Impaired Water - Branch River (Branch River)
Manitowoc County, Wisconsin
MA03
71300
12.41 - 20.15
7.74
Water is impaired due to one or more pollutants and associated quality impacts.
Notes
Branch River was listed for PCBs in 1998. In 2014 and 2018 fish and bug communities were assessed and were in fair to excellent condition. In 2020 an assessment for phosphorus found levels too high for healthy aquatic communities like plants, bugs, and fish. This water was listed for phosphorus in 2020 and confirmed in the 2022 cycle.
Listing Details
Pollutant
Total Phosphorus
Listed For
Fish and Aquatic Life
Impairments
Impairment Unknown
Current Use
FAL - Fish and Aquatic Life Community
Listing Status
303d Listed
Attainable Use
FAL - Fish and Aquatic Life Community
Priority
High
Designated Use
FAL - Fish and Aquatic Life Community
303(d) ID
2020-045
Listing Date
4/1/2020
Impaired Water Notes
This water was assessed during the 2020 listing cycle; new total phosphorus sample data exceed 2020 WisCALM listing criteria for the Fish and Aquatic Life use, however, no biological data (i.e. no macroinvertebrate or fish Index of Biotic Integrity (IBI) scores) were available to assess biological impairment.
Date
7/3/2019

Impaired Water Notes
This water was assessed during the 2022 listing cycle; new total phosphorus sample data exceed 2022 WisCALM listing criteria for the Fish and Aquatic Life use.
Date
5/24/2021

 
Pollutant
PCBs
Listed For
Fish Consumption
Impairments
PCBs Contaminated Fish Tissue
Current Use
Specific Restricted Fish Consumption
Listing Status
303d Listed
Attainable Use
Unrestricted Fish Consumption
Priority
Low
Designated Use
Unrestricted Fish Consumption
303(d) ID
614
Listing Date
4/1/1998
Impaired Water Notes
Correction: County Hwy J to Brown/Manitowoc County line 614 Branch River in Manitowoc only has advice for Lake Michigan species. This site should be dropped and is included or is a duplicate to Lake Michigan (230) . Did not do this in 2008.
Date
4/1/2008

Impaired Water Notes
2004 303d list: "Fish consumption advisory for PCBs likely associated with contaminated sediment in Manitowoc River. Will handle in conjunction with TMDL for Manitowoc River.
Date
4/1/2004