Fish and Aquatic Life
The Middle Branch Embarrass River has its origin in Langlade County, and flows south and westward through Shawano County. The river has excellent water quality as indicated by its Hilsenhoff Biotic Index scores. The river provides excellent fisheries habitat. There is some pasturing of cattle along the streambanks. The village of Wittenberg, in Shawano County, is in the process of upgrading its wastewater treatment facility from a groundwater discharge to a surface water discharge to the Middle Branch Embarrass River.
From: Bougie, Cheryl A., Kosmond, Lisa D, and Watermolen, Dreux J. 1996. Wolf River Basin Water Quality Management Plan. Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Madison, WI.
Author Cheryl Bougie
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|
|310700||Middle Br Embarrass River||10029864||Mid Branch Embarass River - US Sugar Bush Rd||Map||Data|
|310700||Middle Br Embarrass River||10038697||Middle Branch Embarrass River at White Birch||Map||Data|
|310700||Middle Br Embarrass River||10020848||Mid. Br. Embarrass R.-Eland Rd. Below Bridge 50 Feet Above Confluence With Packard Cr.||Map||Data|
|310700||Middle Br Embarrass River||10022873||Middle Branch Embarrass River-Above Huggins Road||7/8/2005||7/8/2005||Map||Data|
|310700||Middle Br Embarrass River||10030462||Middle Branch Embarrass River 10M Upstream of CTH Z culvert||8/12/2009||9/28/2009||Map||Data|
|310700||Middle Br Embarrass River||10044930||Middle Branch Embarass River at Robin Lane||Map||Data|
|310700||Middle Br Embarrass River||10022872||Middle Branch Embarrass River-Below Huggins Road||Map||Data|
|310700||Middle Br Embarrass River||10032042||Middle Branch Embarrass River 400 m north (upstream) from Elm Rd.||10/13/2009||10/13/2009||Map||Data|
|310700||Middle Br Embarrass River||10034823||Middle Branch Embarrass River at Church Rd||Map||Data|
|310700||Middle Br Embarrass River||10038695||Middle Branch Embarrass River at Hwy Z||Map||Data|
|310700||Middle Br Embarrass River||10038700||Middle Branch Embarrass River at Cherry Rd||Map||Data|
|310700||Middle Br Embarrass River||10049033||Middle Branch Embarrass River - Bear Lake Rd.||7/8/2005||10/8/2006||Map||Data|
|310700||Middle Br Embarrass River||10013550||Middle Branch Embarrass River-Hwy Z Upstream To Spring Pond||Map||Data|
|310700||Middle Br Embarrass River||10038702||Middle Branch of Embarrass River at Cty N||8/3/2005||8/3/2005||Map||Data|
|310700||Middle Br Embarrass River||10014750||Middle Branch Embarrass River at River Rd.||Map||Data|
|310700||Middle Br Embarrass River||10020876||Mid. Br. Embarrass R.- Hemlock And White Birch Rds.||8/3/2005||10/8/2006||Map||Data|
|310700||Middle Br Embarrass River||10038694||Middle Branch Embarrass River at Riverview Rd South||Map||Data|
|310700||Middle Br Embarrass River||10038703||Middle Branch Embarrass River at Elm Rd||7/8/2005||7/8/2005||Map||Data|
Middle Br Embarrass River is located in the Middle and South Branches Embarrass Rive watershed which is 250.01 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily forest (36%), agricultural (32%) and a mix of wetland (25%) and other uses (6%). This watershed has 273.90 stream miles, 632.66 lake acres and 38,496.80 wetland acres.
Nonpoint Source Characteristics
This watershed is ranked Low for runoff impacts on streams, Not Ranked for runoff impacts on lakes and Medium for runoff impacts on groundwater and therefore has an overall rank of Medium. 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.