Fish and Aquatic Life
Scott Creek, in the South Fork Eau Claire River Watershed, is a 5.92 mile river that falls in Clark 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
Scott Creek T26N, R4W, S25, Surface Acres = 1.8, Miles = 3 .O, Gradient 23.3 feet per mile.
A soft water, medium brown colored stream that flows westward and joins
Hay Creek. Classified as a brown trout stream. Stocking has been discontinued
because of poor water quality. Natural trout reproduction is poor. About
60 percent of the land in the watershed is wooded or wild and 40 percent of the
bank border is wetland. The aerial groundwater survey conducted during the winter
of 1963 found a small area of open water near the north edge of Section 32. There
are two miles of public frontage through county forest cropland. Beaver are
present. Access is possible from one road crossing.
From: Klick, Thomas A. and C.W. Threinen, 1965. Surface Water Resources of Clark County:
Lake and Stream Classification Project. Wisconsin Conservation Department, Madison, WI.
Author Surface Water Inventory Of Wisconsin
The Scott Creek was assessed during the 2018 listing cycle; temperature and 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 meeting this designated use and not considered impaired.
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'.
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
|WBIC||Official Waterbody Name||Station ID||Station Name||Earliest Fieldwork Date||Latest Fieldwork Date||View Station||View Data|
|2140000||Scott Creek||10010470||Scott Creek - Scott Creek Station 2 Cth M||Map||Data|
|2140000||Scott Creek||10020893||Scott Creek At Cth M||5/16/2007||1/1/2015||Map||Data|
|2140000||Scott Creek||10034990||Scott Creek DS of CTH M - Fish Station||1/1/2015||1/1/2015||Map||Data|
|2140000||Scott Creek||10010469||Scott Creek - Scott Creek Station 1 Upstream Of Mouth||Map||Data|
|2140000||Scott Creek||10034991||Mouth of Scott Creek - Fish Station||1/1/2015||1/1/2015||Map||Data|
Scott Creek is located in the South Fork Eau Claire River watershed which is 229.49 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily forest (56%), agricultural (31%) and a mix of wetland (7%) and other uses (5%). This watershed has 421.59 stream miles, 307.67 lake acres and 23,719.61 wetland acres.
Nonpoint Source Characteristics
This watershed is ranked Low for runoff impacts on streams, High for runoff impacts on lakes and Medium for runoff impacts on groundwater and therefore has an overall rank of Medium. 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.