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Cool-Cold Headwater, Cool-Cold Mainstem
Fish and Aquatic Life
Du Charme Creek, located in southwest Crawford County, flows for approximately four miles in a westerly direction before reaching the Mississippi River. It has a gradient of 46.7 feet per mile. Du Charme Creek is now a Class I Trout stream (2008 Trout List update).
A fishery survey conducted in summer 2000 documented numerous forage fish species, very few bluegill and even fewer brown trout. The stream has not been stocked in the past with trout by the Wisconsin DNR, but was stocked with wild brook trout in October 2000 as part of a brook trout reintroduction program.
The stream was resurveyed in 2002 and results show Brook and Brown Trout as well as a mixture of forage fish. Access to Du Charme Creek is from one road crossing and the Upper Missippi River Fish and Wildlife Refuge.
Author Aquatic Biologist
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|
|1634800||Du Charme Creek||10032329||Du Charme Creek 1/2 mile southeast of Eastman||Map||Data|
|1634800||Du Charme Creek||10008944||Du Charme Creek #1 - Road Crossing 0.25 Below Matti Farm||10/19/2000||8/4/2011||Map||Data|
|721000||Mississippi River ||10037907||Mississippi River / DuCharme Creek - Boat Access||6/7/2012||6/7/2012||Map||Data|
|1634800||Du Charme Creek||10033506||DuCharme Creek in T18NR6WS18||10/8/2014||1/1/2015||Map||Data|
|1634800||Du Charme Creek||10042739||Du Charme Creek off CTH D||Map||Data|
|1634800||Du Charme Creek||10047212||Du Charme Creek at Great River Road||9/10/2016||9/10/2016||Map||Data|
Du Charme Creek is located in the Rush Creek watershed which is 240.16 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily forest (46.60%), grassland (16.20%) and a mix of agricultural (15%) and other uses (22.10%). This watershed has 551.06 stream miles, 1,906.88 lake acres and 9,793.93 wetland acres.
Nonpoint Source Characteristics
This watershed is ranked High for runoff impacts on streams, Not Ranked for runoff impacts on lakes and Medium for runoff impacts on groundwater and therefore has an overall rank of Medium. 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.
Du Charme Creek is considered a Cool-Cold Headwater, Cool-Cold Mainstem under the state's Natural Community Determinations.
Natural communities (stream and lake natural communities) represent model resultsand DNR staff valiation processes that confirm or update predicted conditions based on flow and temperature modeling from historic and current landscape features and related variables. Predicated flow and temperatures for waters are associated predicated fish assemblages (communities). Biologists evaluate the model results against current survey data to determine if the modeled results are corect and whether biological indicators show water quaity degradation. This analysis is a core component of the state's resource management framework. Wisconsin's Riverine Natural Communities.
Cool (Cold-Transition) Mainstem streams are moderate-to-large but still wadeable perennial streams with cold to cool summer temperatures. Coldwater fishes are common to uncommon, transitional fishes are abundant to common, and warm water fishes are uncommon to absent. Headwater species are common to absent,
mainstem species are abundant to common, and river species are common to absent.
Cool (Cold-Transition) Headwaters are small, usually perennial streams with cold to cool summer temperatures. Coldwater fishes are common to uncommon (<10 per 100 m), transitional fishes are abundant to common, and warm water fishes are uncommon to absent. Headwater species are abundant to common, mainstem species are common to absent, and river species are absent.
The first seven miles of Du Charme Creek are classified as Class I Trout streams. New Class I Trout Water, 2008 List, based on studies in 2002, which found the following species: BLUEGILL, BROOK TROUT(36), BROWN TROUT (5), COMMON CARP, FANTAIL DARTER, NORTHERN PIKE, SPOTFIN SHINER, WHITE SUCKER, and YELLOW BULLHEAD.
Author Aquatic Biologist