Impaired Water - Token Creek (Token Creek)
Dane County, Wisconsin
LR09
806600
3.44 - 7.25
3.81
Water is impaired due to one or more pollutants and associated quality impacts.
Notes
TMDL has been approved 2002.
This segment is listed on Wisconsin's 303(d) list as impaired by
sedimentation leading to habitat degradation and elevated temperature.
The impoundment has up to 15 feet of deposited sediment. The section of
stream above the impoundment has soft sediment covering the native
peat/sand substrate. The designated use of this segment is that of a
warm water sport fishery. Its current use is that of a Hillsenhoff Biotic
Index values vary from very good to very bad. From information on page
2-14 of the Lake Mendota Priority Watershed Plan, this segment of Token
Creek is "characterized by low flows, increased rates of sedimentation,
elevated temperatures and lack of habitat". Recent assessments indicate
the potential of a coldwater fishery throughout this segment, if the dam is
removed.

This water was assessed during the 2016 listing cycle; total phosphorus sample data clearly met 2016 WisCALM listing thresholds for the Fish and Aquatic Life use (no biological data (i.e. no macroinvertebrate or fish Index of Biotic Integrity (IBI) scores) were available to assess biological impairment).

This water was assessed during the 2018 listing cycle; new total phosphorus, biological (macroinvertebrate and fish Index of Biotic Integrity (IBI) scores), and temperature sample data were clearly below 2018 WisCALM listing thresholds for the Fish and Aquatic Life use. The dam on Token Creek has been removed so there is no longer barrier to fish passage. This pollutant is proposed for deletion during the 2018 listing cycle.

Assessments of new data during the 2020 listing cycle showed temperature levels appropriate for healthy aquatic communities like plants, fish, and bugs.
Listing Details
Pollutant
Fish Barriers (Fish Passage)
Listed For
Fish and Aquatic Life
Impairments
Degraded Biological Community
Current Use
WWSF - Warmwater Sport Fishery
Listing Status
Pollutant Removed
Attainable Use
Coldwater - aquatic life, spawning
Priority
Delisted 2018
Designated Use
Coldwater - aquatic life, spawning
303(d) ID
488
Listing Date
4/1/1998
Impaired Water Notes
The sediment TMDL for Token Creek was approved by the USEPA July 1, 2002.
Date
7/1/2002

Impaired Water Notes
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, working with numerous federal, state and local partners is undertaking a substantial project to restore Token Creek. This watershed project has a number of components, including:
Removal of a dam;
Restoration of stream morphology and habitat (with assistance of the Corps of Engineers);
Managing sediment and other pollutants for agricultural land through the
Lake Mendota Priority Lake Project; and
Managing storm water discharges through the Lake Mendota Priority Lake
Project and the storm water discharge permit program.
This Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) deals the sedimentation and degraded habitat impairments in segments of Token Creek. Implementation of the above components along with achieving the load allocation presented in this TMDL should restore and maintain the designated uses of Token Creek.
Date
5/30/2002

Impaired Water Notes
The dam on Token Creek has been removed so there is no longer barrier to fish passage. This pollutant is proposed for deletion during the 2018 listing cycle.
Date
1/19/2018

 
Pollutant
Sediment/Total Suspended Solids
Listed For
Fish and Aquatic Life
Impairments
Degraded Biological Community
Current Use
WWSF - Warmwater Sport Fishery
Listing Status
TMDL Approved
Attainable Use
Coldwater - aquatic life, spawning
Priority
Not Applicable
Designated Use
Coldwater - aquatic life, spawning
303(d) ID
488
Listing Date
4/1/1998
Impaired Water Notes
The sediment TMDL for Token Creek was approved by the USEPA July 1, 2002.
Date
7/1/2002

Impaired Water Notes
Token Creek originates in the township of Windsor (T9N, R10E, Sec. 24) and flows 10 miles south to Cherokee Marsh. There are four segments to the stream, with two segments on the 303(d) list as described below.
Impoundment and Upstream (mile 4 to mile 6.5)
This segment is listed on Wisconsin�s 303(d) list as impaired by sedimentation leading to habitat degradation and elevated temperature. The impoundment has up to 15 feet of deposited sediment. The section of stream above the impoundment has �soft sediment� covering the native peat/sand substrate. The designated use of this segment is that of a warm water sport fishery. Its current use is that of a Hillsenhoff Biotic Index values vary from very good to very bad. From information on page 2-14 of the Lake Mendota Priority Watershed Plan, this segment of Token Creek is �characterized by low flows, increased rates of sedimentation, elevated temperatures and lack of habitat�. Recent assessments indicate the potential of a coldwater fishery throughout this segment, if the dam is removed.
Date
5/30/2002