Fish and Aquatic Life
Dutchman Creek, a 17-mile stream, has been ditched and the course altered to accommodate residential and commercial developments beginning in the area (HWY 41 & 172 and near Oneida Street). During mid-summer low flow conditions, most of Dutchman Creek and all of its tributaries dry up. Bottom materials consist mainly of soft sediments. Riffle areas are rare and there seems to be little scouring of the stream bottom. Streambanks are generally in poor condition and buffering is limited or absent. Crops and livestock dominate the riparian zone in the upper reaches, while residential, commercial and industrial land uses are dominate near the mouth. Stream habitat assessment surveys indicate poor habitat and dissolved oxygen measurements showed several violations of the state standard (5 mg/l) (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 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.
S34 T23N R19E; Dutchman Creek, trib;
Lot 14 Finch Lane, Ashwaubenon
S31 T24N R20E; Dutchman Creek, trib;
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|
|121600||Dutchman Creek||053516||Dutchman Creek - County Highway H-Broadway Street||7/13/1992||10/21/1999||Map||Data|
|121600||Dutchman Creek||10007895||Dutchman Creek - Holmgren Way Downstream||Map||Data|
|121600||Dutchman Creek||10015851||Dutchmans Creek - Oneida Street||10/12/1998||9/25/2019||Map||Data|
|121600||Dutchman Creek||10044359||Dutchman Creek-S Broadway St.||4/28/2015||4/28/2015||Map||Data|
|121600||Dutchman Creek||10007894||Dutchman Creek -Waube Ln.||11/9/2000||6/11/2014||Map||Data|
|117900||Fox River||053214||Fox River at Dutchman Creek||7/27/1975||7/27/1975||Map||Data|
|121600||Dutchman Creek||053634||Dutchman Creek at Gross Street||4/21/1997||11/9/2000||Map||Data|
|121600||Dutchman Creek||10042632||Dutchman Creek 315m ds Hansen Rd||8/29/2014||1/1/2015||Map||Data|
Dutchman Creek is located in the Apple and Ashwaubenon Creeks watershed which is 113.34 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily agricultural (54.10%), suburban (18.30%) and a mix of grassland (12.30%) and other uses (15.40%). This watershed has 249.05 stream miles, 91.92 lake acres and 884.97 wetland acres.
Nonpoint Source Characteristics
This watershed is ranked High for runoff impacts on streams, Not Available 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.This water is ranked High Stream for individual Rivers based on runoff problems and the likelihood of success from project implementation.