Carpenter Creek (Waushara Co) TMDL

Purpose

Carpenter Creek is 6.0 miles in length. This stream flows in a southerly direction before emptying into the Pine River. The creek and its watershed are entirely in Waushara County. Carpenter Creek is located within the Carpenter Creek subwatershed, one of 12 subwatersheds that make up the Pine River Willow Creek Watershed of the Wolf River Basin. The 12.7 square mile drainage area to Carpenter Creek is 42% of the area of Carpenter Creek subwatershed as described in the Pine River/ Willow Creek Priority Watershed Project.

Objective

This Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) for sediment addresses sedimentation and degraded habitat impairment conditions in Carpenter Creek, a tributary to the Pine River. Excessive runoff and erosion of solids and hydrologic loadings contribute to the increase in sedimentation in Carpenter Creek. Sedimentation reduces the suitable habitat for fish and macroinvertebrate communities. Filling-in of pools reduces the amount of available cover for juvenile and adult fish. Sedimentation of riffle areas reduces the reproductive success of fish by reducing the exposed gravel substrate necessary for appropriate spawning conditions. Sedimentation also affects macroinvertebrate biomass (fish food source) which tends to be lower in areas with predominantly sand substrate than a stream substrate with a mix of gravel,rubble and sand. The TMDL identifies load allocations and management actions that will restore the biological integrity of this stream. Carpenter Creek is identified as high priority water in the 2002 and 2004 303(d) list. Carpenter Creek is part of a larger watershed project, the Pine River/ Willow Creek Priority Watershed Project. As part of a financing plan for priority watershed projects, long-term state cost-sharing and local staff funding was committed to the Pine River/ Willow Creek Priority Watershed Plan.

Outcome

Reduce excess sediment and total suspended solids and restore degraded habitat. WDNR has determined that the reductions in sediment will achieve the water quality target of establishing the appropriate cold water community in Carpenter Creek.

QA Measures

Run Project Summary Report

TMDL/303d Projects
Implement TMDL
Carpenter Creek TMDL
2004
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Reports and Documents
Waushara County Waters
 
Activities & Recommendations
TMDL (USEPA) Approved
Carpenter Creek is 6.0 miles in length. This stream flows in a southerly direction before emptying into the Pine River. The creek and its watershed are entirely in Waushara County. Carpenter Creek is located within the Carpenter Creek subwatershed, one of 12 subwatersheds that make up the Pine River Willow Creek Watershed of the Wolf River Basin.
TMDL Implementatoin
Carpenter Creek is 6.0 miles in length. This stream flows in a southerly direction before emptying into the Pine River. The creek and its watershed are entirely in Waushara County. Carpenter Creek is located within the Carpenter Creek subwatershed, one of 12 subwatersheds that make up the Pine River Willow Creek Watershed of the Wolf River Basin. TMDL for sedimentation and degraded habitat in the Carpenter Creek watershed.
 
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