Fish and Aquatic Life
Hoosier Hollow is a Class II trout stream, but has the potential to support a Class I trout
fishery. A cursory habitat evaluation conducted in the summer of 2001 found fair habitat
throughout most of the stream. Habitat did appear to be slightly better at the mouth of
Hoosier Hollow Creek and Mill Creek. The survey identified nonpoint sources of pollution,
bank instability and erosion as the main factors affecting habitat in the stream.
The fishery potential is limited by inadequate habitat that results from heavy grazing along the
stream, and sedimentation of the streambed. Other factors that may be affecting the health of
Hoosier Hollow Creek include an industrial junkyard near the stream and a dam in its
headwaters. A number of barnyards in the sub-watershed may be affecting water quality.
Manure handling may also be a problem in the sub-watershed. Portions of the stream were
channelized in the past. Overall, this stream has been ranked as a high priority for nonpoint
source pollution reduction and would benefit from a nonpoint source pollution project.
From: 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
Hoosier Hollow is a Class II trout stream (WDNR, 1980~). Heavy grazing along the stram
have caused streambank erosion, resulting in sediment in the stream reducing water
quality and habitat (Eagan. 1985'). A number of barnyards in the sub-watershed may
be affecting water quality. Manure handling may also be a problem in the sub-watershed
(WDNR, 1991"). A dam in the headwaters of the stream may also be detrimental wot
water quality (WDNR, 1991). The sub-watershed is estimated to have a high soil erosion
potential and a high potential for water quality problems due to livestock. Portions of
the stream were channelized in the past (Eagan, 1985').
Author Surface Water Inventory Of Wisconsin
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
|WBIC||Official Waterbody Name||Station ID||Station Name||Earliest Fieldwork Date||Latest Fieldwork Date||View Station||View Data|
|1215700||Hoosier Hollow Creek||533082||Hoosier Hollow Creek at Cth Y||3/19/1996||3/19/1996||Map||Data|
Hoosier Hollow Creek is located in the Mill and Indian Creeks watershed which is 130.32 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily forest (46%), agricultural (46%) and a mix of suburban (5%) and other uses (3%). This watershed has 313.19 stream miles, 179.45 lake acres and 1,834.87 wetland acres.
Nonpoint Source Characteristics
This watershed is ranked High for runoff impacts on streams, Low 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.This water is ranked High Stream for individual Rivers based on runoff problems and the likelihood of success from project implementation.