Fish and Aquatic Life
Big Sand Lake, in the Lower Yellow (Burnett Co.) River Watershed, is a 1,433.88 acre lake that falls in Burnett County. This lake is an outstanding/exceptional resource water under NR102 under the Fisheries Program. This lake is managed for fishing and swimming and is currently not considered impaired.
Author Aquatic Biologist
Big Sand Lake is a large (1400 acres) seepage lake with excellent fishery and good water
quality. This lake has been nominated for the "Outstanding Resource Water" designation. A
lake organization exists for Big Sand Lake and they should be encouraged to enroll in the selfhelp
program and apply for a Lakes Planning Grant to assess the current status of the lake and
watershed. Any measures necessary to preserve this waterbody should be encouraged.
Author Surface Water Inventory Of Wisconsin
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.
Conduct Survey of Residents
develop and mail a sociological survey to better understand property owners\2019 positions on lake/shoreline restoration and to recruit participants for implementation projects
Habitat Restoration - Shoreland
sociological survey and corresponding results and a summary of equipment purchased and how it was used.
Aquatic Plant Management Project
The project also includes some funding for purchasing lab equipment for phytoplankton analysis to support expanding foodweb monitoring
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|
|2676800||Big Sand Lake||074034||Big Sand Lake - Big Sand Lake||Map||Data|
|2676800||Big Sand Lake||10001650||Big Sand Lake||9/5/2000||6/11/2021||Map||Data|
|2676800||Big Sand Lake||10039853||Big Sand Lake East Site near Hertel WI||3/2/2001||8/14/2001||Map||Data|
|2676800||Big Sand Lake||073061||Big Sand Lake - Near Deep Hole||8/13/1979||9/5/2020||Map||Data|
|2676800||Big Sand Lake||10018418||Big Sand Lake -- Access||7/10/2003||9/18/2021||Map||Data|
Big Sand Lake is located in the Lower Yellow (Burnett Co.) River watershed which is 208.95 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily forest (64.90%), wetland (19.60%) and a mix of open (8.80%) and other uses (6.80%). This watershed has 99.73 stream miles, 13,740.17 lake acres and 23,442.16 wetland acres.
Nonpoint Source Characteristics
This watershed is ranked Not Ranked for runoff impacts on streams, Not Ranked for runoff impacts on lakes and Low for runoff impacts on groundwater and therefore has an overall rank of Low. This value can be used in ranking the watershed or individual waterbodies for grant funding under state and county programs.This water is ranked High Lake for individual Lakes based on runoff problems and the likelihood of success from project implementation.