Fish and Aquatic Life
Dead Creek, a tributary to the Rock River at Sinissippi Lake, flows through an extensive wetlands complex that provides good waterfowl habitat. Baseline monitoring data collected in 2001 has not been completely evaluated (as of December 2001). Initial evaluation indicated the stream to be in poor condition. The section from the State Trunk Highway 115 downstream to St. Helena Road should be reclassified to full fish and aquatic life, warmwater sport fishery (WDNR, 1994). Juneau discharges its treated wastewater effluent to the Dead Creek.) In December 2001, the Lake Sinissippi Association and the Lake Sinissippi Management District, with the U.S. Geological Service, installed an automated water quality monitoring station on the creek. Sediment and nutrient loads will be monitored for one year.
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.
ATTAINS Water Identified for Protection
This grant will provide for the sampling and analysis of water samples taken from stage discharge stations on the West Branch of the Rock River near Waupun, the East Branch of the Rock River near Mayville, the Rock River at Horicon, and the Rock River at Hustisford. The data collected, when combined with previously collected data, will be used to provide a better understanding of sediment and Phosphorus loads entering Horicon Marsh, leaving Horicon Marsh, entering Lake Sinissippi, and leaving Lake Sinissippi.
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|
|860000||Dead Creek||104454||Dead Creek||Map||Data|
|860000||Dead Creek||143249||Dead Creek at Sth 115||11/19/1975||11/8/2001||Map||Data|
|860000||Dead Creek||143250||Dead Creek at St Helena Rd||11/19/1975||3/30/1976||Map||Data|
|860000||Dead Creek||143343||Dead Creek - Near Hustisford WI||11/8/2001||12/5/2002||Map||Data|
|860000||Dead Creek||10008402||Dead Creek Hwy 115 Bridge||Map||Data|
Dead Creek is located in the Sinissippi Lake watershed which is 234.93 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily agricultural (52.50%), grassland (18.70%) and a mix of wetland (14.70%) and other uses (14.20%). This watershed has 458.18 stream miles, 1,917.70 lake acres and 22,222.24 wetland acres.
Nonpoint Source Characteristics
This watershed is ranked High for runoff impacts on streams, High 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.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.