Fish and Aquatic Life
This is a high quality Class I trout feeder that flows into the Brunsweiler River in Ashland County. The stream originates in Beaver Lake and picks up spring water before flowing through Seitz Lake, which also contributes spring water. The stream's tributaries also support trout. Brook trout are numerous. Near the stream's outlet, a few warmer water species exist, including perch, bluegills and pumpkinseeds. A three-foot water control structure occurs where a federal fish hatchery once operated.
While the dam still exists, there is no flowage behind and this is a high stream gradient riffle area. Most of the streambank is in upland hardwoods, with some tag alder swamp borders. The stream has a number of gravel spawning areas and in-stream cover was improved in the 1960s by state and federal resource management projects. Muskrat and nesting ducks are present in the upper reaches. A good portion of streambank is in Chequamegon National Forest ownership.
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 2016 . See also 'monitoring' and 'projects'.
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|
|2915200||Spring Brook||10008020||Spring Brook at Wahoo confluence Station 1||9/21/2000||9/21/2000||Map||Data|
|2915200||Spring Brook||10021813||Spring Brook - Upstream Wolanek Rd||11/8/2007||1/1/2015||Map||Data|
|2915200||Spring Brook||10008028||Springbrook Creek Station # 2-Mineral Lake Rd||9/21/2000||9/21/2000||Map||Data|
Fish IBI value from 2013 at Spring Brook - Upstream Wolanek Rd was indicated as fair.
Author Lisa Helmuth
Spring Brook is located in the Marengo River watershed which is 217.53 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily forest (67.40%), wetland (15.30%) and a mix of grassland (11.60%) and other uses (5.70%). This watershed has 450.89 stream miles, 1,497.18 lake acres and 18,112.32 wetland acres.
Nonpoint Source Characteristics
This watershed is ranked Medium for runoff impacts on streams, Not Available for runoff impacts on lakes and Low for runoff impacts on groundwater and therefore has an overall rank of Low. 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.