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Fish and Aquatic Life
Tappen Coulee Creek is a 3.6-mile tributary of the Trempealeau River. The whole creek is listed on the 303(d) list as impacted by sedimentation, elevated temperatures, and loss of instream habitat. The primary sources of the impacts are stream bank pasturing and stream bank erosion. In a 1990 survey (1), the stream had an HBI of 4.48, indicating slight organic pollution, and a "fair" Habitat Rating. The creek is currently a Warm Water Forage Fishery, with a codified use of Cold III. Currently, the stream has little potential to support trout due to inadequate spring flow and excessive water temperatures, but implementation of BMPs in the watershed is expected to restore the stream to its former coldwater Class III status.itId=14
These streams are listed as impaired due to not meeting their potential use classifications primarily from habitat degradation, turbidity or elevated temperatures caused by sediment from cropland and other upland erosion and stream bank erosion. Except for North Creek which is listed as a low priority, these streams are listed as a medium priority on the 1998 303(d) list.
Author Aquatic Biologist
entire stream (class 3)
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.
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) developed six sediment TMDLs for six segments in the Middle Trempealeau River watershed. The TMDLs address the sediment impacts and impairments which were identified on the Wisconsin 1998 303(d) list. The segments were ranked as medium or low priority on the Wisconsin 1998 303(d) list. The waterbody segments are located in Trempealeau and Buffalo Counties, Wisconsin.
TMDL (USEPA) Approved
TMDL for Tappen Coulee Creek in the Middle Trempealeau River Approval. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) developed six sediment TMDLs for six segments in the Middle Trempealeau River watershed. The TMDLs address the sediment impacts and impairments which were identified on the Wisconsin 1998 303(d) list. The segments were ranked as medium or low priority on the Wisconsin 1998 303(d) list.
This water, from stream - AMPI Blair; "former CW reach" - Jim Talley, Black River Falls
Author Aquatic Biologist
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|
|1800300||Tappen Coulee Creek||10029405||Tappen Coulee Creek at Tappen Coulee Road||10/21/2008||1/1/2015||Map||Data|
|1800300||Tappen Coulee Creek||10032268||Tappen Coulee Creek at CTH S||Map||Data|
|1800300||Tappen Coulee Creek||10016401||Tappen Coulee Cr. - 50 Ft. Above Cth S Bridge - Approx1/2 Mile South Of Blair||4/25/1990||1/1/2015||Map||Data|
|1800300||Tappen Coulee Creek||623045||Tappen Creek - Sth 95 Bridge||Map||Data|
|1800300||Tappen Coulee Creek||10030223||Tappen Coulee Creek 100 ft above school playground drainage ditch||Map||Data|
|1800300||Tappen Coulee Creek||623044||Tappen Creek - Cty Br Adj To Ampi Con||Map||Data|
|1800300||Tappen Coulee Creek||10032267||Tappen Coulee Creek at Quarne Road||1/1/2015||1/1/2015||Map||Data|
|1800300||Tappen Coulee Creek||623043||Tappen Creek - Cth S In Blair||Map||Data|
Tappen Coulee Creek is located in the Middle Trempealeau River watershed which is 205.47 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily forest (38.50%), agricultural (31%) and a mix of grassland (21.40%) and other uses (9.00%). This watershed has 489.89 stream miles, 396.56 lake acres and 5,115.26 wetland acres.
Nonpoint Source Characteristics
This watershed is ranked Not Available 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.This water is ranked High Stream for individual Rivers based on runoff problems and the likelihood of success from project implementation.
Tappen Coulee Creek is considered a Cool-Cold Headwater 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) 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 stream is classified as a Class III trout stream but has the potential to improve as a trout fishery. The stream is limited by agricultural nonpoint source pollution. It also receives non contact cooling water from the AMPI Blair Cheese Plant. Fisheries Management has received reports that this discharge has occasionally turned the stream a milky color. Recent investigations of the discharge indicate no signs of adverse impacts.
Author Aquatic Biologist