Fish and Aquatic Life
Twentyfour Valley Creek, located in central Vernon County, flows in a southerly direction for
2.0 miles before reaching Weister Creek. This stream has a gradient of 88 feet per mile and
drains forested hillsides and agriculture in both the valley and ridgetops. Twentyfour Valley
Creek is a Class III trout stream for its entire length.
The most recent survey, conducted in 1990, documented brown trout and numerous forage
fish species. The stream bottom was dominated by gravel and cobble. In-stream habitat
consisted of boulders, woody debris, LUNKER structures and some natural undercut banks.
Twentyfour Valley Creek should be resurveyed after conclusion of the Middle Kickapoo
River Priority Watershed Project in 2004. WDNR records indicate that Twentyfour Valley
Creek was regularly stocked with brown trout from 1960 until 1996. Brook trout have been
stocked since 1998. Access to Twentyfour Valley Creek is from two road crossings.
From: Ripp, Coreen, Koperski, Cindy and Folstad, Jason. 2002. The State of the Lower Wisconsin River Basin.
PUBL WT-559-2002. Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Madison, WI.
Author Cynthia Koperski
Twenty-Four Valley Creek, T14N, R2W, Section 31. Surface Acres = 1.0, Miles = 2.0, Gradient = 87.5 feet per mile.
Rated as a Class III brook and brown trout stream, this clear, hard water creek flows in a southerly direction and is a tributary of Weister Creek. Over half of the bottom is sand with some gravel, rubble, and silt, and a little clay, boulder, and detritus present. One road crossing provides access. There is no significant wildlife value.
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
|WBIC||Official Waterbody Name||Station ID||Station Name||Earliest Fieldwork Date||Latest Fieldwork Date||View Station||View Data|
|1195000||Twentyfour Valley Creek||10010030||Twentyfour Valley Creek St. 1-2002 Marr Driveway Bridge||1/1/2015||1/1/2015||Map||Data|
|1195000||Twentyfour Valley Creek||10030813||24 Valley Creek above confluence to Weister Cr||1/1/2015||1/1/2015||Map||Data|
|1195100||Unnamed||10010146||Creek 31-6 (Fish Creek) Station 1 - 24 Valley Rd.||Map||Data|
Twentyfour Valley Creek is located in the Middle Kickapoo River watershed which is 246.53 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily forest (49%), agricultural (43%) and a mix of suburban (5%) and other uses (3%). This watershed has 585.18 stream miles, 145.14 lake acres and 3,360.69 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.