Fish and Aquatic Life
Norwegian Hollow Creek, located in west central Vernon County, flows in a southwesterly direction for approximately three miles before reaching the South Fork of the Bad Axe River. It has a steep gradient of 83 feet per mile and drains steep forests and agricultural land. Norwegian Hollow Creek is a Class III trout stream for its entire length.
The most recent survey, completed in 1975, documented cool clear water with a stream bottom consisting mainly of boulder, rubble, gravel and lesser amounts of sand, silt, and marl. Brown trout were collected during the survey, along with a variety of forage fish species, aquatic invertebrates and aquatic vegetation. WDNR records indicate Norwegian Hollow Creek was stocked from 1961 until 1993 with brown trout. A fish and habitat survey should be conducted on Norwegian Hollow Creek to update biological information and assess the necessity for further stocking. Access to this stream is possible from three road crossings.
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 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|
|1640600||Norwegian Hollow Creek||10009051||Norwegian Hollow Creek #1- Confluence Of S.F. Bad Axe River||Map||Data|
|1640600||Norwegian Hollow Creek||10029206||Norwegian Valley Creek - 200m DS County N||10/20/2004||10/20/2004||Map||Data|
|1640600||Norwegian Hollow Creek||10009468||Norwegian Hollow Creek #3-At Middle Norwegian Hollow Rd Bridge Crossing||11/2/2001||11/2/2001||Map||Data|
|1640600||Norwegian Hollow Creek||10009052||Norwegian Hollow Creek #2- Downstream End Of Arden Halverson'S Property||Map||Data|
|1640600||Norwegian Hollow Creek||10009053||Norwegian Hollow Creek #4- 300 Meters Below Bridge On Norwegian Hollow Rd.||Map||Data|
|1640600||Norwegian Hollow Creek||10013790||Norwegian Hollow Creek Station 2 - Fence Crossing Upstream||Map||Data|
Norwegian Hollow Creek is located in the Bad Axe River watershed which is 195.49 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily agricultural (55%), forest (37%) and a mix of suburban (6%) and other uses (3%). This watershed has 468.27 stream miles, 489.81 lake acres and 2,552.28 wetland acres.
Nonpoint Source Characteristics
This watershed is ranked High for runoff impacts on streams, Not Ranked 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.