Impaired Water - Buckskin School Creek (Buckskin School Creek)
Green County, Wisconsin
SP02
897300
0.00 - 6.71
6.71
Water is impaired due to one or more pollutants and associated quality impacts.
Notes
TMDL approved 2005. The six-mile long stream flows to the south, merging with Bushnell Creek northwest of Monroe to form Skinner Creek. The entire stream is listed on the 303(d) list for degraded habitat resulting from sedimentation from agricultural non-point source pollution and stream bank erosion. In 2004, a qualitative habitat stream survey was performed at Buckskin Road, which yielded a score of 191, suggesting “fair” habitat quality. A more thorough habitat evaluation was conducted near the mouth of the stream, at the CTH J crossing, and found that habitat quality for this section of the stream also was “fair” based on substrate composition (50% fines).
Listing Details
Pollutant
Sediment/Total Suspended Solids
Listed For
Fish and Aquatic Life
Impairments
Degraded Habitat
Current Use
WWFF - Warmwater Forage Fishery
Listing Status
TMDL Approved
Attainable Use
Coldwater - aquatic life, spawning
Priority
Not Applicable
Designated Use
Coldwater - aquatic life, spawning
303(d) ID
59
Listing Date
4/1/1998
Impaired Water Notes
Buckskin School Creek is located in western Green County and is part of the Jordan and Skinner Creek watersheds. The six-mile long stream flows to the south, merging with Bushnell Creek northwest of Monroe to form Skinner Creek. The entire stream is listed on the 303(d) list for degraded habitat resulting from sedimentation from agricultural non-point source pollution and stream bank erosion. In 2004, a qualitative habitat stream survey was performed at Buckskin Road, which yielded a score of 191, suggesting “fair” habitat quality. A more thorough habitat evaluation was conducted near the mouth of the stream, at the CTH J crossing, and found that habitat quality for this section of the stream also was “fair” based on substrate composition (50% fines). This is consistent with the land use as the lower half of the stream runs through heavily pastured farmland, subject to sedimentation, while the upper half flows through a fairly well buffered corridor with very little agriculture. A 2004 fish survey at CTH J found nine minnow species, with southern redbelly dace and central stonerollers being the most abundant. Sixteen brassy minnows, a cool-water indicator, were found during the survey as well. Buckskin School Creek currently supports a warm water forage fishery, but it is believed to have the potential to become a Class II trout stream. However, current data is not sufficient to determine overall potential of this stream. While mitigation of erosion and improvement in habitat of this stream is desirable, further monitoring is required to determine the realistic potential for this stream.
Date
6/28/2005

Impaired Water Notes
Buckskin School Creek (897300, miles 0-6.71) is part of the Sugar-Pecatonica River Basin and the sediment TMDLs were approved by the USEPA August 24, 2005.
Date
4/25/2005