Fish and Aquatic Life
Spauldings Pond, in the Blackhawk Creek Watershed, is a 24.94 acre lake that falls in Rock County. This lake is managed for fishing and swimming and is currently not considered impaired.
Author Aquatic Biologist
Source: 1970, Surface Water Resources of Rock County Spauldings Pond, T3N, R13E, Section 10
A landlocked spring and seepage fed lake managed for bass and panfish. Largemouth bass and green sunfish predominate, but bluegills, bullheads and northern pike are also present. An over-population of panfish has been a recurring management problem. In 1951 the rough fish and stunted panfish population was chemically eradicated. Development includes eight dwellings and a Y.M.C.A. camp on the east shore. The lake receives heavy fishing and boating pressure from the camp. Unimproved public access is by way of a town road at the southern end of the lake. Only 1 acre of wetland adjoins the lake and very few waterfowl are attracted to the area.
Surface Acres = 28, S.D.F. = 1.49, Maximum Depth = 12 feet
Author Surface Water Inventory Of Wisconsin
Spalding Pond Camp Rotamer Beach was assessed for the 2018 listing cycle; E. coli data sample data were clearly below the 2018 WisCALM listing thresholds for the Recreation use. This water was meeting its designated uses and not considered impaired.
Author Ashley Beranek
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|
|780000||Spauldings Pond||543120||Spaulding Pond - Deep Hole||2/15/1974||7/5/2017||Map||Data|
|780000||Spauldings Pond||10046727||Phragmites Occurrence - Spauldings Pond||Map||Data|
|780000||Spauldings Pond||10031038||Spalding Pond Camp Rotamer Beach (littoral)||5/18/2010||8/15/2018||Map||Data|
|780000||Spauldings Pond||101492||Spauldings Pond||7/19/2005||9/22/2017||Map||Data|
Spauldings Pond is located in the Blackhawk Creek watershed which is 108.11 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily agricultural (67.70%), suburban (11.60%) and a mix of urban (7.60%) and other uses (13.10%). This watershed has 94.55 stream miles, 96.88 lake acres and 415.15 wetland acres.
Nonpoint Source Characteristics
This watershed is ranked Low 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.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.