Fish and Aquatic Life
Source: 1971, Surface Water Resources of Pierce County Spring Valley Lake, T27N, R15W, S31
This hard water, drainage impoundment is located on the Eau Galle River at Spring Valley. The water is clear, alkaline, and has a medium transparency. The dam is a flood control structure, having a conservation pool, built and owned by the Flood Control Act of 1958. It has a height of 127 feet. The impoundment has a flood control pool area of 1,040 acres. It is managed for largemouth bass and bluegill. All the land around the flowage is in public ownership. At present, access is possible from two roads ending at the lake--County Trunk Highway "NN" from the north and a town road from the west. Recreation areas have been planned but as yet are undeveloped. As this is a new impoundment, it is difficult to know the wildlife potential; however, it is expected that muskrat will eventually be significant, that migrating puddle and diving ducks will use the water, and the broods of mallard, teal, and wood duck will be raised at the flowage.
Surface Acres = 126.4, S.D.F. = 2.34, Maximum Depth = 29 feet
Author Surface Water Inventory Of Wisconsin
Eau Galle Recreation Area 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 beach was meeting this designated use and was 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
|WBIC||Official Waterbody Name||Station ID||Station Name||Earliest Fieldwork Date||Latest Fieldwork Date||View Station||View Data|
|2059800||Lake George||10004763||George Lake||5/24/1995||8/19/2017||Map||Data|
|2059800||Lake George||10017344||George Lake - Eau Galle Recreation Beach||5/21/2007||8/3/2020||Map||Data|
Lake George is located in the Eau Galle River watershed which is 267.88 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily agricultural (40.60%), forest (31%) and a mix of grassland (22.40%) and other uses (6.10%). This watershed has 519.34 stream miles, 251.50 lake acres and 3,943.12 wetland acres.
Nonpoint Source Characteristics
This watershed is ranked High 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.