Fish and Aquatic Life
Pleasant Valley Creek, also known as Creek 14-15, is a medium sized spring-fed stream located in southwestern Monroe County. It flows in a northeasterly direction for nearly six miles before reaching the Little La Crosse River south of Leon. It has a gradient of 52 feet per mile and drains steep forested hills and agricultural valley land. Pleasant Valley Creek is a Class III trout stream for its entire length.
The most recent survey, completed in 1974, documented cool, clear water and a bottom comprised predominately of rubble in the upstream portion and silt in the downstream portion of the stream. Small amounts of sand, gravel and boulder were present throughout. Riparian land consisted of pasture and hardwoods. Little in-stream cover for fish was documented throughout the stream with rock and boulder being the primary habitat. Brown trout and several forage fish species were collected. Brown trout fingerlings collected during the survey suggest some natural reproduction was taking place. The Pleasant Valley Creek fishery would benefit from the purchase of streambank easements, reduced erosion, and in-stream habitat restoration. A fish and habitat survey should be conducted of Pleasant Valley Creek to document the current status of the stream. There are no DNR stocking records for Pleasant Valley Creek. Access is possible from five road crossings.
Author Aquatic Biologist
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|
|1656100||Unnamed||10015694||Pleasant Valley Creek St. 4 - Flood Structure On Mrochs Driveway Downstream||Map||Data|
|1656100||Unnamed||10015671||Pleasant Valley Creek Station 1 - Mouth Upstream||Map||Data|
|1656100||Unnamed||10015673||Pleasant Valley Creek Station 3 - Corral On Greens Old Farm Upstream||Map||Data|
|1656100||Unnamed||10015675||Pleasant Valley Creek Station 6 - Mallard Rd. Bridge In S9||Map||Data|
|1656100||Unnamed||10030004||Unnamed Creek (1656100) upstream of Mallard Rd||10/28/2009||11/11/2009||Map||Data|
|1656100||Unnamed||10015668||Pleasant Valley Creek Station 1- Hwy 27 Bridge Crossing||Map||Data|
|1656100||Unnamed||10015670||Pleasant Valley Creek Station 4 - Farm Bridge Crossing In S33||Map||Data|
|1656100||Unnamed||10015672||Pleasant Valley Creek Station 2 - Farm Lane Bridge Crossing In S22||Map||Data|
|1656100||Unnamed||423210||Un Creek - Unnamed||6/23/2003||6/23/2003||Map||Data|
|1656100||Unnamed||10015669||Pleasant Valley Creek Station 3 - Farm Bridge Crossing In S27||Map||Data|
|1656100||Unnamed||423211||Un Creek - (Bridge)||10/23/1986||10/23/1986||Map||Data|
|1656100||Unnamed||10010392||Unnamed Creek Remap 197-X||Map||Data|
|1656100||Unnamed||10010393||Unnamed Creek Remap 197-B||Map||Data|
|1656100||Unnamed||10015674||Pleasant Valley Creek Station 5 - Footbridge On Perkins Property In S4||Map||Data|
Unnamed is located in the Little La Crosse River watershed which is 240.79 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily agricultural (46%), forest (44%) and a mix of suburban (6%) and other uses (4%). This watershed has 445.88 stream miles, 114.59 lake acres and 5,439.88 wetland acres.
Nonpoint Source Characteristics
This watershed is ranked High for runoff impacts on streams, Not Ranked for runoff impacts on lakes and Low for runoff impacts on groundwater and therefore has an overall rank of Low. 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.