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Hydrology, water quality, and phosphorus loading of Kirby Lake, Barron County, Wisconsin

January 1, 1998

In 1992, residents near Kirby Lake, located about five miles northwest of Cumberland, in Barron County, Wisconsin, formed the Kirby Lake Management District. The Lake District immediately began to gather information needed for the preparation of a comprehensive lake-management plan that would be used to protect the natural and recreational assets of the lake. The Lake District completed a land-use inventory of the watershed and an evaluation of available lake water-quality data. The land-use data were used to assess the potential contribution of nutrients to the lake from the watershed. The evaluation of lake water-quality data, which were collected as part of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) Self-Help Monitoring Program, indicated the lake has relatively good water quality. Before a comprehensive lake-management plan could be prepared, however, a better understanding of several aspects of the lake and its surroundings was needed. To address those aspects including the definition of the lake's hydrology and the principal sources of nutrients, and the relation of the lake's water quality to nutrient loading the U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the Lake District and the WDNR (through a Lake Management Planning Grant), conducted a study of Kirby Lake and its watershed. This Fact Sheet presents the results of that study.

Publication Year 1998
Title Hydrology, water quality, and phosphorus loading of Kirby Lake, Barron County, Wisconsin
DOI 10.3133/fs06698
Authors William J. Rose, Dale M. Robertson
Publication Type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Series Title Fact Sheet
Series Number 066-98
Index ID fs06698
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Wisconsin Water Science Center