Fish and Aquatic Life
The upper 4 miles of Seeley Creek have been managed as stocked, trout water. Three of these miles are Class I and one mile is a Class II. The upper-most portion, until the mid 1980s, supported a little known, outstanding natural brown trout fishery. At that time the water level dropped drastically. Locals feel this decline is due to heavy blasting in a quarry near Rock Springs. Regardless, the water level decline was associated with a major reduction in this trout fishery.
During the 1990's, wild brown trout adults were transferred into this area and successful natural reproduction is once again occurring. Active farming of much of the upper watershed has disappeared and restricted land use easements (i.e. pasturing, cropping, and logging ) would now be appropriate on the surrounding land to preserve this "little gem." Downstream drift of natural reproduction of the upper area should increase the fishery downstream around Highway W. Farther down, the stream is impounded to create the 49-acre Seeley Lake, a eutrophic, weedy impoundment that supports a warm water sport fishery.
Author Cynthia Koperski
The Seeley Creek (Mouth to Klein Rd.) was assessed during the 2018 listing cycle; total phosphorus sample data clearly exceeded the 2018 WisCALM listing thresholds for the Fish and Aquatic Life use. Available biological data did not indicate impairment (i.e. no macroinvertebrate or fish Index of Biotic Integrity (IBI) scored in the "poor" condition category). This water was not meeting this designated use and was considered impaired. No listing change was needed to this already impaired water.
Author Amanda Smith
Seeley Creek (1275300) from its mouth to Klein Rd. was placed on the impaired waters list in 2014. The 2016 assessments showed continued impairment by phosphorus; total phosphorus sample data exceeded 2016 WisCALM listing criteria for the Fish and Aquatic Life use, however, available biological data did not indicate impairment (i.e. no macroinvertebrate or fish Index of Biotic Integrity (IBI) scored in the "poor" condition category). Based on the most updated information, no change in existing impaired waters listing is needed.
Author Aaron Larson
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 2016 . See also 'monitoring' and 'projects'.
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 and implementation of a Total Maximum Daily Load Analysis, habitat restoration work, partnership education and outreach and more. If specific recommendations exist for this water, they will be displayed below.
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|
|1275300||Seeley Creek||10044147||Seeley Creek - Hwy W bridge||6/24/2015||6/24/2015||Map||Data|
|1275300||Seeley Creek||10011357||Seeley Creek- 30m Upstream Of Cth W Bridge||10/12/1990||1/1/2015||Map||Data|
|1275300||Seeley Creek||10016730||Seeley Cr. - Dwns. Klein Rd.||11/6/1990||1/1/2015||Map||Data|
|1275300||Seeley Creek||10048907||Seeley Creek - 30 M Upstream of Upper County Highway W Crossing||Map||Data|
Seeley Creek is located in the Narrows Creek and Baraboo River watershed which is 176.33 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily agricultural (59%), forest (29%) and a mix of suburban (7%) and other uses (5%). This watershed has 368.35 stream miles, 331.44 lake acres and 4,694.54 wetland acres.
Nonpoint Source Characteristics
This watershed is ranked Not Available for runoff impacts on streams, Not Available for runoff impacts on lakes and High for runoff impacts on groundwater and therefore has an overall rank of High. This value can be used in ranking the watershed or individual waterbodies for grant funding under state and county programs.However, all waters are affected by diffuse pollutant sources regardless of initial water quality. Applications for specific runoff projects under state or county grant programs may be pursued. For more information, go to surface water program grants.