Iowa DNR

Water Quality Assessments

Impaired Waters List

West Fork Little Sioux River IA 06-LSR-1598

mouth (S12 T84N R45W Monona Co.) to confluence with a small unnamed tributary near Climbing Hill in S16 T87N R45W Woodbury Co.

Assessment Cycle
Result Period
2000 - 2002
Assessment Methodology
Assessment Type
Integrated Report
Category 1
Legacy ADBCode
IA 06-LSR-0120_1
Overall Use Support
Aquatic Life Use Support
Assessment Comments

Assessment is based on results of (1) IDNR/UHL ambient monthly monitoring near Hornick from 2000-02 and (2) an IDNR stream use assessment in 1995.

Basis for Assessment

[Note:  For the 2002 report, the previous waterbody segment for the West Fork Little Sioux River (IA 06-LSR-0120-0), which extended 32 miles from its mouth to confluence with Mud Creek near Moville in Woodbury Co., was split into two subsegments:  (1) mouth to confluence with an unnamed tributary 0.5 miles north of Climbing Hill (Woodbury Co.  - this one) (IA 06-LSR-0120-1) and (2) unnamed tributary 0.5 miles north of Climbing Hill to Mud Creek near Moville, Woodbury Co.  (IA 06-LSR-0120-2).   See previous Section 305(b) from this subsegment for the assessments of the original 32-mile river reach.]

SUMMARY:  The Class B(LR) aquatic life uses are assessed (evaluated) as "fully supported / threatened" due to extensive channel modifications on this river segment.   Results of ambient chemical/physical water quality monitoring, however, suggest “full support” of these uses.   This assessment is based on (1) results of IDNR/UHL monthly ambient monitoring conducted during the 2000-2002 assessment period on West Fork Little Sioux River at the Highway 141 bridge approximately 1 mile east of Hornick in (STORET station 10970002) and (2) habitat information gathered during a 1995 IDNR stream use assessment.  

EXPLANATION:  Monitoring at the IDNR station east of Hornick showed no violations of Class B(WW) water quality criteria in the 27 samples collected during the 2000-2002 assessment period for dissolved oxygen (minimum value = 7.1 mg/l), pH (range = 8.0 to 8.5 units), or ammonia-nitrogen (maximum value = 1.80).   Levels of pesticides in the eight samples analyzed were all below the analytical level of detection; samples from this station were not analyzed for toxic metals during the assessment period.   Although these results suggest "full support" of the Class B(LR) aquatic life uses, the extensive habitat alterations in this stream system suggest at least a threat to full support of the aquatic life uses.   This assessment is based on a stream use assessment conducted by IDNR staff in 1995 (see assessments developed for the 1996, 1998, and 2000 reporting cycles for more information).   Thus, the Class B(LR) uses were assessed as "fully supported / threatened" (no declining trend).

Monitoring and Methods
Assessment Key Dates
12/3/2002 Fixed Monitoring End Date
10/3/2000 Fixed Monitoring Start Date
9/1/1995 DNR Stream Use Assessment
230 Fixed station physical/chemical (conventional plus toxic pollutants)
Monitoring Levels
Biological 0
Habitat 0
Physical Chemistry 3
Toxic 0
Pathogen Indicators 0
Other Health Indicators 0
Other Aquatic Life Indicators 0
# of Bio Sites 0
BioIntegrity N/A
Causes and Sources of Impairment
Causes Use Support Cause Magnitude Sources Source Magnitude
Other habitat alterations Aquatic Life Support Not Impairing
  • Bank or Shoreline Modification/Destabilization
  • Channelization
  • Not Impairing
  • Not Impairing