Fish and Aquatic Life
Located in northwest Green County, Erickson Creek flows toward the southwest where it joins Sawmill Creek just across the Lafayette County border. The stream is a moderate sized, Class II trout stream. Macroinvertebrate sampling showed “very good” water quality, and despite some problems associated with nonpoint source pollution and channel straightening, this creek displays the best water quality in the watershed (Marshall, 1991). It has not been surveyed recently.
Author James Amrhein
Erickson Creek is a major tributary of Sawmill Creek and enters it just west of the Lafayette-Green County line. Only about one-quarter of a mile of its length actually lies within the county. It is considered a better than average trout stream since it is spring-fed and flows through a stable watershed; however, in Lafayette County the stream banks exhibit heavy erosion. Brown trout are stocked on an annual basis. Silt is the predominant bottom type. There is no public land on the stream in Lafayette County but it is accessible from one town road.
Erickson Creek, T4N, R5E, Sections 36-16, Surface acres = 0.2, Miles = 0.3, Gradient = 80.0 feet per mile, Total alkalinity= 282 mg/l, Volume of flow = 2.9 cfs.
From: Piening, Ronald; Poff, Ronald; Threinen, C.W., 1967. Lake and Stream Classification Project. Surface Water Resources of Lafayette County, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Madison, WI.
Author Surface Water Inventory Of Wisconsin
Erickson Creek was recently evaluated during the ten-year period of 2009 through 2018 for results that were reported to the USEPA for the 2020 Clean Water Act condition report. The waterbody is considered impaired, or in poor condition for designated uses which include the quality of fish and aquatic life, recreational use, and public health and welfare (fish consumption and related). Pollutants or problems encountered during sampling (impairments) are determined based on water quality standards outlined in Wisconsin 2020 Consolidated Assessment and Listing Methodology (WisCALM). Assessment results show water conditions that are potentially harmful for Aquatic Life use due to values for total phosphorus that fall into the range expected for an aquatic community in poor health, therefore this water is listed as impaired.
Assessment results during the 2020 listing cycle show total phosphorus levels too high for healthy aquatic communities like plants, bugs, and fish, according to 2020 WisCALM standards. Based on the most updated information, this water was proposed for the impaired waters list in 2020.
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.
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|
|906200||Erickson Creek||10051143||Erickson Creek at Sawmill Road||6/4/2018||10/22/2018||Map||Data|
|906200||Erickson Creek||10051264||Erickson Creek at Leonard Farm Crossing||7/11/2018||7/11/2018||Map||Data|
|906200||Erickson Creek||10034792||Erickson Creek- east of Gould Hill Rd||8/18/2011||10/26/2020||Map||Data|
|906200||Erickson Creek||10051144||Erickson Creek at CTH H||6/1/2018||6/1/2018||Map||Data|
|906200||Erickson Creek||10016713||Erickson - Yankee Ln.||4/23/1990||10/22/2018||Map||Data|
|906200||Erickson Creek||10048650||Erickson Creek at Fabos/Prussia||6/29/2017||9/29/2020||Map||Data|
|906200||Erickson Creek||10034793||Erickson Creek - east side of Vinger Rd||Map||Data|
|906200||Erickson Creek||10013385||Erickson Creek||Map||Data|
|906200||Erickson Creek||233217||Erickson Creek - V And W Rd Sec 32||10/18/1985||11/14/1990||Map||Data|
Erickson Creek is located in the Lower East Branch Pecatonica Rivers watershed which is 144.80 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily grassland (44.90%), agricultural (35.10%) and a mix of forest (16%) and other uses (3.90%). This watershed has 370.96 stream miles, 107.68 lake acres and 2,029.49 wetland acres.
Nonpoint Source Characteristics
This watershed is ranked Not Available 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.