Impaired Water - Staples Lake (Staples Lake)
Barron, Polk County, Wisconsin
SC06
2631200
339.57
Water is impaired due to one or more pollutants and associated quality impacts.
Notes
Staples Lake was evaluated for phosphorus and algae every two years between 2014 and 2022. Phosphorus levels were found to be too high during and after the 2018 cycle, which was reflected in algal blooms. This lake is covered by a restoration plan: Implementation Plan for the Lake St. Croix Nutrient Total Maximum Daily Load (expires 2025). Staples Lake is on the Impaired Waters List.
Listing Details
Pollutant
Total Phosphorus
Listed For
Recreation
Impairments
Eutrophication, Excess Algal Growth
Current Use
Restricted Recreation
Listing Status
303d Listed
Attainable Use
Full Body Contact - Swimming, Boating
Priority
Low
Designated Use
Full Body Contact - Swimming, Boating
303(d) ID
2018-272
Listing Date
4/1/2018
Impaired Water Notes
This water was assessed during the 2018 listing cycle; new total phosphorus sample data overwhelmingly exceeded 2018 WisCALM listing thresholds for the Recreation use and Fish and Aquatic Life use, and chlorophyll data also exceeded REC and FAL thresholds.
Date
8/3/2017

Impaired Water Notes
This water was assessed during the 2022 listing cycle; new total phosphorus sample data overwhelmingly exceeded 2022 WisCALM listing thresholds for the Recreation use and Fish and Aquatic Life use, and chlorophyll data also exceeded REC and FAL thresholds. Evaluation of aquatic plant communities found them to be in good condition. Based on this information no listing changes were made.
Date
4/14/2021