Fish and Aquatic Life
Blue Spring Pond, in the Lily River Watershed, is a 1.64 acre springs-lake that falls in Langlade County. This springs-lake is managed for fishing and swimming and is currently not considered impaired.
Author Aquatic Biologist
A medium hard water spring pond having slightly alkaline, light brown water of moderate transparency. The immediate shoreline is predominantly upland (95%) of hardwoods with some cleared land. The remainder is wetland (5%) of shrub and conifer. The bottom materials are composed of silt (60.), sand (15%), gravel (15%), rubble (8%), and boulders (2%). Fish species in this spring pond are unknown, however, trout may be present. Puddle ducks make use of this Spring pond. There are no developments on the shoreline. Public access can be gained from the navigable water channel connecting this spring pond to the Hunting River. The entire 0.22 mile of shoreline is in private ownership. Source: 1977, Surface Water Resources of Langlade County Blue Spring Pond T-33-N, R-II-E, Sec. 3, Surface Acres = 2.0, Maximum Depth = 6 feet, Secchi Disk = TA
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
|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|
|384500||Blue Springs||10014619||Blue Springs||Map||Data|
Blue Springs is located in the Lily River watershed which is 209.47 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily forest (60%), wetland (24%) and a mix of open (5%) and other uses (11%). This watershed has 161.31 stream miles, 4,248.79 lake acres and 18,178.21 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.