Fish and Aquatic Life
Lowell Millpond is an impoundment on the Beaver Dam River created by an 11-foot dam. The original dam was built in 1846 to power a grist mill; it is now owned and operated by the Village of Lowell. Water quality in the millpond is poor and rough fish predominate. The village has hired a consultant to investigate means to repair the dam and dredge the millpond.
Author Aquatic Biologist
Source: 1965, Surface Water Resources of Dodge County Lowell Millpond T10N, R14E, S15
A shallow, turbid impoundment of the Beaver Dam River created by an 11-foot dam. The original dam and gristmill were erected in 1846, and in the ensuing 118 years siltation has claimed 3/4 of the original depth. The fishery is limited to carp, bullheads, suckers and an occasional northern pike. A 4-acre parcel of village-owned land encompasses the damsite, which includes an unimproved fire truck lane which could be used to launch a boat. Nearby parking is not available. Drawdown, chemical treatment and dredging could again make the pond habitable for fish; but lasting benefits would be lacking unless the project was accompanied by watershed rehabilitation.
Surface Acres = 30, S.D.F. = 2.74, Maximum Depth = 3 feet
Author Surface Water Inventory Of Wisconsin
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.
Dodge County Planning & Development Department is interested in revising the Dodge County Shoreland Zoning Regulations and adopting a "waterway" classification system to better regulate and manage the county's water resources.
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
|WBIC||Official Waterbody Name||Station ID||Station Name||Earliest Fieldwork Date||Latest Fieldwork Date||View Station||View Data|
|833200||Lowell Millpond||10022263||Lowell Millpond||7/25/2004||9/12/2010||Map||Data|
Lowell Millpond is located in the Beaver Dam River watershed which is 290.25 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily agricultural (62.90%), wetland (13.80%) and a mix of grassland (9.50%) and other uses (13.90%). This watershed has 421.30 stream miles, 3,607.03 lake acres and 29,349.96 wetland acres.
Nonpoint Source Characteristics
This watershed is ranked Not Available for runoff impacts on streams, Not Available 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.However, all waters are affected by diffuse pollutant sources regardless of initial water quality. Applications for specific runoff projects under state or county grant programs may be pursued. For more information, go to surface water program grants.