Fish and Aquatic Life
Emerson Lake, also known as Humbird Pond, is a 33 acre impoundment of the East Fork Halls Creek. Recent water quality information has not been collected from this waterbody.
Author Aquatic Biologist
Emerson Lake is a soft water, drainage impoundment on the east fork of Halls Creek. The dam has a 14-foot head and is owned by Mentor Township. The water is slightly acid, appears turbid much of the time, and has a low transparency. Largemouth bass, bluegill, pumpkinseed, black crappie, white crappie, perch, bullhead, white sucker, and carp are present. The latter species present a management problem. There is one county-owned boat launching site and parking area. The flowage is located within the Humbird village limits. No waterfowl or furbearers were observed during sampling, but the former may visit the water during their migration periods.
Source: 1965, Surface Water Resources of Clark County Emerson Lake T24N, R4W, S29 Surface Acres = 35, S.D.F. = 1.71, Known Maximum Depth = 9 feet.
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|
|1712800||Emerson Lake (Humbird Pond)||10014944||Emerson Lake_General Lake Station||Map||Data|
|1712800||Emerson Lake (Humbird Pond)||10030959||Emerson Lake -- Ramp off Main St||Map||Data|
|1712800||Emerson Lake (Humbird Pond)||104001||Emerson Lake - Emerson Lake||8/9/1979||8/9/1979||Map||Data|
|1712800||Emerson Lake (Humbird Pond)||100844||Emerson Lake||7/12/2003||10/3/2016||Map||Data|
Emerson Lake (Humbird Pond) is located in the Halls Creek watershed which is 115.13 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily forest (59%), agricultural (27.80%) and a mix of grassland (6.60%) and other uses (6.60%). This watershed has 214.37 stream miles, 148.87 lake acres and 7,228.50 wetland acres.
Nonpoint Source Characteristics
This watershed is ranked High for runoff impacts on streams, Not Available for runoff impacts on lakes and Medium for runoff impacts on groundwater and therefore has an overall rank of Medium. 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.