Fish and Aquatic Life
McCann Creek has long been recognized as one of the most popular and best streams in Chppewa
County for naturally reproducing brook trout. It is classified as an outstanding resource water
(ORW). Thus, any new discharge must have effluent limits that are as clean as the stream's existing
water quality. The McCann Creek State Fishery Area surrounds nearly the entire creek. More than
50 percent of the fishery area is in state easements or fee title. The upland headwater area contains
an outwash plain in which storm water seeps into the ground and resurfaces as springs in or near
McCann Creek. These springs assure adequate and quality baseflow for the stream (WDNR Oct. 4,
Author Aquatic Biologist
McCann Creek (WBIC 2169000) was assessed during the 2018 listing cycle; new biological (fish 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'.
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|
|2169000||McCann Creek||093064||Mccann Creek - Se1/4 Of Ne1/4 Sec 12||4/22/1980||10/13/1980||Map||Data|
|2169000||McCann Creek||10010475||Mccann Creek - Mccann Creek Station 10 220th Ave||Map||Data|
|2169000||McCann Creek||10014230||Mccann Creek (Upstream Sth 64)||3/30/2010||1/1/2015||Map||Data|
|2169000||McCann Creek||10029336||MCCANN CREEK - 30 meters upstream of CTH SS||3/30/2010||1/1/2015||Map||Data|
|2169000||McCann Creek||10031108||McCann Creek at 212th Street||3/30/2010||1/1/2015||Map||Data|
|2169000||McCann Creek||10031894||McCann Creek-STH 40 1000ft DS from DNR Crossing||1/1/2015||1/1/2015||Map||Data|
|2169000||McCann Creek||10044934||McCann Creek at STH 40||1/1/2015||9/27/2016||Map||Data|
|2169000||McCann Creek||10031109||McCann Creek at 180th Ave.||3/30/2010||1/1/2015||Map||Data|
|2169000||McCann Creek||10029335||MCCANN CREEK - 25m upstream of 205th Ave||3/30/2010||1/1/2015||Map||Data|
|2169000||McCann Creek||10031893||McCann Creek - upstream of CTH SS||Map||Data|
|2169000||McCann Creek||10010477||Mccann Creek - Mccann Cr. Station 11 State Property||3/30/2010||1/1/2015||Map||Data|
McCann Creek is located in the McCann Creek and Fisher River watershed which is 311.06 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily forest (39%), agricultural (35%) and a mix of wetland (13%) and other uses (13%). This watershed has 385.14 stream miles, 3,485.11 lake acres and 33,345.65 wetland acres.
Nonpoint Source Characteristics
This watershed is ranked Not Ranked for runoff impacts on streams, Not Ranked 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.