Fish and Aquatic Life
West Branch Mill Pond (White River), in the White River Watershed, is a 59.91 acre lake that falls in Waushara County. This lake is managed for fishing and swimming and is currently not considered impaired.
Author Aquatic Biologist
Source: 1970, Surface Water Resources of Waushara County White River Millpond (Upper) T-19-N, R-9-E, Section 25 Surface Acres = 64; S.D.F. = 1.52; Maximum Depth = 29 feet.
A moderate size hard water impoundment on the West Branch of the White River. This is a headwater pond and, therefore, has no inlet, however, the seepage is aided by spring activity. The outlet is navigable. The dam has a height of 30 feet. The littoral bottom materials consist of sand and muck. A thermocline develops at 11 feet. Largemouth bass, bluegill, pumpkinseed, rainbow trout and brown trout are the most common fish species. Perch, rock bass, black bullheads, yellow bullheads, and white suckers are also present. The area is used by mallards, black ducks, and wood ducks for nesting. Canada geese and puddle ducks rest during spring and fall migrations. Hunting is allowed. There is one town access road with limited parking. There are 38 cottages or dwellings present around the pond.
Author Surface Water Inventory Of Wisconsin
West Branch Mill Pond (WBIC 152200) was assessed during the 2018 listing cycle; new chloride sample data were clearly below 2018 WisCALM listing thresholds for Fish and Aquatic Life use. This water 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.
Aquatic Plant Management Plan
The White River Lake Management District proposes to conduct an Aquatic Plant Management survey and Plan development. Project deliverables include plant and soil sampling; create transect locations; management goals,objectives and alternatives; maps; lake use analysies.
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|
|152200||West Branch Mill P.(White River)||10018803||West Branch Mill Pond -- Access||5/5/2007||6/18/2019||Map||Data|
|152200||West Branch Mill P.(White River)||10007425||West Branch Mill Pond||7/27/1999||9/30/2017||Map||Data|
|152200||West Branch Mill P.(White River)||704004||White River Pond - Center||8/14/1979||10/29/2019||Map||Data|
West Branch Mill P.(White River) is located in the White River watershed which is 149.81 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily forest (47%), agricultural (21.20%) and a mix of wetland (20%) and other uses (11.90%). This watershed has 156.65 stream miles, 1,017.38 lake acres and 18,495.17 wetland acres.
Nonpoint Source Characteristics
This watershed is ranked Not Ranked 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.