Fish and Aquatic Life
Newell Creek is a tributary to Leggett Creek. The lower four miles of it are considered to be class II trout waters (WDNR, 1980). Visual observations by DNR staff in 1997 and 1998 at the two road crossings of the creek indicated that water quality and instream habitat conditions in the creek may have improved since 1991 (Fix, 1998). However, although streambanks were vegetated and stable at the Grandview Road crossing, other areas of the creek are susceptible to streambank erosion and a widening of the stream channel. Nonpoint source best management practices, particularly stream buffer corridors and managed grazing, would help protect and improve the stream. There is some interest among stakeholders in the Newell Creek Watershed in conducting in-stream habitat, riparian habitat and water quality improvement work to benefit the fishery of the stream.
Author Aquatic Biologist
From: Smith, Tom D., and Ball, Joseph R., Lake and Stream Classification Project. Surface Water Resources of Grant County, Department of Natural Resources, 1972. Surface Area = 1.94 acres, Length = 4.0 miles, Gradient = 48 ft./mile, Flow = 2.7 c.f.s.
A small, spring-fed stream beginning near Preston and flowing southwest to enter the central portions of Leggett Creek in the east central part of the county. The water remains slightly stained during much of the year due to heavy bank erosion, barnyards, and pigpens on the stream. Forage species dominate the fishery, but there is evidence that a few brown trout and smallmouth bass from Leggett Creek move into the lower reaches. A few muskrats and mink frequent the stream. Besides the runoff from barnyards and pigpens, a cheese factory is a potential source of pollution. Access is possible at two bridge crossings and one dwell- ing is found nearby.
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 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
|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|
|954100||Newell Creek||10029727||Newell Cr Station 1||1/1/2015||1/1/2015||Map||Data|
|954100||Newell Creek||223059||Newell Creek at Orr Road||Map||Data|
|954100||Newell Creek||223118||Newell Creek - Grandview Rd.||4/15/1980||1/1/2015||Map||Data|
|954100||Newell Creek||10021330||Newell Creek At Mike Mooney Property||11/2/2007||1/1/2015||Map||Data|
Newell Creek is located in the Platte River watershed which is 197.74 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily grassland (43.30%), agricultural (30.70%) and a mix of forest (19%) and other uses (7.00%). This watershed has 455.07 stream miles, 21.45 lake acres and 1,303.48 wetland acres.
Nonpoint Source Characteristics
This watershed is ranked Medium 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.