Fish and Aquatic Life
These Class II trout streams could all be elevated to Class I streams with in-stream habit2t
improvement in conjunction with reduced horse and cattle pasturing of the banks. Streambank
easements of these creeks has been recommended. These easements would fence out livestock and
horses whle providing a vegetative buffer along the streambank. In-stream habitat improves at the
confluence of these three creeks where gravel beds are present (WDNR 1984, 1972).
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'.
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|
|2064900||North Branch Gilbert Creek||10011639||North Branch Gilbert Creek - 3- 50' U.S. Of Cth N||Map||Data|
|2064900||North Branch Gilbert Creek||10012190||North Branch Gilbert Creek - N. Branch Gilbert Creek -1c||Map||Data|
|2064900||North Branch Gilbert Creek||10011638||North Branch Gilbert Creek - 2-North Branch Gilbert Creek. 50' U.S. Of 120th St.||9/29/2004||5/2/2017||Map||Data|
|2064900||North Branch Gilbert Creek||10011635||North Branch Gilbert Creek - 1- 50' U.S. Of Cth Q||9/29/2004||5/5/2017||Map||Data|
|2064900||North Branch Gilbert Creek||10012788||Nb Gilbert 1b- 606 Meters Ds Of Cty Q||Map||Data|
|2064900||North Branch Gilbert Creek||10010833||North Branch Gilbert Creek - North Branch Gilbert Cr. 2b||Map||Data|
|2064900||North Branch Gilbert Creek||10015136||North Branch Gilbert Creek - upstream of Thorud's fence line off CTH N (St T)||Map||Data|
|2064900||North Branch Gilbert Creek||10012746||N.Branch Of Gilbert Creek -1d||Map||Data|
North Branch Gilbert Creek is located in the Wilson Creek watershed which is 244.75 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily agricultural (53%), forest (30%) and a mix of suburban (8%) and other uses (8%). This watershed has 425.11 stream miles, 1,332.74 lake acres and 5,388.38 wetland acres.
Nonpoint Source Characteristics
This watershed is ranked High for runoff impacts on streams, High 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.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.