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Macroinvertebrate, Cool-Warm Headwater
Acute Aquatic Toxicity, Impairment Unknown, Chronic Aquatic Toxicity
Chloride, Total Phosphorus
Fish and Aquatic Life
Un. Creek (Brown Deer Creek)(T08n R22e Sw Nw 07), in the Milwaukee River South Watershed, is a 2.20 mile river that falls in Milwaukee County. This river is managed for fishing and swimming and is currently considered impaired.
Author Ashley Beranek
Brown Deer Creek was identified as impaired in 2018 for chloride causing aquatic toxicity for organisms in the stream. This stream was also identified as impaired in 2020 for high phosphorus levels, which was confirmed during the 2022 cycle. This stream is on the Impaired Waters List.
Author Ashley Beranek
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 monitoring program uses a media-based, cross-program approach to analyze water condition. An updated monitoring strategy (2015-2020) is now available. Compliance with Clean Water Act fishable, swimmable standards are located in the Executive Summary of Water Condition in 2018. See also the 'monitoring and projects' tab.
Engage Volunteers in Monitoring/Restoration
Partner with Village of Brown Deer, Milwaukee County, We Energies, WI DOT and WDNR with assistance from a costal grant to restore wetlands, improve flood storage, stabilize 500 feet of creek bed and bank erosion. Continue funding for public outreach staff person to assist with volunteer building and conducting habitat restoration. This project would include: 1) Restoration of 500' of Southbranch Creek. 2) Funding to continue Public Outreach staff employment. 3) Coordinate public outreach, train supervisor and direct hands-on habitat management using volunteers and business community. 4) Public education, field trips, and hands-on restoration. 5) Train volunteers in methods of water quality monitoring and provide educational workshops. 6) Build network of community businesses and organizations to raise contributions and engage volunteers. A final report incorporating all of the project deliverables will be provided.
Wisconsin's Water Quality Standards 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 or implementation of a Total Maximum Daily Load analysis, a Nine Key Element Plan, or other restoration work, education and outreach and more. If specific recommendations exist for this water, they will be displayed below online.
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 was recenty updated.
Grants and Management Projects
|WBIC||Official Waterbody Name||Station ID||Station Name||Earliest Fieldwork Date||Latest Fieldwork Date||View Station||View Data|
|19700||Unnamed||10040929||Brown Deer Park Creek at Brown Deer Park||5/31/2013||5/19/2022||Map||Data|
|5573840||Unnamed||10040076||Milwaukee Co. Parks - Brown Deer Park - 2||6/23/2014||8/21/2014||Map||Data|
|19700||Unnamed||10032767||Brown Deer Park Creek at W. Good Hope Rd. (Hwy. PP) Glendale||5/22/2021||10/30/2021||Map||Data|
|5573864||Unnamed||10040077||Milwaukee Co. Parks - Brown Deer Park - 3||6/23/2014||8/21/2014||Map||Data|
|19700||Unnamed||10054327||Brown Deer Park Creek at Range Line Road||10/29/2020||10/29/2020||Map||Data|
Unnamed is located in the Milwaukee River South watershed which is 167.90 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily suburban (27.40%), urban (24.80%) and a mix of agricultural (18%) and other uses (29.80%). This watershed has 203.63 stream miles, 13,038.94 lake acres and 5,996.03 wetland acres.
Nonpoint Source Characteristics
This watershed is ranked High for runoff impacts on streams, High for runoff impacts on lakes and High for runoff impacts on groundwater and therefore has an overall rank of High. This value can be used in ranking the watershed or individual waterbodies for grant funding under state and county programs.However, all waters are affected by diffuse pollutant sources regardless of initial water quality. Applications for specific runoff projects under state or county grant programs may be pursued. For more information, go to surface water program grants.
Un. Creek (Brown Deer Creek)(T08n R22e Sw Nw 07) is considered a Macroinvertebrate, Cool-Warm Headwater under the state's Natural Community Determinations.
Natural communities (stream and lake natural communities) represent model resultsand DNR staff valiation processes that confirm or update predicted conditions based on flow and temperature modeling from historic and current landscape features and related variables. Predicated flow and temperatures for waters are associated predicated fish assemblages (communities). Biologists evaluate the model results against current survey data to determine if the modeled results are corect and whether biological indicators show water quaity degradation. This analysis is a core component of the state's resource management framework. Wisconsin's Riverine Natural Communities.
Cool (Warm-Transition) Headwaters are small, sometimes intermittent streams with cool to warm summer temperatures. Coldwater fishes are uncommon to absent, transitional fishes are abundant to common, and warm water fishes are common to uncommon. Headwater species are abundant to common, mainstem species are common to absent, and river species are absent.