Fish and Aquatic Life
Chase Creek is a high gradient spring fed tributary to the Mississippi River north of Glen Haven. The stream flows through a scenic steep wooded gorge (Lyons, 2000). About one mile is considered a class II trout stream (DNR, 1980), but its overall potential is limited by its shallow streambed, low flows, and steep gradient (Smith and Ball, 1972). Chase Creek is currently on the state’s 303(d) list of impaired water bodies.
Author Aquatic Biologist
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Author Surface Water Inventory Of Wisconsin
From: Smith, Tom D., and Ball, Joseph R., Lake and Stream Classification Project. Surface Water Resources of Grant County, Department of Natural Resources, 1972.Surface Area = 4.12 acres, Length = 3.4 miles, Gradient = 112 ft./mile, Flow = 0.7 c.f.s.
A high gradient, spring-fed stream beginning in west central Grant County and emptying into the Mississippi River just north of Glen Haven. This stream is sometimes refe:rreq to as "Glen Haven Creek." This is a fairly wide stream with a few long pools and many riffle areas. Gravel is the principal bottom type. The stream is considered marginal trout water with about one mile being suitable for carrying trout. Brown trout dominate the fishery and forage species are common. A total of 32 acres of timber swamp wetland is found near the mouth. About 60 percent of the watershed is timbered and access is difficult with only one road located near the mouth. Game assets include the main upland species, muskrats, mink, and puddle ducks. One dwelling is located along the lower reaches of the stream.
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|
|965800||Chase Creek||10038280||Chase Creek at Lower most beaver dam||Map||Data|
|965800||Chase Creek||10038281||Chase Creek abv Mississippi Conservancy property||Map||Data|
Chase Creek is located in the Mississippi River watershed which is 110.47 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily agricultural (39%), forest (34%) and a mix of open (14%) and other uses (13%). This watershed has 270.89 stream miles, 1,746.25 lake acres and 6,037.79 wetland acres.
Nonpoint Source Characteristics
This watershed is ranked Low 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.