Fish and Aquatic Life
Leitner Creek flows in a westerly direction for approximately 1.7 miles toward the Mississippi River with a gradient of 47.1 feet per mile. It drains steep forested hills with agriculture on some ridgetops. Leitner Creek is now a Classified Trout Stream (2008 Trout Book Update).
A fishery survey conducted on the upper end of Leitner Creek in 2000 documented very few forage fish and no trout. The surveyed station contained equal amounts of cobble, gravel, and sand with lesser amounts of silt and clay. The majority of adult trout habitat consisted of small pools created by the scour of woody debris. Streambank erosion was common.
Wild brook trout were stocked in Leitner Creek in October 2000 in an attempt to re-establish wild brook trout in southwest Wisconsin. A follow-up survey was conducted in 2005 to determine the status of the fishery and 57 Brook Trout were found, as well as slimy sculpin.
Access to Leitner Creek is from one road crossing.
Author Aquatic Biologist
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
|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|
|721000||Mississippi River ||10042737||Leitner Creek off Leitner Hollow Rd ~ 250 m from STH 35 intersection||10/8/2014||1/1/2015||Map||Data|
|1634900||Leitner Creek||10008943||Leitner Creek #1 - 300 M Below Spring On Pappenfus Land||10/19/2000||8/5/2011||Map||Data|
|1634900||Leitner Creek||10042737||Leitner Creek off Leitner Hollow Rd ~ 250 m from STH 35 intersection||10/8/2014||1/1/2015||Map||Data|
|1634900||Leitner Creek||123071||Leitner Creek at Hwy 35||Map||Data|
|1634900||Leitner Creek||10042738||Leitner Creek off Leitner Hollow Rd ~ 1000 m from STH 35||Map||Data|
Leitner Creek is located in the Rush Creek watershed which is 240.16 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily forest (44%), agricultural (31%) and a mix of open (13%) and other uses (13%). This watershed has 551.06 stream miles, 1,906.88 lake acres and 9,793.93 wetland acres.
Nonpoint Source Characteristics
This watershed is ranked High for runoff impacts on streams, Not Ranked 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.