Fish and Aquatic Life
Running Valley Creek, in the Pine Creek and Red Cedar River Watershed, is a 6.48 mile river that falls in Dunn 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
The Running Valley Creek (from mouth upstream to Dunn-Chippewa border) was assessed during the 2018 listing cycle; temperature and available biological data indicated impairment (i.e. at least one 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
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 15745, poor fIBI, Station 10030168
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|
|2082700||Running Valley Creek||10008790||Running Valley Creek - Sth 40||6/30/2004||10/10/2017||Map||Data|
|2082700||Running Valley Creek||10030168||Running Valley Creek below 945th and trib||10/8/2008||1/1/2015||Map||Data|
|2082700||Running Valley Creek||10042811||Running Valley Creek 30m DS confluence w/ unnamed trib (2082800)||9/18/2014||1/1/2015||Map||Data|
|2082700||Running Valley Creek||10028909||Running Valley Creek- Station 3- 50 Ft Upstream 990th Ave||10/18/2009||1/1/2015||Map||Data|
|2082700||Running Valley Creek||173256||Running Valley Creek (50 ft upstream) CTH A (station 2)||5/23/2001||10/18/2001||Map||Data|
|2082700||Running Valley Creek||10042810||Running Valley Creek 30m US confluence w/ unnamed trib (2082800)||5/11/2010||1/1/2015||Map||Data|
Running Valley Creek is located in the Pine Creek and Red Cedar River watershed which is 287.89 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily agricultural (56%), forest (32%) and a mix of wetland (5%) and other uses (7%). This watershed has 538.68 stream miles, 84.94 lake acres and 12,197.18 wetland acres.
Nonpoint Source Characteristics
This watershed is ranked High for runoff impacts on streams, Low 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.