Impaired Water - Big Eau Pleine River (Big Eau Pleine River)
Marathon County, Wisconsin
CW17
1427200
16.61 - 21.84
5.23
Water is impaired due to one or more pollutants and associated quality impacts.
Notes
Big Eau Pleine River suffers from low dissolved oxygen levels due to excess phosphorus. This segment of the Big Eau Pleine River was evaluated for phosphorus and biology every two years between 2012 and 2018. Phosphorus levels were found to be too high. This water is part of the Wisconsin River TMDL.
Listing Details
Pollutant
Total Phosphorus
Listed For
Fish and Aquatic Life
Impairments
Low DO
Current Use
WWSF - Warmwater Sport Fishery
Listing Status
TMDL Approved
Attainable Use
WWSF - Warmwater Sport Fishery
Priority
Not Applicable
Designated Use
WWSF - Warmwater Sport Fishery
303(d) ID
38
Listing Date
4/1/1998
Impaired Water Notes
Changed from low to medium priority
Date
4/1/2008

Impaired Water Notes
The stream suffers from sedimentation and turbidity problems due to excessive run-off in the watershed. High bacteria counts at two county parks have forced swimming beaches to close. We have not determined the sources of the high bacteria, but potential sources include swimmers, septic systems, or animal waste. The Big Eau Pleine River is listed on the EPA 303 (d) list as an impaired waterbody for low dissolved oxygen and high levels of bacteria.
Date
4/22/2011

Impaired Water Notes
This water is part of the 2019 approved Wisconsin River TMDL addressing Total Phosphorus and Total Suspended Solids.
Date
6/7/2019