Fish and Aquatic Life
After best management practices were implemented along Washburn Farm Creek, a 1989 stream
survey compared the water quality to 1976 data. While cropping of streambanks still occurred and
contributed to siltation in the creek, the fenced streambanks quickly responded by becoming
stabilized with grasses. No trout were found in 1989 compared to 64 trout found in 1979. Factors
that may have contributed to ths result were the 1988 drought which lowered stream flows and
degraded trout populations, possible lack of efficiency in the stream shocking equipment, and the
presence of beaver dams that didn't exist in the earlier survey (Ha~nes).
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.
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|
|2076500||Washburn Farm Creek||10044369||Washburn Farm Creek - 980' upstream from CTH VV bridge||Map||Data|
|2076500||Washburn Farm Creek||10011705||Washburn Farm Creek - 3-Washburn Farm Creek. 50' U.S. Of 530th St.||Map||Data|
|2076500||Washburn Farm Creek||10044370||Washburn Farm Creek - SE1/4 SE1/4 S24 250' below bridge culvert||Map||Data|
|2076500||Washburn Farm Creek||173063||Washburn Farm Creek - Cth Vv Sec 26||4/28/1979||9/20/1989||Map||Data|
|2076500||Washburn Farm Creek||10011703||Washburn Farm Creek - 1- 50' U.S. Of Cth VV||Map||Data|
|2076500||Washburn Farm Creek||10044368||Washburn Farm Creek - 480' upstream of CTH VV bridge||Map||Data|
|2076500||Washburn Farm Creek||10011704||Washburn Farm Creek - 2-Washburn Farm Creek. 50' U.S. Of 1300th Ave.||Map||Data|
Washburn Farm Creek is located in the Hay River watershed which is 289.60 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily forest (38%), agricultural (30.20%) and a mix of grassland (20.60%) and other uses (11.20%). This watershed has 516.98 stream miles, 2,647.38 lake acres and 15,179.56 wetland acres.
Nonpoint Source Characteristics
This watershed is ranked Not Available 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.