Fish and Aquatic Life
Marble Creek is a spring fed tributary to Bear Creek. The creek is a Class II trout fishery and supports natural reproduction of brook and brown trout. The stream has been designated an exceptional resource water (ERW). A cursory habitat evaluation was completed in the summer of 2001. Although the creek does receive some nonpoint sources of pollution from its watershed, the overall in-stream habitat appeared to be good. Suitable stream bottom was noted and the creek appeared to have a variety of riffles, runs and pools. Marble Creek has the potential to be a Class I trout stream with proper management. The stream has been ranked high as a nonpoint source priority and would benefit from a nonpoint source pollution reduction project. Baseline monitoring was conducted on the stream in 2001.
Author Cynthia Koperski
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.
Reduce agricultural runoff and nutrient loads to Bear Creek, Biser Creek, Little Bear Creek, Marble Creek, McCarville Creek and Wilson Creek through use of Targeted Runoff Management (TRM) and other grants in cooperation with Sauk and Richland Counties.
Trout Classification Mgmt
Develop Fish Management Plan to improve Marble Creek from a Class II to a Class I trout stream.
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
|Project Name (Click for Details)||Year Started|
|WBIC||Official Waterbody Name||Station ID||Station Name||Earliest Fieldwork Date||Latest Fieldwork Date||View Station||View Data|
|1235700||Marble Creek||10029856||Marble Cr. St 2 at Marble Quarry Rd||Map||Data|
|1235700||Marble Creek||10008238||Marble Creek Station 1||10/31/2001||10/31/2001||Map||Data|
|1235700||Marble Creek||10008239||Marble Creek Station 2-Marble Creek Quarry Rd||Map||Data|
|1235700||Marble Creek||10029855||Marble Cr. St 1 N along Marble Quarry Rd||1/1/2015||1/1/2015||Map||Data|
Marble Creek is located in the Bear Creek watershed which is 136.54 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily forest (46.40%), agricultural (24.60%) and a mix of grassland (15.20%) and other uses (13.80%). This watershed has 236.07 stream miles, 119.46 lake acres and 6,798.61 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.