Iowa DNR

Water Quality Assessments

Impaired Waters List

Ioway Creek IA 03-SSK-954

mouth (S12 T83N R24W Story Co.) to confluence with unnamed tributary in NW 1/4 S9 T85N R25W Boone Co.

Assessment Cycle
Result Period
2008 - 2010
Class A1 Class B(WW-2)
Assessment Methodology
Assessment Type
Integrated Report
Category 2a
Legacy ADBCode
IA 03-SSK-0060_0
Overall Use Support
Aquatic Life Use Support
Primary Contact Recreation
Not assessed
Assessment Comments

Assessment remains based on 2000 & 2002 IDNR/UHL biological monitoring data: FIBI = 41, 43, 45 (fair) and 51 (good); BMIBI = 74, 74 (good) and 80 (excellent). Non-riffle habitat FIBI BIC = 32, BMIBI BIC = 62.

Basis for Assessment

[Note:  Prior to the 2008 Section 305(b) cycle, this stream segment was designated only for Class B(LR) aquatic life uses.   Due to changes in Iowa’s surface water classification that were approved by U.S.  EPA in February 2008 (see, this segment is now presumptively designated for Class A1 (primary contact recreation) uses.   The stream remains designated for aquatic life uses (now termed Class B(WW2) aquatic life uses).   Thus, for the current (2012) assessment, the available water quality monitoring data will be compared to the applicable Class A1 and Class B(WW2) water quality criteria.]

SUMMARY:  The presumptive Class A1 (primary contact recreation) uses remain "not assessed" due to the lack of information upon which to base an assessment.   The Class B(WW2) aquatic life uses remain assessed (evaluated) as "fully supported" based on results of IDNR/UHL biological sampling in 2000 and 2002.   Note:  USGS conducted monitoring at station 05470500 at Ames in September 2010.   Too few data were produced from this monitoring during the 2008-2010 assessment period (one sample) to be of use for assessment for purposes of either Section 305(b) reporting or Section 303(d) listing.   Any additional data collected beyond the 2008-2010 assessment period will be used to develop assessment for the next (2014) IR cycle.

EXPLANATION:  The Class B(WW2) aquatic life uses remain assessed (evaluated) as “fully supporting” based on biological data collected in 2000 and 2002 as part of the IDNR/UHL stream biological monitoring projects.   A series of biological metrics which reflect stream water quality and habitat integrity were calculated from the biocriteria sampling data.   The biological metrics are based on the numbers and types of benthic macroinvertebrate taxa and fish species that were collected in the stream sampling reach.   The biological metrics were combined to make a fish community index of biotic integrity (FIBI) and a benthic macroinvertebrate index (BMIBI).   The indexes rank the biological integrity of a stream sampling reach on a rising scale from 0 (minimum) to 100 (maximum).   The 2000 FIBI scores were 41, 43 (fair) and 51 (good).   The 2000 BMIBI scores were 74, 74 (good).   The 2002 FIBI score was 45 (fair) and the BMIBI score was 80 (excellent).   The aquatic life use support was assessed as fully supporting (=FS), based on a comparison of the FIBI and BMIBI scores with biological impairment criteria (BIC) established for previous Section 305(b) reports.   The biological impairment criteria were determined from a statistical analysis of data collected at stream ecoregion reference sites from 1994-2004.   The non-riffle habitat FIBI BIC for this ecoregion is 32 and the BMIBI BIC for this ecoregion is 62.   This segment passed the FIBI BIC 4/4 times and passed the BMIBI BIC 3/3 times in the last 11 years.  

This aquatic life assessment is now considered "evaluated" based on a change in the 2010 IDNR assessment methodology.   IDNR now requires a segment have two or more biological samples collected from the segment in multiple years over a five-year period to be considered “monitored”.   This segment had multiple samples collected in the previous 11 years (2000-2010); however, the multiple samples were not collected during a five-year period.   Additionally, because these data are now considered too old (greater than five years) to accurately characterize current water quality conditions, the assessment category is considered “evaluated” (indicating an assessment with relatively lower confidence) as opposed to "monitored" (indicating an assessment with relatively higher confidence).   Despite this change in assessment methodology and type, this waterbody remains in IR Category 2a.

Monitoring and Methods
Assessment Key Dates
7/18/2002 One-time Chemical Monitoring
7/18/2002 Biological Monitoring
7/14/2000 Biological Monitoring
7/13/2000 Biological Monitoring
7/12/2000 Biological Monitoring
320 Benthic macroinvertebrate surveys
330 Fish surveys
380 Quan. measurements of instream parms-- channel morphology-- floodplain-- 1-2 seasons-- by prof
220 Non-fixed station physical/chemical monitoring (conventional pollutant only)
315 Regional reference site approach
150 Monitoring data more than 5 years old
Monitoring Levels
Biological 4
Habitat 4
Physical Chemistry 1
Toxic 0
Pathogen Indicators 0
Other Health Indicators 0
Other Aquatic Life Indicators 0
# of Bio Sites 4
BioIntegrity Good