Fish and Aquatic Life
Rock Cut Creek, in the Upper St. Croix and Eau Claire Rivers Watershed, is a 3.69 mile river that falls in Douglas County. This river is a Class II Trout Water under the Fisheries Program. This river is managed for fishing and swimming and is currently not considered impaired.
Author Aquatic Biologist
Rock Cut Creek was assessed during the 2018 listing cycle; new biological (macroinvertebrate Index of Biotic Integrity (IBI) scores) sample data were clearly below the 2018 WisCALM listing thresholds for the Fish and Aquatic Life use. This water was meeting this designated use and was 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'.
Citizen-Based Stream Monitoring
Collect chemical, physical, and/or biological water quality data to assess the current overall stream health. The data can inform management decisions and may be used to identify impaired waters for biennial lists.
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|
|UPPER ST CROIX LAKE ASSOCIATION: A Community Approach to Data Collection, Lake Modeling, & Strategic Planning, Phase 2||2006|
|UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-SUPERIOR: Upper St. Croix Lk Yellow Iris Early Detection/Response 2013-2015||2013|
|UPPER ST CROIX LAKE ASSOCIATION: Community Approach to Lake Planning,etc.-#4||2007|
|Rock Cut Creek south of Brancel Rd Bridge||2007|
|UPPER ST CROIX LAKE ASSOCIATION: A Community Approach to Data Collection, Lake Modeling & Strategic Planning, Phase 1||2006|
|UPPER ST CROIX LAKE ASSOCIATION: AIS Education, Prevention & Monitoring Project||2013|
|UPPER ST CROIX LAKE ASSOCIATION: Community Approach to Lake Planning, etc.-#3||2007|
|UPPER ST CROIX LAKE ASSOCIATION: Eurasian Watermilfoil Monitoring on Upper St. Croix & Headwaters||2008|
|UPPER ST CROIX LAKE ASSOCIATION: AIS Education, Prevention & Monitoring on Upper St. Croix Lake & Headwaters of St. Croix River||2010|
|UPPER ST CROIX LAKE ASSOCIATION: Upper St. Croix Lake Protection Grant App/Proposal||2010|
|UPPER ST CROIX LAKE ASSOCIATION: AIS Education, Prevention & Monitoring on Upper St. Croix Lk & Headwaters of St. Croix River||2010|
|UPPER ST CROIX LAKE ASSOCIATION: AIS Control & CBCW Project||2015|
|VILLAGE OF SOLON SPRINGS: AIS Control for Evasion of Watermilfoil||2007|
|UPPER ST CROIX LAKE ASSOCIATION: A Community Management Approach: Grant 5||2007|
|UPPER ST CROIX LAKE ASSOCIATION: Upper St Croix Lk 2016 CBCW Project||2016|
|WBIC||Official Waterbody Name||Station ID||Station Name||Earliest Fieldwork Date||Latest Fieldwork Date||View Station||View Data|
|2748200||Unnamed||10038558||Rock Cut Creek at Brancel Rd. (RC01)||6/4/2006||5/13/2015||Map||Data|
|2748200||Unnamed||10044115||Rock Cut Cr at Business Hwy 53 - 50M DS||5/13/2015||5/13/2015||Map||Data|
|2748200||Unnamed||10044118||Rock Cut Cr at E Tom Green Rd - 5-10M DS||6/5/2015||6/5/2015||Map||Data|
|2748200||Unnamed||10038289||Un-named trib to Upper St Croix (22 M upstream)||Map||Data|
|2748200||Unnamed||163372||Un Creek (T45n R12w S24 Seswswne) - ||3/13/1995||8/23/1995||Map||Data|
|2748200||Unnamed||10021118||Rock Cut Creek - Trib To Upper St.Croix Lake - South Of Brancel Rd. Bridge||5/19/2006||10/3/2008||Map||Data|
Unnamed is located in the Upper St. Croix and Eau Claire Rivers watershed which is 277.89 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily forest (60%), grassland (22%) and a mix of open (6%) and other uses (13%). This watershed has 153.93 stream miles, 7,654.41 lake acres and 13,694.48 wetland acres.
Nonpoint Source Characteristics
This watershed is ranked Not Ranked 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.