Fish and Aquatic Life
This tributary to Erickson Creek is considered a Class III trout stream. Surveys in the 1960s found stickleback and determined trout may be present. Flow may be a problem.
During survey work conducted as part of the coastal wetlands evaluation no rare species of macroinvertebrate was found and overall taxa richness was moderate (5-24 species) (Epstein 1997). Filamentous algae was present at the survey site.
From: Turville-Heitz, Meg. 1999. Lake Superior Basin Water Quality Management Plan. Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Madison, WI.
Author Aquatic Biologist
Rouse Creek was assessed during the 2018 assessment cycle; available biology data indicated impairment (i.e. at least one index of biological integrity (IBI) scored in the "poor" category) based on the 2018 WisCALM threshold criteria. This water was still considered impaired and no change in the existing impaired water listing was needed.
Author Amanda Smith
Rouse Creek (2925000) was assessed during the 2016 listing cycle; biological impairment was observed (i.e. at least one macroinvertebrate or fish Index of Biotic Integrity (IBI) average scored in the poor condition category).
Author Aaron Larson
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 or Propose 303(d) Listing
This water is recommended for listing in the 2016 303(d) listing cycle based on three Poor fIBI results from 2006 to 2008.
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|
|2925000||Rouse Creek||10012914||Rouse Creek||Map||Data|
|2925000||Rouse Creek||10042327||Rouse Creek at Casey Sag ||Map||Data|
|2925000||Rouse Creek||10015491||Rouse Creek A2||9/27/2006||1/1/2015||Map||Data|
|2925000||Rouse Creek||10015490||Rouse Creek A1||9/27/2006||1/1/2015||Map||Data|
Rouse Creek is located in the Tyler Forks watershed which is 78.76 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily forest (75%), wetland (17%) and a mix of grassland (3%) and other uses (6%). This watershed has 143.50 stream miles, 190.30 lake acres and 12,279.72 wetland acres.
Nonpoint Source Characteristics
This watershed is ranked Not Ranked for runoff impacts on streams, Not Available for runoff impacts on lakes and Low for runoff impacts on groundwater and therefore has an overall rank of Low. 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.