Fish and Aquatic Life
Douglas Creek, which flows toward the Black River from the north, is a Class I and II trout stream upstream of Melrose. The dam that created Douglas Pond in Melrose was removed in 1990. Douglas Creek is a tributary to the Black River. The entire stream is currently listed as impaired for total phosphorus.
Author Camille Bruhn
The 2014 HBI ratings at both the STH 54 and Vinger Road sites were very good with the possibility of slight organic pollution. The MIBI scores were excellent for the STH 54 reach and good for the reach at Vinger Road. Growing season total phosphorus monitoring was collected at the STH 54 site which gave a median concentration of 0.3995 mg/L, which exceeds the statewide criteria. The high total phosphorus concentration at this location is consistent with the impaired waters listing for TP for Douglas Creek.
Author Camille Bruhn
Douglas Creek is currently listed as impaired for total phosphorus. Douglas Creek (1691300) was assessed during the 2016 listing cycle; total phosphorus sample data overwhelmingly exceed 2016 WisCALM listing thresholds for the Fish and Aquatic Life use, however, available biological data do not indicate impairment (i.e. no macroinvertebrate or fish Index of Biotic Integrity (IBI) scored in the "poor" condition category).he high total phosphorus concentration at this location is consistent with the impaired waters listing for TP for Douglas Creek.
Author Camille Bruhn
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'.
Monitor Stressor Identification
Rathbone 1691300 and Jenkins Valley Creeks 1693500 should have additional phosphorus monitoring to determine if the phosphorus criteria is exceeded; the samples collected should fill known ?gaps? in monthly data for the statistical approach used for assessments.
Monitor Fish Community
Water Division staff should conduct physical, biological, and chemical surveys of Douglas Creek.
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|
|1691300||Douglas Creek||10020580||Douglas Creek at Sth 54||6/13/2007||1/1/2015||Map||Data|
Douglas Creek is located in the Big and Douglas Creeks watershed which is 210.33 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily forest (53%), agricultural (33%) and a mix of grassland (7%) and other uses (7%). This watershed has 375.17 stream miles, 473.57 lake acres and 7,564.97 wetland acres.
Nonpoint Source Characteristics
This watershed is ranked High for runoff impacts on streams, Not Available for runoff impacts on lakes and Medium for runoff impacts on groundwater and therefore has an overall rank of Medium. 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.