Watershed - South Fork Hay River (LC06)
South Fork Hay River Watershed

Details

The watershed drains gently rolling agricultural and wooded lands and features a number of cold water streams. Ths watershed contains eight Class I and 25 Class II trout streams. Fish surveys documented both brook and brown trout in the streams, however brook trout dominate the cold water fishery. Water resource problems documented during the appraisal include streambank erosion, sedimentation of riffle and pool areas, organic and nutrient loading from animal waste and elevated stream temperatures. The straightening of streams and beaver dams are detrimental to some streams in this watershed.

Date  1996

Ecological Landscapes for South Fork Hay River Watershed

Ecological Landscapes

The South Fork Hay River Watershed is located primarily in the Western Coulee and Ridges Ecological Landscape in southwestern and west central Wisconsin which is characterized by its highly eroded, driftless topography and relatively extensive forested landscape. Soils are silt loams (loess) and sandy loams over sandstone residuum over dolomite. Several large rivers including the Wisconsin, Mississippi, Chippewa, Kickapoo and Black flow through or border the Ecological Landscape. Historical vegetation consisted of southern hardwood forests, oak savanna, scattered prairies, and floodplain forests and marshes along the major rivers. With Euro-American settlement, most of the land on ridgetops and valley bottoms was cleared of oak savanna, prairie, and level forest for agriculture. The steep slopes between valley bottom and ridgetop, unsuitable for raising crops, grew into oak-dominated forests after the ubiquitous presettlement wildfires were suppressed. Current vegetation is a mix of forest (40%), agriculture, and grassland with some wetlands in the river valleys. The primary forest cover is oak-hickory (51%) dominated by oak species and shagbark hickory. Maple-basswood forests (28%), dominated by sugar maple, basswood and red maple, are common in areas that were not subjected to repeated presettlement wildfires. Bottomland hardwoods (10%) are common in the valley bottoms of major rivers and are dominated by silver maple, ashes, elms, cottonwood, and red maple. Relict conifer forests including white pine, hemlock and yellow birch are a rarer natural community in the cooler, steep, north slope microclimates.

Date  2010

South Fork Hay River Watershed At-a-Glance

Impaired Water in South Fork Hay River Watershed
River and Stream QualityAll Waters in Watershed

The South Fork of the Hay River watershed was selected in October, 1993, as a large-scale priority watershed project under the Wisconsin Nonpoint Source Water Pollution Abatement Program. A water resource appraisal initiated in March, 1994 and was completed in March, 1995. Monitoring consisted of fish surveys, macroinvertebrate sampling, temperature monitoring and habitat assessment. Water quality monitoring and a rooted aquatic plant survey were also conducted on Glen Lake.

Date  1996

Watershed Trout Streams
Watershed Outstanding & Exceptional Resources

Lakes and Impoundments

Impaired Waters

List of Impaired Waters
Watershed Grants
Grant Details
Small Scale Lake Planning
Date
4/1/2010
Waters Involved
Beaver Creek
Status
Complete

St. Croix County: Glen Lake Map: The St. Croix Co. Parks Dept. proposes to contract for creation of a bathymetric map of Glen Lake in St. Croix Co. and a map of the surrounding region. Major project elements to include: 1) Data collection, 2) Map development, 3) Printing and distribution.


Grant Details
Small Scale Lake Planning
Date
4/1/2010
Waters Involved
Glen Lake
Status
Complete

St. Croix County: Glen Lake Map: The St. Croix Co. Parks Dept. proposes to contract for creation of a bathymetric map of Glen Lake in St. Croix Co. and a map of the surrounding region. Major project elements to include: 1) Data collection, 2) Map development, 3) Printing and distribution.


Monitoring & Projects

Projects including grants, restoration work and studies shown below have occurred in this watershed. Click the links below to read through the text. While these are not an exhaustive list of activities, they provide insight into the management activities happening in this watershed.

Grants and Management Projects
South Fork Hay River Watershed
Watershed Recommendations
Hire County Aquatic Invasives Coordinator
 
Date
Status
Hire Aquatic Invasives (AIS) County Coordinator - Barron
1/1/2011
Not Proposed
Projects
 
Monitor Fish Tissue
Confirm FCA: IW pre-2000 data
Date
Status
11/8/2011
Proposed
Projects
 
Monitor Water Quality or Sediment
South Fork Hay River TP
Date
Status
Category 2. 2018 TP Results: May Exceed. Station: 10010864. AU: 15722.
1/1/2018
Proposed
Projects
 
Restore Wetlands
 
Date
Status
Wetland protection and restoration should continue for habitat conservation, wildlife production, and water quality improvements.
10/6/2010
Proposed
 
South Fork Hay River WatershedWatershed History Note