Fish and Aquatic Life
Long Lake is a 112-acre deep lowland lake and is part of the Chain O' Lakes system in Farmington and Dayton in Waupaca County. The lake was last monitored in 2010, but its general condition remains unknown.
Author Aquatic Biologist
Long Lake (WBIC 261200) was assessed during the 2018 listing cycle; new total phosphorus and chlorophyll sample data were clearly below the 2018 WisCALM listing thresholds for the Recreation use and the Fish and Aquatic Life use. This water was meeting these designated uses 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|
|261200||Long Lake||693102||Long Lake Trib. #1203 - Long Lake Trib. #1203||9/22/1992||9/21/1994||Map||Data|
|261200||Long Lake||10007320||Long Lake||7/27/1999||9/30/2017||Map||Data|
|261200||Long Lake||10051053||Long Lake - North End of Lake||6/1/2018||6/21/2018||Map||Data|
|261200||Long Lake||693103||Long Lake Trib #1204 - Long Lk Trib #1204||9/22/1992||9/21/1994||Map||Data|
|261100||Chain O' Lakes||10014931||Chain O Lakes_General Lake Station||Map||Data|
|261200||Long Lake||10047824||Long Lake - Mouth of East Basin||Map||Data|
|261200||Long Lake||10047898||Emmons Creek on Long Lake in the Chain O'Lakes||7/3/2016||7/3/2016||Map||Data|
|261200||Long Lake||10047899||Emmons Creek on Long Lake in the Chain O'Lakes||Map||Data|
|261200||Long Lake||693197||Long Lake (Chain O'Lakes) - Deep Hole||6/9/1999||7/28/2020||Map||Data|
|261200||Long Lake||10047801||Emmons Creek flow into Long Lake||6/30/2016||7/11/2017||Map||Data|
|261200||Long Lake||10047825||Long Lake - South End of Lake||Map||Data|
Long Lake is located in the Waupaca River watershed which is 290.77 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily forest (43.70%), agricultural (30.40%) and a mix of grassland (14%) and other uses (11.80%). This watershed has 231.34 stream miles, 2,456.10 lake acres and 14,124.68 wetland acres.
Nonpoint Source Characteristics
This watershed is ranked Medium 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.