Pike River (SE02) Watershed Planning


Watershed Plan update 2010. The Pike River Watershed is located in portions of Racine and Kenosha counties, and consists of three sub-basins; the Upper Pike, Pikes Creek, and the Pike River. The Upper Pike River originates near County Highway C in the Village of Mount Pleasant. Pike Creek is a drainage way that originates near Highway 50 in Kenosha County. From there, it flows north along side the Union Pacific Railroad, picking up contributions from agriculture drainage tiles, Airport Branch, Somers Branch and other unnamed tributaries. The Upper Pike and Pike Creek meet at Petrifying Springs Park, forming the Pike River. From Petrifying Springs, the Pike River flows east, then south through the City of Kenosha before emptying into Lake Michigan. The major tributary to the Pike River is Sorenson Creek. The one named lake found in this watershed is Petrified Springs Park Pond, which covers approximately three acres. Land cover is primarily rural, with agriculture dominant (52%). Urban land uses account for 19 percent of the land area, while grasslands (14%) and forests (8%) represent the other major rural uses. Wetlands cover less than two percent of the land area. The municipalities include the City of Kenosha, the Village of Sturtevant, and the Towns of Somers and Mount Pleasant.

Study Design

Watershed specified for planning and assessment purposes. Assessment of water quality condition in this respective county will use protocols described in WisCALM of the year of assessment. Minimum assessment work includes biological data (macroinvertebrates, fish indices), chemistry and habitat data. Additional work includes identification of priorities and goals, creating recommendations for actions, and updating narratives for watersheds and waterbodies. Assessments are to be double checked by at least one additional biologist.

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Water Quality Planning
Targeted Watershed Plans
Reports and Documents
Pike River Wetland and Fish Habitat Restoration, GLRI proposal review, Beyer
Watershed at a Glance
Assessments and recommendations for SE02.
Watershed_portrait_Pike (Kenosha Co.) River
Watershed_portrait_Pike (Kenosha Co.) River-wetlands
Watershed_ORW303D_Pike (Kenosha Co.) River
Watershed_landuse_Pike (Kenosha Co.) River
Watershed_dams_outfalls_Pike (Kenosha Co.) River
Impaired Waters Documentation
Unnamed Tributary to the Pike River, Racine County, Sturtevant POTW, Use Designation, William Wawrzyn, Stream Classification Form, Stream Classification Report with Site Map and Recommendations
Waxdale Creek, Tributary to the North Branch Pike River, Racine County, S.C. Johnson and Sons WWTP, Use Designation, Tom Burzynski, Stream Classification Form, Water Quality Standards Review and Stream Classification Report with Recommendations
Stream Classification document contains the assessment information. The raw data and field sheets are located in files at Sturtevant Service Center.
Activities & Recommendations
Water Quality Planning
Project: Pike River (SE02) Watershed Planning