Fish and Aquatic Life
Unnamed Creek 6-16 is a small spring-fed stream located in southwestern Monroe County. It flows in a northwesterly direction for approximately three miles before reaching the Little LaCrosse River at Melvina. It has a steep gradient of 92 feet per mile and drains steep forested hills and agricultural valley land. Creek 6-16 is a Class I trout stream for its entire length.
The most recent survey, completed in 1974, documented cool, clear water with a stream bottom comprised predominately of rubble with lesser amounts of sand, silt, gravel and boulder. Bank cover consisted of pasture with some shrub marsh and upland hardwood. Boulders were the most abundant in-stream cover, while undercut banks, trees and aquatic vegetation were generally scarce. Both brook trout and brown trout were captured in more than one year class suggesting natural reproduction. Creek 6-16 would benefit from the addition of in-stream habitat structures and reduced streambank erosion. A fish and habitat survey should be conducted to update the biological information available for Creek 6-16. There are no DNR stocking records for Creek 6-16. Access is possible from four road crossings, DNR owned easements and at the Pinnacle Rock State Fishery Area.
Author Aquatic Biologist
Unnamed Creek 6-16 (WBIC 1658000) was assessed during the 2018 listing cycle; new biological (fish Index of Biotic Integrity (IBI) scores) sample data were clearly below 2018 WisCALM listing thresholds for the Fish and Aquatic Life use. This water is meeting this designated use and is 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
|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|
|1658300||Unnamed||10020640||Creek 8-12 St. 1c Mouth Upstream||Map||Data|
|1658000||Unnamed||10013146||Creek 6-16 Station 1-05 Concrete Bridge Before Dnr Pinnacle Rock Fee Land(Marshall Rd)||Map||Data|
|1658000||Unnamed||10029507||Unnamed Creek (1658000) at Mascot Ave||Map||Data|
|1658000||Unnamed||10020634||Cr. 6-16 (Pinnacle Rock) St. 8 Junction Of Cr. 6-16 And Little La Crosse River||Map||Data|
|1658200||Unnamed||10020638||Creek 8-7 St. 1b Neptune Rd. Crossing||Map||Data|
|1658000||Unnamed||10020635||Cr. 6-16 (Pinnacle Rock) St. 8a Neptune Rd. Crossing||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.