fish Index of Biotic Integrity (IBI) scored in the "poor" condition category). This water was not meeting this designated use and was considered impaired. No listing change was needed to this already impaired water.
Author Amanda Smith
West Branch Eau Claire River (1445700) from its headwaters to State Highway 64 was placed on the impaired waters list for total phosphorus in 2014. The 2016 assessments showed continued impairment by phosphorus; total phosphorus sample data exceeded 2016 WisCALM listing criteria for the Fish and Aquatic Life use. Based on the most updated information, no change in existing impaired waters listing is needed.
Author Aaron Larson
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|
|1445700||West Branch Eau Claire River||10021454||West Branch Eau Claire River - 714m Below Highland Ave||Map||Data|
|1445700||West Branch Eau Claire River||10021467||West Branch Eau Claire River Slough And Black Brook - 75m Above West Branch Eau Claire River Channel||1/1/2015||1/1/2015||Map||Data|
|1445700||West Branch Eau Claire River||10021448||West Branch Eau Claire River - 45m Above Sth 64||1/1/2015||1/1/2015||Map||Data|
West Branch Eau Claire River is located in the Upper Eau Claire River watershed which is 221.36 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily forest (46%), wetland (23%) and a mix of agricultural (23%) and other uses (7%). This watershed has stream miles, lake acres and 40,234.77 wetland acres.
Nonpoint Source Characteristics
This watershed is ranked High for runoff impacts on streams, Low 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.