Fish and Aquatic Life
Lowery Creek is a tributary to the Wisconsin River west of Tower Hill State Park. The creek supports a warm water sport fishery for its lower 1.5 miles and is considered a Class II trout stream for much of the rest of its length. The creek has problems with streambank pasturing and hydrologic modification.
Author Cynthia Koperski
Lowery Creek (VanBlarcum, Jones) - Mouth location T8N R4E Section 30 -5, Surface area = 5.0 acres, length = 6.5 miles, Gradient = 27.7 feet per mile, Total alkalinity = 233.0 mg/l, Volume of flow = 1.5 cfs.
Lowery Creek is a small spring fed trout stream which flows northerly and empties directly into the Wisconsin River. Although it has a lower- than-average gradient, severe flooding and resultant bank erosion are serious problems. Every year the lands in the watershed are farmed less which results in more stable water levels. Presently, about 60 percent is still farmed. Its lower section is impounded to form Upper and Lower Taliesin Lakes which are private, being located in the Frank Lloyd Wright estate of Taliesin. They are discussed in the lake section. The stream sport fishery consists of qrown trout which have been shown to reproduce naturally in its upper sections. They are stocked annually to supplement the fishery. A seining survey showed that forage fishes which are present include white suckers; brassy, stoneroller and bluntnose minnows; creek chubs and johnny darters. Game assets consist of muskrats and ducks in the lower sections. There are no public lands on this stream. Presently, there is access from seven road crossings.
From: Piening, Ronald and Threinen, C.W., 1968. Lake and Stream Classification Project. Surface Water Resources of Iowa County, Wisconsin 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|
|1241400||Lowery Creek||10029598||Lowery Cr. Station 1||Map||Data|
|1241400||Lowery Creek||10040800||Lowery Creek at CTH Z ||1/1/2015||7/9/2015||Map||Data|
|1241400||Lowery Creek||10029599||Lowery Cr. Station 2||7/19/2012||1/1/2015||Map||Data|
Lowery Creek is located in the Otter and Morrey Creeks watershed which is 198.69 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily forest (48%), agricultural (42%) and a mix of wetland (4%) and other uses (6%). This watershed has 437.57 stream miles, 351.55 lake acres and 5,785.74 wetland acres.
Nonpoint Source Characteristics
This watershed is ranked Not Ranked for runoff impacts on streams, Low 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.