Fish and Aquatic Life
Brandy Creek, located in northeast Monroe County, flows in a southeasterly direction for 8
miles before reaching the East Fork of the Lemonweir River near Wyeville. Upstream of an
impoundment constructed for cranberry production, Brandy Creek is a Class II trout stream.
Brandy Creek has not been classified downstream of the impoundment.
The most recent fishery survey, conducted in 1992, documented the creek as a self sustaining
brook trout population. Brandy Creek was last stocked by WDNR in 1963. Access to Brandy
Creek is from four road crossings.
Ripp, Coreen, Koperski, Cindy and Folstad, Jason. 2002. The State of the Lower Wisconsin River Basin.
PUBL WT-559-2002. Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Madison, WI.
Author Cynthia Koperski
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 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|
|1327500||Brandy Creek||10013975||Brandy Creek Station 1-1992-Sw 1/4 Nw 1/4 S34-Starts 425' Downstream Of Railroad Grade.||Map||Data|
|1327500||Brandy Creek||10035097||Brandy Creek - Area of Open Water||Map||Data|
|1327500||Brandy Creek||10029508||Brandy Creek at Hwy O||Map||Data|
|1327500||Brandy Creek||10013973||Brandy Creek Station 1-1964-Se 1/4 Ne 1/4 S33||Map||Data|
|5587359||Unnamed||10035097||Brandy Creek - Area of Open Water||Map||Data|
|1327500||Brandy Creek||10013974||Brandy Creek Station 2-1964-Sw 1/4 Nw 1/4 S34||Map||Data|
|1327500||Brandy Creek||10013976||Brandy Creek Station 2-1992-Se 1/4 Ne 1/4 S33-Starts At End Of Station 1||Map||Data|
Brandy Creek is located in the Beaver Creek - Juneau watershed which is 282.77 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily forest (43%), wetland (25%) and a mix of agricultural (13%) and other uses (20%). This watershed has 551.73 stream miles, 7,135.81 lake acres and 76,388.60 wetland acres.
Nonpoint Source Characteristics
This watershed is ranked Not Ranked for runoff impacts on streams, Low 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.