Fish and Aquatic Life
Gault Hollow Creek is a tributary to the West Branch of the Pine River. It is a trout stream with 2.4 miles listed as Class II and 1.5 Class I trout waters. The Class I portion is also designated an exceptional resource water (ERW). A rare aquatic species has been found in the creek in past surveys. The stream is spring fed and has a fairly high gradient. A fish survey conducted in 1995 found evidence of natural reproduction of brook trout in the stream.
The best spawning area appeared to be near the headwater springs. The creek has generally good water quality, but cattle grazing streambanks and bank erosion have contributed to excess sedimentation in some areas of the stream. Soil erosion potential in this watershed is considered high and the stream has been ranked as a high priority for nonpoint source pollution and would benefit from a nonpoint source pollution reduction project. Portions of the stream have heavy growth of reed canary grass.
Author Cynthia Koperski
Gault Hollow Creek is a spring and seepage-fed tributary to the West Branch of the Pine
River. It is a trout stream (VVDNR, 1980) with 2.4 miles listed as Class II and 1.5 Class
I trout waters. The Class I portion is also designated an exceptional resource water
under state antidegradation rules. The creek has generally good water quality, but cattle
grazing streambanks and bank erosion have contributed to excess sedimentation in
some areas of the stream (Eagan, 1985). Soil erosion potential in this watershed is
considered high (Eagan, 1985).
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|
|1230200||Gault Hollow Creek||533050||Gault Hollow Creek - Cth I||9/20/1993||9/20/1993||Map||Data|
|1230200||Gault Hollow Creek||10022724||Gault Hollow Station 3 T12n R1w Sec 27 Nwsw||Map||Data|
|1230200||Gault Hollow Creek||10029722||Gault Hollow Station 3b DS CTH I||Map||Data|
|1230200||Gault Hollow Creek||10022722||Gault Hollow Station 2 T12n R1w Sec 27 Nesw||Map||Data|
|1230300||Unnamed||10022747||Trib To Gault Hollow||Map||Data|
|1230200||Gault Hollow Creek||10037812||Gault Hollow Creek at CTY H Bridge||1/1/2015||1/1/2015||Map||Data|
|1230200||Gault Hollow Creek||10014205||Gault Hollow Creek Lower Baseline||1/1/2015||1/1/2015||Map||Data|
|1230200||Gault Hollow Creek||10022721||Gault Hollow Station 1 T12n R1e Sec26 Sesw||Map||Data|
Gault Hollow Creek is located in the Upper Pine River watershed which is 179.98 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily agricultural (48%), forest (45%) and a mix of suburban (5%) and other uses (2%). This watershed has 404.04 stream miles, 92.10 lake acres and 3,397.98 wetland acres.
Nonpoint Source Characteristics
This watershed is ranked Medium 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.This water is ranked High Stream for individual Rivers based on runoff problems and the likelihood of success from project implementation.