Fish and Aquatic Life
The East Branch Little Black River flows 14 miles through Taylor County past several privately owned dams before converging with the West Branch to become the Little Black River about four miles east of Medford. The stream was last monitored in 2009, but it general condition has not yet been assessed.
Author Aquatic Biologist
The 2018 assessments of the East Branch Little Black River showed impairment by phosphorus; new total phosphorus sample data exceeded the 2018 WisCALM listing criteria for the Fish and Aquatic Life use and biological impairment was observed (i.e. at least one fish Index of Biotic Integrity (IBI) scored in the "poor" condition category). Based on the most updated information, this water was proposed for the impaired waters list.
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.
Monitor Water Quality or Sediment
The site of the poor fish IBI is in the very headwaters of the watershed and was from 2008, a drought year. I suspect this is a site that may dry up at times.
AU: 14319; Station ID: 10029115
Monitor Aquatic Biology
Conduct biological (mIBI or fIBI) monitoring on East Branch Little Black River, WBIC: 1765900, AU:14319
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|
|5529272||Unnamed||10054541||East Branch of Little Black at Center Ave||5/24/2019||10/7/2020||Map||Data|
|1765900||East Branch Little Black River||10048142||E Br Little Black River US Klinger Lane||1/1/2015||10/7/2020||Map||Data|
|1765900||East Branch Little Black River||613063||Little Black River East Branch at Hwy 64||5/19/1979||10/19/2017||Map||Data|
|1765900||East Branch Little Black River||10054541||East Branch of Little Black at Center Ave||5/24/2019||10/7/2020||Map||Data|
|1765900||East Branch Little Black River||10029115||East Branch Little Black River - 3m upstream Tower Rd.||10/30/2008||1/1/2015||Map||Data|
|1765900||East Branch Little Black River||10029439||EAST BRANCH LITTLE BLACK RIVER 3 M UPSTREAM OF TOWER AVE.||10/30/2008||10/30/2008||Map||Data|
East Branch Little Black River is located in the Black and Little Black Rivers watershed which is 160.81 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily wetland (32.40%), forest (30.10%) and a mix of agricultural (24.40%) and other uses (13.10%). This watershed has 211.97 stream miles, 505.95 lake acres and 23,424.34 wetland acres.
Nonpoint Source Characteristics
This watershed is ranked Low 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.