Fish and Aquatic Life
Thls stream receives groundwater that is chemically altered by leachate from the Pope & Talbot
sludge landfill. Portions of the creek bottom were once covered by sewage slimes. More recently,
the sewage slimes have been replaced with iron precipitates and slimes. Private wells in the area are
also affected by iron and cannot meet state groundwater standards for other compounds. District
Water Resources Management and Solid and Hazardous Waste Management have been pursuing
regulatory actions through the landfill license to ensure stream and groundwater quality is
A small impoundment on Sixmile Creek both raises water temperature and depletes dissolved
oxygen in the stream (LaLiberte 1985). Removal of the dam would most like alleviate the problems.
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'.
Action Migrated from WATERS
District Water Resources Management and Solid and Hazardous Waste Management
staff should continue to pursue appropriate regulatory actions through the Pope &
Talbot landfill license to ensure Sixmile Creek and groundwater are protected (Type B)
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|
|2128500||Sixmile Creek||10015821||Sixmile Creek - ~350 Yds Upstream From Intermit-Ent Stream||4/24/1995||4/24/1995||Map||Data|
|2128500||Sixmile Creek||10011535||Sixmile Creek at Nine Mile Creek Rd||Map||Data|
|2128500||Sixmile Creek||10015955||Sixmile Creek - ~500 Yds Upstream From Railroadbridge 100 Yds Upstream From Clearing Tolandfill (Site 5)||4/24/1995||4/24/1995||Map||Data|
|2128500||Sixmile Creek||10014142||Sixmile Creek Station 3 (atUsh 12)||Map||Data|
|2128500||Sixmile Creek||183068||Sixmile Creek - Station 07 500' N RR Track||2/18/1986||4/24/1995||Map||Data|
|2128500||Sixmile Creek||183067||Sixmile Creek - 1000' N of RR Tk (station 9)||2/18/1986||2/18/1986||Map||Data|
|2128500||Sixmile Creek||10015939||Sixmile Creek - Directly Below Culvert On Elaynerd. (Downstream Cull-Vert)||4/24/1995||9/30/2010||Map||Data|
|2128500||Sixmile Creek||10011346||Sixmile Creek - Sixmile Creek 2||Map||Data|
Sixmile Creek is located in the Lower Eau Claire River watershed which is 216.31 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily agricultural (47%), forest (37%) and a mix of suburban (6%) and other uses (10%). This watershed has 414.24 stream miles, 937.46 lake acres and 10,770.45 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.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.