Fish and Aquatic Life
Beaver Dam Creek is a small, shallow stream originating Southwest High School and meanders its way north 4 miles to eventually drain into the Duck Creek near Velp Avenue. The stream is very flashy and carries a considerable sediment load. Substrate is made up of gravel, cobble and some soft sediments. The stream has a "fair" habitat rating below Memorial Drive. Macroinvertebrates collected there in October 1994 rated water quality as "poor", in April 1995 water quality was rated as "fairly poor".
Oxygen levels recorded in August and September 1995 never fell below 6 mg/l. This stream has a history of fish kills occurring every 2-3 years since the 1970's. they have been caused by ammonia spills, discharges of blood (very high BOD) from a rendering plant and other, mostly industrial practices. Fish kills are not normally severe in Beaver Dam Creek because there are not many resident fish present and most of the fish that are there can migrate downstream to Duck Creek and Green Bay. No fish surveys were conducted during the priority watershed appraisal monitoring, though it is presumed that any fish species living in Duck Creek can travel up Beaver Dam Creek (Johnson 1996).
Bougie, Cheryl A. 1999. Lower Fox River Basin Water Quality Management Plan. Public Review Draft. Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Madison, WI.
Author Cheryl Bougie
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 quality monitoring program uses a tiered approach to analyze compliance with Clean Water Act fishable, swimmable standards. The narrative summary of water condition will be posted here when one is available. See also 'monitoring' and 'projects'.
Wisconsin's Water Quality Standards (State Administrative Code NR 102) 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.
Grants and Management Projects
|WBIC||Official Waterbody Name||Station ID||Station Name||Earliest Fieldwork Date||Latest Fieldwork Date||View Station||View Data|
|410100||Beaver Dam Creek||10007662||Bever Dam Creek at Velp Ave||Map||Data|
|410100||Beaver Dam Creek||10007663||Beaver Dam Creek at Vincent Rd||Map||Data|
|409700||Duck Creek||053699||Duck Creek at Velp Ave #10||8/1/2005||9/6/2006||Map||Data|
|410100||Beaver Dam Creek||10007661||Beaver Dam Creek at Lone Grove Ave||Map||Data|
|410100||Beaver Dam Creek||053558||Beaver Dam Creek - Memorial Drive||1/12/1994||6/23/1998||Map||Data|
|410100||Beaver Dam Creek||10034514||Beaver Dam Creek-West of Memorial Dr.||6/9/2011||6/9/2011||Map||Data|
|410100||Beaver Dam Creek||053230||Beaver Dam Creek - Taylor St 85 Ft Up||8/19/1976||7/30/1979||Map||Data|
Beaver Dam Creek is located in the Duck Creek watershed which is 151.61 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily agricultural (63.62%), forest (15.32%) and a mix of suburban (6.50%) and other uses (14.57%). This watershed has 302.11 stream miles, 2,064.01 lake acres and 8,189.35 wetland acres.
Nonpoint Source Characteristics
This watershed is ranked high for streams, not available for lakes and high for groundwater and therefore has an overall rank of high. This water is not ranked for pollution runoff.
Beaver Dam Creek is considered a Warm Headwater under the state's Natural Community Determinations.
Natural Communities are identified based on modeled flow and temperature characteristics. Learn More
Warm Headwaters are small, usually intermittent streams with warm summer temperatures. Coldwater fishes are absent, transitional fishes are common to uncommon, and warm water fishes are abundant to common. Headwater species are abundant to common, mainstem species are common to absent, and
river species are absent.