Fish and Aquatic Life
Elvers Creek is a small trout stream. The stream is classified as Class II in its lower three miles and Class III in the upper five miles. The stream and overall water quality in the stream are thought to be negatively affected by nonpoint sources of pollution, specifically streambank erosion. In addition, parts of the stream have been ditched in the past. It is thought, that with the proper management, the Class II portion could be upgraded to a Class I trout stream and the Class III portion could be upgraded to a Class II stream. Currently, there is little information available for the stream. As a result of this nonpoint source pollution and the possibility for improvement, the stream has been ranked as a high priority for nonpoint source pollution and would benefit from a nonpoint source pollution reduction project.
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
Elvers Creek is a small trout stream (WDNR, 1980). Part of the stream has been ditched in the past (DCRPC, 1992). Nonpoint sources of water pollution are thought to be causing some water quality problen~s (Day, 1985"). Little or no water resources data exist for the stream. Parts of Elver Creek could be upgraded to Class I trout water with intensive management (Day, 1985).
Author Surface Water Inventory Of Wisconsin
Elvers Creek (Bohn Creek) - T7N, R6E, Sec. 17, Surface acres = 7.6, Length = 8 miles, Stream order = III, Gradient = 21.0 ft/mile, Base discharge = 15 cfs.
This sprlng-fed stream flows down the north slope of Military Ridge, joining Ryan Creek to form theEast Branch of Blue Mounds Creek. Tributaries include Bohn and Moen creeks and three unnamed creeks. Bottom substrate is mostly gravel in the upper sections changing to sand and silt in the middle and deep silt and muck in the lower sections. Some ditching has occurred In the lower end. Water quality is good throughout the stream. The middle sections of the creek are considered Class II trout fishery as some natural reproduction occurs. The rest of the stream is Class III. Good populations of forage fish are present. Parts of Elvers Creek could be upgraded to Class I trout waters through an intensive management program. Overgrazing and stream bank erosion are problems, and beavers have recently become a nuisance. The Department of Natural Resources owns 105. acres fronting on Elvers (Bohn) and Ryan Creeks in Sections 8 and 17 of Vermont Township. Access is also available at four road crossings. Fish species: brook lamprey, brown and rainbow trout, blacknose dace, creek chub, white sucker, green sunfish, and mottled sculpln.
From: Day Elizabeth A.; Grzebieniak, Gayle P.; Osterby, Kurt M.; and Brynildson, Clifford L., 1985. Lake and Stream Classification Project. Surface Water Resources of Dane County, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Madison, WI.
Author Surface Water Inventory Of Wisconsin
Elvers Creek (Bohn Cr.) (WBIC 1251600) was assessed during the 2018 listing cycle; new biological (fish Index of Biotic Integrity (IBI) scores) and temperature sample data were clearly below the 2018 WisCALM listing thresholds for the Fish and Aquatic Life use. This water was meeting this designated use and was not considered impaired.
Author Ashley Beranek
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|
|1251600||Elvers Creek||10015793||Moen Ck - 35 M Us Hwy JG||9/14/1999||5/13/2015||Map||Data|
|1251600||Elvers Creek||10013398||Elvers Creek 7-8 (S. Of Moen Creek)||Map||Data|
|1251600||Elvers Creek||10042457||Elvers Creek - 110m DS at the end of Oak Tree Court||Map||Data|
|1251600||Elvers Creek||10009599||Elvers Creek At Cty Hwy J Bridge||5/18/2016||8/18/2017||Map||Data|
|1251600||Elvers Creek||10013395||Elvers Creek 4||Map||Data|
|1251600||Elvers Creek||10013397||Elvers Creek 6||6/5/2001||6/5/2001||Map||Data|
|1251600||Elvers Creek||10013396||Elvers Creek 5 (Cth J)||Map||Data|
|1251600||Elvers Creek||10014244||Elvers Creek-Blue Mounds Tr. Bridge Upstream 832 M To End||5/18/2016||5/18/2016||Map||Data|
|1251600||Elvers Creek||10010791||Elvers Creek At Fence Line ~3000 Upstream Cty J||Map||Data|
|1251600||Elvers Creek||10013392||Elvers Creek near Kellher Rd. ||Map||Data|
|1251600||Elvers Creek||10015937||Elvers Creek - 320 Feet Upstream Before Barnyardrunoff In Elvers Creek||7/8/1988||7/8/1988||Map||Data|
|1251600||Elvers Creek||10013399||Elvers Creek 9||Map||Data|
|1251600||Elvers Creek||10013394||Elvers Creek 3||Map||Data|
Elvers Creek is located in the Mill and Blue Mounds Creek watershed which is 186.74 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily forest (48%), agricultural (40%) and a mix of suburban (5%) and other uses (7%). This watershed has 382.87 stream miles, 106.91 lake acres and 6,596.99 wetland acres.
Nonpoint Source Characteristics
This watershed is ranked Medium 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.This water is ranked High Stream for individual Rivers based on runoff problems and the likelihood of success from project implementation.