Fish and Aquatic Life
This small three-mile long tributary to the Little Platte River fl ows through a highly pastured corridor. A 2009 survey at Pine Grove Road showed a fair assemblage of coolwater transitional species. Biologists felt there should be perhaps a few more species indigenous to the area present in the stream. Still, it scored “fair” on the coolwater index of biotic integrity.
The bottom was rubble/cobble and broken bedrock. Streambank pasturing has led to some trampled banks and there are some raw, slumping outside banks. Heavy rainfall and runoff events over the past two years has scoured the bottom and redistributed coarse material on inside bends.
Author James Amrhein
A small spring-fed stream entering the Little Platte River from the north two miles west of Platteville. Bank erosion, siltation. and feedlot runoff are major use problems in this watershed. Rubble is the predominant bottom type. No sport fishery exists and only a small forage fish population is present. A few muskrats and puddle ducks occasiortally visit the stream. Excellent habitat for white-tailed deer and ruffed grouse is found in the lower reaches. Three bridge crossings and the Little Platte River are possible points of access. Four rural dwellings adjoin the stream.
From: Smith, Tom D., and Ball, Joseph R., Lake and Stream Classification Project. Surface Water Resources of Grant County, Department of Natural Resources, 1972. Surface Area = 2.06 acres, Length = 3.4 miles, Gradient = 24 ft./mile, Flow = 1.6 c.f.s.
Author Aquatic Biologist
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|
|946400||Young Br||223343||Young Branch at Pine Grove Road||5/21/2001||1/1/2015||Map||Data|
Young Br is located in the Little Platte River watershed which is 154.94 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily agricultural (46.20%), grassland (38%) and a mix of forest (10.40%) and other uses (5.50%). This watershed has 389.19 stream miles, 19.99 lake acres and 585.06 wetland acres.
Nonpoint Source Characteristics
This watershed is ranked High 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.