Brown, Oconto, Shawano
Fish and Aquatic Life
Little Suamico River, in the Suamico and Little Suamico Rivers Watershed, is a 23.85 mile river that falls in Brown, Oconto and Shawano Counties. This river is managed for fishing and swimming and is currently not considered impaired.
Author Aquatic Biologist
Little Suamico River (411800) was placed on the impaired waters list for total phosphorus in 2014. The 2016 assessments showed continued impairment by phosphorus; total phosphorus sample data exceed 2016 WisCALM listing criteria for the Fish and Aquatic Life use. This water was also assessed for chlorides and sample data did not exceed 2016 WisCALM chronic and acute listing criteria for the Fish and Aquatic Life use. Based on the most updated information, no change in existing impaired waters listing is needed.
Author Aaron Larson
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 2018. See also the 'monitoring and projects' tab.
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 or implementation of a Total Maximum Daily Load analysis, a Nine Key Element Plan, or other restoration work, education and outreach and more. If specific recommendations exist for this water, they will be displayed below online.
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|
|411800||Little Suamico River||433308||Little Suamico River at Cth C||4/5/1993||9/13/1993||Map||Data|
|411800||Little Suamico River||10020770||Little Suamico-Schwartz Rd.||Map||Data|
|411800||Little Suamico River||10040713||Little Suamico River 3m US Jaworski Rd||7/8/2013||1/1/2015||Map||Data|
|411800||Little Suamico River||10004141||Little Suamico River - 05 L Suamico||Map||Data|
|411800||Little Suamico River||10016492||Little Suamico River - Cth J Downstream Of Bridge About75 Feet||6/12/1980||4/5/1993||Map||Data|
|411800||Little Suamico River||10034595||Little Suamico River-West of Cty J||5/14/2011||3/15/2012||Map||Data|
|411800||Little Suamico River||433068||Little Suamico River at Cross Rd Sobieski||9/13/1993||1/1/2015||Map||Data|
|411800||Little Suamico River||10004150||Little Suamico River - 20 River Road||Map||Data|
|411800||Little Suamico River||10009971||Little Suamico River - Little Suamico River at Cross Rd||6/12/1980||4/24/2003||Map||Data|
|411800||Little Suamico River||10032427||Little Suamico River at 1000 ft. west of Pleasant View Dr. Chase||Map||Data|
|411800||Little Suamico River||433062||Little Suamico River -at Cth J||Map||Data|
|411800||Little Suamico River||433066||Little Suamico River at Schwartz Rd||Map||Data|
|411800||Little Suamico River||433067||Little Suamico River at Cth C||Map||Data|
|411800||Little Suamico River||433309||Little Suamico River at Cth J||3/3/1976||1/1/2015||Map||Data|
|411800||Little Suamico River||433065||Little Suamico River at Jaworski Rd||4/26/1990||10/5/2005||Map||Data|
|411800||Little Suamico River||433069||Little Suamico River at Ush 41-141||Map||Data|
|411800||Little Suamico River||10010014||Little Suamico River - Little Suamico Off South Chase Rd.||6/12/1980||1/1/2015||Map||Data|
|411800||Little Suamico River||104426||Little Suamico River||Map||Data|
|411800||Little Suamico River||10034582||Little Suamico River-East of Schwartz Rd.||5/23/2012||5/23/2012||Map||Data|
|411800||Little Suamico River||10041208||Little Suamico River-East of Grosse Rd.||4/16/2013||4/16/2013||Map||Data|
|411800||Little Suamico River||10010103||Little Suamico at Hilbert Rd S of CTH S||1/1/2015||1/1/2015||Map||Data|
|411800||Little Suamico River||10034570||Little Suamico River-West of Schwartz Rd.||6/10/2011||6/10/2011||Map||Data|
Little Suamico River is located in the Suamico and Little Suamico Rivers watershed which is 171.78 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily agricultural (41.10%), wetland (20.10%) and a mix of forest (15.70%) and other uses (23.20%). This watershed has 340.92 stream miles, 10,769.31 lake acres and 15,918.95 wetland acres.
Nonpoint Source Characteristics
This watershed is ranked High for runoff impacts on streams, Not Ranked for runoff impacts on lakes and High for runoff impacts on groundwater and therefore has an overall rank of High. This value can be used in ranking the watershed or individual waterbodies for grant funding under state and county programs.This water is ranked High Stream for individual Rivers based on runoff problems and the likelihood of success from project implementation.