Fish and Aquatic Life
The Unnamed Tributary to the Fox River (128000) is a 4.26-mile-long small tributary stream to the Fox River. This stream is highly impacted by urban development, hydrologic modification, and alterations to the flow regime due to impervious surfaces in the headwaters. As it approaches the Fox River it flows through agricultural lands. Coincidently, adequate buffers exist in the lower segments since the narrow, steep valley slopes do not allow for farm equipment access.
The fish community is dominated by species tolerant to environmental degradation and the FIBI rated poor at all sites. The habitat scores rated fair to good however portions of the stream in the urbanized headwaters are concrete lined channels. Impervious surfaces and the flashy nature of the stream continue to cause sever bank erosion in the mid to lower reaches of the stream. Total Phosphorous concentrations exceed the State?s water quality criteria for phosphorous and high suspended solids load continue to degrade stream conditions. This stream could be considered listing on the State?s 303(d) list of impaired waterways.
Author Andrew Hudak
Local Water, in the Fox River - Appleton Watershed, is a 4.26 mile river that falls in Outagamie County. This river is managed for fishing and swimming and is currently not considered impaired.
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.
Monitor Water Quality or Sediment
Category 3 water with a single 'Poor' fIBI. Further monitoring recommended. AU: 5690561; Station ID: 10044954
NW NW S19 T21N R18E; Fox River, trib;
SE SE S18 T21N R18E; Fox River, trib;
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|
|117900||Fox River||10038716||FOX RIVER - CEDAR LOCKS (2P1.1)||9/20/1989||9/20/1989||Map||Data|
|128000||Unnamed||10032451||Unnamed Tributary to Fox River at STH 441||Map||Data|
|128000||Unnamed||10044956||UNT to Fox River 180 meters DS CTH-OO||1/1/2015||5/25/2016||Map||Data|
|128000||Unnamed||10044824||UNT to Fox River 50m US Main St (USH 96)||1/1/2015||10/26/2016||Map||Data|
|128000||Unnamed||10044954||UNT to Fox River 15 meters US Pershing Road||1/1/2015||5/25/2016||Map||Data|
|128000||Unnamed||10044955||UNT to Fox River 300 meters DS Pershing Road||5/25/2016||5/25/2016||Map||Data|
Unnamed is located in the Fox River - Appleton watershed which is 39.37 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily suburban (37%), urban (30.70%) and a mix of agricultural (15.40%) and other uses (17.00%). This watershed has 70.84 stream miles, 55.67 lake acres and 183.96 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.