Fish and Aquatic Life
Levis Creek originates in an extensive wetland in the Black River State Forest. Ditches constructed decades ago to drain the wetland persist. Squaw Mound Flowage is a 14 acre impoundment located on the upper end of Levis Creek. The stream is managed as a class I trout stream from its junction with Indian Grave Creek to the Black River. Upstream of Indian Grave Creek, forage fish inhabit the stream. The area draining into Levis Creek is largely forested (Talley).
From: Koperksi, Cindy. 1999. Black River Water Quality Management Plan (draft). Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Madison, WI.
Author Cynthia Koperski
Levis Creek (miles 0-4.3) was assessed during the 2018 listing cycle; new biological (fish Index of Biotic Integrity (IBI) scores) sample data were clearly below the 2018 WisCALM listing thresholds for the Fish and Aquatic Life use. This water was meeting this designated use and was not considered impaired.
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
|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|
|1708900||Levis Creek||10039587||Levis Creek at Hideaway Rd||6/6/2012||7/2/2013||Map||Data|
|1708800||Black River Flowage 1610||10048170||Black River Flowage||7/30/2015||9/2/2016||Map||Data|
|1708900||Levis Creek||273138||Levis Creek at Black River Falls WI||5/19/2003||10/14/2003||Map||Data|
|1708900||Levis Creek||10011760||Levis Creek - Levis Creek Highway 54 Station 2||1/1/2015||1/1/2015||Map||Data|
|1708900||Levis Creek||10008417||Station 1 Levis Creek Road||1/1/2015||1/1/2015||Map||Data|
|1708900||Levis Creek||273124||Levis Creek - Levis Cr At Levis Rd||10/12/1999||10/12/2004||Map||Data|
|1676700||Black River||10048170||Black River Flowage||7/30/2015||9/2/2016||Map||Data|
Levis Creek is located in the Morrison Creek watershed which is 178.14 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily forest (79%), wetland (15.80%) and a mix of open (2.30%) and other uses (2.90%). This watershed has 236.05 stream miles, 1,525.11 lake acres and 27,521.66 wetland acres.
Nonpoint Source Characteristics
This watershed is ranked Not Ranked for runoff impacts on streams, Not Available 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.