Fish and Aquatic Life
Flowages on the Yellow River are shallow and highly eutrophc. The Yellow River drains to the
Red Cedar River. The upper portion of the Yellow River supports trout.
The model originally used for the watershed assessment provided estimates of sediment loading only
for upland fields. Models now available also allow the estimation of phosphorus loading, as well as
sediment loading, from these sites.
Jerome Foods Inc. has a surface water discharge from its aerated lagoon treatment system to the
Yellow River. Ths facility also discharges to groundwater through seepage cells. The reissued
permit will implement the phosphorus removal requirements of NR 217 Wis. Adm. Codes.
Northern Sofi Water operates a water softening business in Barron. When the permit application
and monitoring data are submitted for a discharge to the Yellow River, appropriate limitations will
be imposed to control chlorides and total dissolved solids in the discharge
Author Aquatic Biologist
The Yellow River (from northern boundary of S18, T35N, R13W upstream to CTH B) 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
Yellow River (WBIC 2096100) from approximately 100 yards west of Mill St. to Cth B 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
The Yellow River (from mouth upstream to approximately 100 yards west of Mill St.)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 did not indicate impairment (i.e. no macroinvertebrate or fish Index of Biotic Integrity (IBI) scored in the "poor" condition category). Chloride data clearly met thresholds. 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
Yellow River (2096100), from mouth upstream to approximately 100 yards west of Mill St., was placed on the impaired waters list for total phosphorus in 2012. The 2016 assessments showed continued impairment by phosphorus; total phosphorus sample data exceed 2016 WisCALM listing criteria for the Fish and Aquatic Life use, however, available biological data do not indicate impairment (i.e. no macroinvertebrate or fish Index of Biotic Integrity (IBI) scored in the "poor" condition category). This water was also assessed for chlorides and sample data did not exceed 2016 WisCALM chronic and acute 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'.
Review, Update Use Designation
Trout water changed from Class I to a Class II water. Should evaluate issues related to NR102.
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
|WBIC||Official Waterbody Name||Station ID||Station Name||Earliest Fieldwork Date||Latest Fieldwork Date||View Station||View Data|
|2096100||Yellow River||033085||Yellow River - Sec 5 T34n R12w||5/18/1979||7/20/1998||Map||Data|
|2096100||Yellow River||10016497||Yellow River ~1500ft US 15th Ave||5/27/1998||10/5/1998||Map||Data|
|2096100||Yellow River||10011468||Yellow River at 16th Ave||1/1/2015||1/1/2015||Map||Data|
|2096100||Yellow River||033116||Yellow River at 16 Ave N Ylw-T3||3/15/1990||11/10/1998||Map||Data|
|2096100||Yellow River||10022763||Yellow River at 18th Ave.||1/1/2015||1/1/2015||Map||Data|
|2096100||Yellow River||10040135||Yellow River 900ft NE of 16 1/2 Ave||7/31/2013||7/31/2013||Map||Data|
Yellow River is located in the Yellow River watershed which is 239.35 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily agricultural (57%), forest (28%) and a mix of suburban (7%) and other uses (8%). This watershed has 415.31 stream miles, 2,929.80 lake acres and 11,565.29 wetland acres.
Nonpoint Source Characteristics
This watershed is ranked High 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.