Fond Du Lac
Fish and Aquatic Life
Mosher Creek is a small tributary to Lake Winnebago that passes through North Fon du Lac. The northern part of the Fon du Lac River watershed is generally flatter and streams there are dependent on runoff and seepage sources. These creeks, including Van Dyne Creek, Anderson Creek, and Mosher Creek, are often intermittent in nature. The entire three mile length of the stream is listed on the state's 303(d) impaired water's list for total suspended solids/sediment.
Author Aquatic Biologist
The 2018 assessments of Mosher Creek showed impairment by phosphorus; new total phosphorus sample data exceeded the 2018 WisCALM listing criteria for the Fish and Aquatic Life use and biological impairment was observed (i.e. at least one macroinvertebrate Index of Biotic Integrity (IBI) scored in the poor condition category). Based on the most updated information, no change in the existing impaired waters listing was needed.
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.
T16N R17E S33 & S34 ; Mosher Creek; extension of previous determination
16N 17E S31; Mosher Creek;
Monitor or Assess Watershed Condition
Compile existing data from databases. No new montoring data. Mosher Creek (WBIC 133500, assessment unit 18156). This project will compile available data and complete documentation sheets to assess if there is sufficient data to support the listing of these two waterbodies.
Monitor or Propose 303(d) Listing
Both Anderson and Mosher Creeks are currently on the 303(d) list. However there are no DNR data supporting this listing in SWIMS. This project will compile available data and complete documentation sheets to assess if there is sufficient data to support the listing of these two waterbodies.
Monitor or Propose 303(d) Listing
Mosher Creek (WBIC 133500, assessment unit 18156) 303d monitoring
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
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Mosher Creek is located in the Fond du Lac River watershed which is 244.74 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily agricultural (57.30%), grassland (15.90%) and a mix of wetland (10.90%) and other uses (16.00%). This watershed has 461.86 stream miles, 991.41 lake acres and 16,649.99 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.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.