Fish and Aquatic Life
Newman Springs, in the Upper South Fork Flambeau River Watershed, is a 6.23 acre springs-lake that falls in Price County. This springs-lake is a Class II Trout Water under the Fisheries Program. This springs-lake is managed for fishing and swimming and is currently not considered impaired.
Author Aquatic Biologist
Source: 1983, Surface Water Resources of Price County,WI: WI-DNR Newman Springs - T40N, R2E, Sec. 14. Surface area = 6.7 acres, maximum depth 15 ft, (MPA = 51 ppm, Secchi disk = bottom Newman Springs is a spring pond with a control structure on the outlet that is used as a northern pike barrier. It has an outlet flow of 0.5 ft(3)/sec and is the headwaters of Newman Creek. Newman Springs was completely dredged in 1971, a new control structure was constructed in 1973, and it was chemically treated in 1974. Its major fishery of brook trout is stocked on an annual basis. Except for the extreme south end of the pond which is upland hardwood, Newman Springs is bordered by a tag alder-leatherleaf bog. It has steep bank along the north and west sides behind the bog. The littoral bottom is 12% gravel and rubble (at the north end of the pond) and the remainder muck and detritus. Aquatic vegetation is scattered throughout the spring pond. A few broods of ducks are raised here each year, and other ducks use the springs during their migrations. Beaver have also been known to use the pond. There is no private development as the Chequamegon National Forest owns all the shoreline and provides public access on both the north and south ends of the springs.
Author Surface Water Inventory Of Wisconsin
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|
|2261900||Newman Springs||10005239||Newman Springs||8/29/2000||8/29/2000||Map||Data|
|2261900||Newman Springs||10020331||Newman Springs -- Access||Map||Data|
Newman Springs is located in the Upper South Fork Flambeau River watershed which is 278.98 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily wetland (45%), forest (41%) and a mix of open (6%) and other uses (9%). This watershed has 254.56 stream miles, 8,509.29 lake acres and 63,099.27 wetland acres.
Nonpoint Source Characteristics
This watershed is ranked Not Ranked for runoff impacts on streams, Low 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.