Fish and Aquatic Life
Hawkins Creek is a Class II spring and seepage fed trout stream tributary to the Pine River. A
rare aquatic species has been found in the creek in past surveys. A cursory habitat evaluation
of the creek was completed in the summer of 2001. The evaluation found the creek to have
good in-stream habitat. This includes good available substrate for spawning, and a good
variety of habitats including riffles, runs and pools.
Despite the adequate habitat, cattle access to the stream causes streambank erosion and
sedimentation problems that do have an affect on the stream. In addition, the creek and its
tributaries have been extensively modified which has impacted water quality and habitat. The
stream has been ranked as a high priority for nonpoint source pollution reduction and is
thought that with proper management, it may have Class I potential. This stream would
benefit from a nonpoint source pollution reduction project.
From: Ripp, Coreen, Koperski, Cindy and Folstad, Jason. 2002. The State of the Lower Wisconsin River Basin. PUBL WT-559-2002. Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Madison, WI.
Author Cynthia Koperski
Hawkins Creek is a Class II trout stream (WDNR, 1980) tributary to the Pine River. The
stream is thought to have Class I potential (Eagan, 1985~). The creek's sub-watershed is
thought to have a high potential for soil erosion. Cattle access to the stream causes
streambank erosion and sedimentation problems affecting habitat (WDNR, 1991).
Author Surface Water Inventory Of Wisconsin
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 2016 . See also 'monitoring' and 'projects'.
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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Hawkins Creek is located in the Upper Pine River watershed which is 179.98 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily forest (52.80%), grassland (29%) and a mix of agricultural (12.50%) and other uses (5.60%). This watershed has 404.04 stream miles, 92.10 lake acres and 3,397.98 wetland acres.
Nonpoint Source Characteristics
This watershed is ranked Medium for runoff impacts on streams, Not Ranked 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.