Fish and Aquatic Life
West Beaver Creek is a small, spring-fed tributary stream to Beaver Creek in west central Monroe County. It flows in a southeasterly direction for about 1.2 miles before joining East Beaver Creek to form Beaver Creek. This stream has a gradient of 16 feet per mile and drains forested hills and agricultural land. West Beaver Creek is a Class II trout stream for its entire length.
The most recent survey, completed in 1974, documented cool, clear water with a stream bottom comprised predominantly of silt and sand with lesser amounts of rubble and gravel. Riparian land was predominantly pasture and cultivated land. All types of in-stream cover for fish were scarce and physical alterations of the stream channel (ditching) was observed. Both brown trout and brook trout were found along with several forage fish species. A fish and habitat survey of West Beaver Creek should be conducted to document its current status. There are no DNR stocking records for West Beaver Creek. Access is possible from three road crossings.
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
|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|
|1659300||West Beaver Creek||10020617||West Beaver Creek St. 1 Fedora Rd. Crossing||11/1/2006||11/1/2006||Map||Data|
|1659300||West Beaver Creek||10011045||West Beaver Creek - West Beaver Creek Station #1 (Bridge On Hwy 27)||Map||Data|
|1659300||West Beaver Creek||10020618||West Beaver Creek St. 3 Starkey'S Driveway Crossing||Map||Data|
West Beaver Creek is located in the Little La Crosse River watershed which is 240.79 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily forest (48%), agricultural (25.70%) and a mix of grassland (15.60%) and other uses (10.80%). This watershed has 445.88 stream miles, 114.59 lake acres and 5,439.88 wetland acres.
Nonpoint Source Characteristics
This watershed is ranked High for runoff impacts on streams, Not Ranked for runoff impacts on lakes and Low for runoff impacts on groundwater and therefore has an overall rank of Low. 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.