Fish and Aquatic Life
The lower end of Doelle Creek flows through state wildlife area and is very well protected. The Upper end has barnyards and cropland on the stream corridor. This short stream would benefit from NPS controls on the few farms on its banks. This stream has a high potential for improvement if NPS pollution is controlled. Livestock pasturing the streambanks have severely degraded fishing habitat in the stream.
Author Aquatic Biologist
The Doelle Creek was assessed during the 2018 listing cycle; temperature data did not exceed the 2018 WisCALM listing thresholds for the Fish and Aquatic Life use. Available biological data indicated impairment (i.e. at least one macroinvertebrate or fish Index of Biotic Integrity (IBI) scored in the "poor" condition category). This water was meeting this designated use and not considered impaired.
Author Amanda Smith
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 Fish Community
AU 14341, poor fIBI, Station 10020610
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 or implementation of a Total Maximum Daily Load analysis, a Nine Key Element Plan, or other restoration work, education and outreach and more. If specific recommendations exist for this water, they will be displayed below online.
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|
|1774700||Doelle Creek||10021370||Doelle Valley - Downstream Of River Rd. - State Natural Area||6/18/2008||1/1/2015||Map||Data|
|1774700||Doelle Creek||10020610||Doelle Creek at Doelle Road||4/30/2007||1/1/2015||Map||Data|
Doelle Creek is located in the Lower Trempealeau River watershed which is 177.10 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily forest (39%), agricultural (39%) and a mix of open (8%) and other uses (14%). This watershed has 332.55 stream miles, 4,667.44 lake acres and 13,986.78 wetland acres.
Nonpoint Source Characteristics
This watershed is ranked Not Ranked 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.This water is ranked Medium Stream for individual Rivers based on runoff problems and the likelihood of success from project implementation.