Fish and Aquatic Life
Burgy Creek is a ten-mile tributary in the Little Sugar watershed that flows easterly into the West Branch Little Sugar River. The Burgy Creek sub-watershed encompasses twenty-four square miles and is predominantly agricultural. The stream is currently managed as a warm water forage fishery, and contains a diverse forage fishery including cold water indicator species such as mottled sculpin and brook trout.
These species indicate the creek’s potential to become a class II cold water trout stream. Fish surveys performed in 2002 at two segments of the stream both produced an CWIBI score of 20, which rates this creek’s coldwater biotic integrity as poor. Stream channel ditching, runoff from farm fields, and streambank grazing have degraded the habitat in the stream. Consequently, the entire stream length is listed as impaired with sediment as the primary non-point source pollutant.
As part of a structured habitat survey in 2002, WDNR aquatic biologists observed that the stream bottom had extensive (greater than 60% silt and clay) fines in riffles and runs. According to the WDNR habitat ratings, this is considered poor habitat. A 2002 macroinvertebrate survey produced an HBI score of 4.788, which indicates “good” water quality with some organic pollution. Overall, this stream ranks high on the non-point source priority list, and is on the state’s list of Exceptional Resource Waters. During the 2002 survey, a redside dace (state species of concern) was found and is the first report of this species in the stream. The monitoring conducted in 2002 confirms that this stream could respond favorably to management actions aimed at reducing non-point source pollution and improving habitat.
Author Aquatic Biologist
Burgy Creek is a tributary to the West Branch Little Sugar River. It is currently managed as a warm water forage fishery. Despite its designation as warm water, it contains a diverse forage fishery, including cold water indicator species such as mottled sculpin and brook trout (Bush pers comm). These species indicate the creek’s potential to be a trout stream. Stream channel ditching, runoff from farm fields and streambank grazing have degraded the habitat in the stream. The creek is on the state’s list of Exceptional Resource Waters (ERW). Overall, it ranks high on the nonpoint source priority list. Fish and habitat monitoring conducted in 2002 confirmed that this stream could respond favorably to management actions aimed at reducing nonpoint source pollution and improving habitat. A redside dace was found in 2002, the first report of this species in the stream.
Author Aquatic Biologist
Flows generally east to join with the Elmer School Brance and enter the Little Sugar River. Managed for forage fish and suckers. The uppermost section of this stream is sometimes locally referred to as Loveland Branch. Very little stream bank cover; bottom type primarily silt. several of the smaller tributaties have tiled and seeded and presently feed cool water to the stream. there are 87 acres of marshland that lie adjacent to the stream near the mouth. From: Poff, Ronald J., and C.W. Threinen, Lake and Stream Classification Project. Surface Water Resources of Green County, Wisconsin Conservation Department, Madison I, 1961. Surface Acres= 11.9, Miles= 12.3, Gradient= 9.8' per mile
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'.
TMDL (USEPA) Approved
Burgy Creek TMDL Approved
Assessment unit is entire reach downstream to the confluence with the Little Sugar River.
Author Aquatic Biologist
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|
|880500||Burgy Creek||10009510||Burgy Creek Upstream Of Center Rd.||10/20/1987||1/1/2015||Map||Data|
|880500||Burgy Creek||10033799||Burgy Creek at Feldt Road||6/21/2011||7/21/2015||Map||Data|
|880500||Burgy Creek||10033879||Burgy Creek at CTH F||1/1/2015||1/1/2015||Map||Data|
|880500||Burgy Creek||10034014||Burgy Creek at Washington Road||10/10/2011||1/1/2015||Map||Data|
|880500||Burgy Creek||10009417||Burgy Creek Upstream Sth 69||4/18/1980||11/15/2002||Map||Data|
Burgy Creek is located in the Little Sugar River watershed which is 133.02 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily agricultural (74%), forest (15%) and a mix of suburban (5%) and other uses (6%). This watershed has 351.74 stream miles, 50.40 lake acres and 3,252.10 wetland acres.
Nonpoint Source Characteristics
This watershed is ranked Not Ranked 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.