Fish and Aquatic Life
Rullands Coulee Creek, located in southwest Monroe County, flows in a southwesterly direction for 4.5 miles before reaching Timber Coulee Creek. It has a gradient of 62 feet per mile and drains steep forested hills and agricultural valley land. Rullands Coulee Creek is a Class I trout stream and an Outstanding Resource Water for its entire length.
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.
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|
|1646500||Rullands Coulee Creek||10017351||Rullands Coulee Station On Olson Propery||Map||Data|
|1646850||Unnamed||10013884||Berg Springs - 1957 Se 1/4 Se 1/4 S29 Confluence With Rullands Cr. Upstream To Bridge||Map||Data|
|1646500||Rullands Coulee Creek||10017355||Rullands Coulee St. 5 From Mouth Of Trib. Upstream||Map||Data|
|1646500||Rullands Coulee Creek||10013736||Rullands Coulee Station 3 - Oakland Road Crossing Upstream||3/20/2014||1/1/2015||Map||Data|
|1646500||Rullands Coulee Creek||10017357||Rullands Coulee St. 7 Farm Crossing Approx. 100ft Up From Fork Of Stream||Map||Data|
|1646500||Rullands Coulee Creek||10017352||Rullands Creek St. 3 Dam On Palmer Olson Property||Map||Data|
|1646850||Unnamed||10013885||Berg Springs Station 4a-1974-Se1/4 Se1/4 Sec 29 -Starts 500' Downstream Of Spring Head||11/5/1989||4/21/1990||Map||Data|
|1647000||Unnamed||10020761||Creek 27-8 St. 8 1000ft Downstream Loyd Peterson Pond||Map||Data|
|1646500||Rullands Coulee Creek||10013735||Rullands Coulee Station 2 - 2000 Ft. Downstream Of Oakland Rd. Crossing||Map||Data|
|1646500||Rullands Coulee Creek||10017353||Rullands Coulee St. 4 Oboe Ave. Crossing||1/1/2015||1/1/2015||Map||Data|
|1646500||Rullands Coulee Creek||10017356||Rullands Coulee St. 6 Oakdale Ave. Crossing S27 And S28||1/1/2015||1/1/2015||Map||Data|
|1646500||Rullands Coulee Creek||10013734||Rullands Coulee Station 1 - Cth P||11/5/1989||8/15/2020||Map||Data|
|1646500||Rullands Coulee Creek||10013737||Rullands Coulee Station 4 - 570 Ft. Downstream Of Junction Of Cr. 29-16 And Rullands||Map||Data|
|1646500||Rullands Coulee Creek||423207||Rullands Coulee Creek ||Map||Data|
The most recent fish surveys were conducted in the mid 1970’s. An updated
fi sh and habitat survey should be conducted on Rullands Coulee Creek. A 2001 aquatic insect sample indicated good water quality. Three road crossings, DNR owned land, and DNR owned streambank easements provide access to Rullands Coulee Creek.
Author Aquatic Biologist
Rullands Coulee Creek is located in the Coon Creek watershed which is 238.20 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily forest (44.60%), grassland (21.30%) and a mix of agricultural (16.50%) and other uses (17.60%). This watershed has 574.90 stream miles, 4,342.05 lake acres and 6,052.31 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.This water is ranked Medium Stream for individual Rivers based on runoff problems and the likelihood of success from project implementation.