Fish and Aquatic Life
North Creek - North Creek, a 6.8-mile tributary of the Trempealeau River, is managed as a Warm Water Forage Fishery. A 1990 survey (1) found one brook trout (10.5 inches) and 9 minnow and forage species. The stream HBI was 3.12 indicating no apparent organic pollution, and the Habitat Rating was "fair". The potential use is a coldwater Class III trout fishery. From 0-6.5 miles are listed on the 303(d) list as impacted by sedimentation and loss of instream habitat, due to ditching, stream bank erosion and stream bank pasturing.
Author Aquatic Biologist
The North Creek was assessed during the 2018 listing cycle; available biological data did not indicate impairment (i.e. no macroinvertebrate or fish Index of Biotic Integrity (IBI) scored in the "poor" condition category) based on the 2018 WisCALM listing thresholds for the Fish and Aquatic Life use. This water was not meeting this designated use and was considered impaired. No listing change was needed to this already impaired water.
Author Amanda Smith
North Creek is included in the 2002 Sediment TMDLs for Impaired Streams in the Middle Trempealeau River Watershed report.
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'.
TMDL (USEPA) Approved
North Creek in the Middle Trempealeau River TMDL
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|
|1778600||North Creek||10034939||North Cr at Church Hill Rd. - Fish Station||Map||Data|
|1778600||North Creek||10030177||North Creek at road on Albert Watson Property ||Map||Data|
|1778600||North Creek||10031681||North Creek at Church Road||10/5/2010||10/5/2010||Map||Data|
|1778600||North Creek||10034940||North Creek at Armstrong Ln - Fish Station||Map||Data|
|1778600||North Creek||10016440||North Creek - 50 Feet Below Bridge On Rivervalley Road||5/3/1990||10/5/2010||Map||Data|
|1778600||North Creek||10034938||North Cr at Pierzina Rd. - Fish Station||Map||Data|
|1778600||North Creek||10031680||North Creeek at Giemza Lane||10/5/2010||10/5/2010||Map||Data|
|1778600||North Creek||10034937||North Cr at River Valley Rd. - Fish Station||Map||Data|
North Creek is located in the Middle Trempealeau River watershed which is 205.47 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily agricultural (53%), forest (36%) and a mix of suburban (5%) and other uses (6%). This watershed has 489.89 stream miles, 396.56 lake acres and 5,115.26 wetland acres.
Nonpoint Source Characteristics
This watershed is ranked Not Available 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.This water is ranked High Stream for individual Rivers based on runoff problems and the likelihood of success from project implementation.