Fish and Aquatic Life
Sherry Creek, located in southeastern Vernon County, flows in an easterly direction for 1.7 miles before reaching Reads Creek near Readstown. This stream has a gradient of 33 feet per mile and drains forested hillsides and an agricultural valley. Sherry Creek is a Class II trout stream for its entire length.
The most recent survey, conducted in 1998, documented brook and brown trout as well as numerous forage fish species. The stream bottom consisted primarily of cobble, gravel and boulder with lesser amounts of silt and sand. In-stream habitat was largely woody debris and overhanging grasses. Abundant watercress, an indicator of groundwater influence, was also noted. Sherry Creek would benefit from the purchase of streambank easements from willing sellers and the restoration of in-stream habitat. WDNR records indicate that Sherry Creek has not been stocked. Access to Sherry Creek is from two road crossings.
Author Cynthia Koperski
Sherry Creek, T11N, R3W, Section 7. Surface Acres = 1.2, Miles = 1.7, Gradient = 33.3 feet per mile.
Flowing in an easterly direction, this stream has clear, hard water and is a tributary of Reads Creek. Forage species comprise the fishery. Half the bottom is sand covered with silt, rubble, and about equal amounts of gravel and boulder in order of abundance. There is access from two road crossings. Wood ducks nest along the stream.
From: Klick, Thomas A. and Threinen, C.W., 1973. Lake and Stream Classification Project. Surface Water Resources of Vernon County, Department of Natural Resources, Madison, WI.
Author Surface Water Inventory Of Wisconsin
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
|Project Name (Click for Details)||Year Started|
|WBIC||Official Waterbody Name||Station ID||Station Name||Earliest Fieldwork Date||Latest Fieldwork Date||View Station||View Data|
|1187500||Sherry Creek||10022626||Sherry Creek - Norske Rd.||Map||Data|
|1187500||Sherry Creek||10033411||Sherry Creek at bridge at CTH M and Prestegard Rd||8/22/2008||7/13/2015||Map||Data|
|1187500||Sherry Creek||10037568||Sherry Creek off of bridge on Norske Rd ||5/24/2012||6/23/2012||Map||Data|
Sherry Creek is located in the Reads and Tainter Creeks watershed which is 135.69 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily agricultural (48%), forest (44%) and a mix of suburban (6%) and other uses (2%). This watershed has 339.00 stream miles, 221.66 lake acres and 1,867.13 wetland acres.
Nonpoint Source Characteristics
This watershed is ranked High for runoff impacts on streams, Not Ranked 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.