Fish and Aquatic Life
Trout Creek is an 8-mile hard water stream that is a tributary to Duck Creek. Trout Creek is classified as a warm water sport fishery. Trout Creek drains 19.5 square miles of land, of which 74% is agricultural. The lower and mainstem reach have relatively steep topography, are well buffered by woodlands and have few nonpoint source impacts. The headwaters originate in areas with more gentle topography, poor buffering and significant nonpoint source impacts. Habitat evaluations conducted in 1995 ranked the creek from "poor" to "fair". HBI values taken at Western Drive indicated "good" water quality. Dissolved oxygen (D.O.) readings taken during the summer of 1995 showed significant diurnal D.O. swings with several violations of the 5 mg/l state standard. Water chemistry results from the spring of 1995 depicted very high amounts of suspended solids. The upper reaches of Trout Creek would greatly benefit from nonpoint source controls (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 Executive Summary of Water Condition in 2014 is available. See also 'monitoring' and 'projects'.
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NE SE S28 T24N R19E; Trout Creek, trib;
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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. Wisconsin's Water Monitoring Strategy is in the process of a major update in 2014.
Grants and Management Projects
|WBIC||Official Waterbody Name||Station ID||Station Name||Earliest Fieldwork Date||Latest Fieldwork Date||View Station||View Data|
|410200||Trout Creek||10008253||Trout Creek (1) US f Trout Creek Rd.||10/3/2001||10/3/2001||Map||Data|
|410200||Trout Creek||10041583||Trout Creek-Cty FF||5/14/2013||5/14/2013||Map||Data|
|410200||Trout Creek||053694||Trout Creek-Trout Creek Dr.||10/11/2001||5/30/2011||Map||Data|
|409700||Duck Creek||053690||Duck Creek at Cth FF (Hillcrest Rd)||7/1/1998||8/29/2013||Map||Data|
|410200||Trout Creek||10008255||Trout Creek (3) Downstream Of Cty U - S. Branch At Junction||10/3/2001||10/3/2001||Map||Data|
|410200||Trout Creek||10010666||Trout Creek - 2||10/12/1998||10/12/1998||Map||Data|
|410200||Trout Creek||453281||Trout Creek at Cth U, Near Ashwaubenon, WI||2/23/2000||2/23/2000||Map||Data|
|410200||Trout Creek||053685||Trout Creek - Riverdale Rd||4/25/1995||4/25/1995||Map||Data|
|410200||Trout Creek||053561||Trout Creek - Near Ashwaubenon, WI||5/24/2001||10/18/2001||Map||Data|
|410200||Trout Creek||10008254||Trout Creek (2) 17.6m Upstream Of Overland Rd.||10/3/2001||10/3/2001||Map||Data|
|410200||Trout Creek||053037||Trout Creek at County Hwy Ff||8/9/1995||5/6/1998||Map||Data|
|409700||Duck Creek||053226||Duck Creek - Near The Village Of Howard, WI||3/8/1976||7/19/2008||Map||Data|
|410200||Trout Creek||053484||Trout Creek - Near Howard, WI, at Cnty Rd FF||Map||Data|
Trout Creek is located in the Duck Creek watershed which is 151.61 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily agricultural (63.36%), forest (13.82%) and a mix of suburban (7.79%) and other uses (15.03%). 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.