Fish and Aquatic Life
Ammonia concentrations entering the creek from the Augusta wastewater treatment plant has the
potential to hurt the fishery under low flow conditions. WDNR is currently revising its standards
and policies for ammonia.
Bush Bros. operates a cannery with a cooling water discharge to a dry run tributary to Bridge
Creek that is classified as a variance water.
Author Aquatic Biologist
The Bridge Creek (Dells Millpond inlet to US 12) was assessed during the 2018 listing cycle; total phosphorus sample data clearly exceeded the 2018 WisCALM listing thresholds for the Fish and Aquatic Life use. Available biological data did not indicate impairment (i.e. no macroinvertebrate or fish Index of Biotic Integrity (IBI) scored in the "poor" condition category). Temperature data exceeded thresholds. This water was not meeting this designated use and was considered impaired. No listing change was needed to this already impaired water.
Author Amanda Smith
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 2016 . See also 'monitoring' and 'projects'.
Citizen-Based Stream Monitoring
Collect chemical, physical, and/or biological water quality data to assess the current overall stream health. The data can inform management decisions and may be used to identify impaired waters for biennial lists.
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|
|5584570||Unnamed||10036697||Bridge Creek - Area of Open Water||7/28/2009||9/15/2012||Map||Data|
|5589258||Unnamed||183089||Fairchild Pond - Deep Hole||5/8/1995||5/3/1999||Map||Data|
|2130600||Bridge Creek||10011347||Bridge Creek - Bridge Creek 3||Map||Data|
|2130600||Bridge Creek||10015036||Bridge Creek Stock- Kruger Rd||10/5/2006||10/5/2006||Map||Data|
|2130600||Bridge Creek||10047629||BRIDGE CREEK - KEMPTON ROAD||Map||Data|
|2130600||Bridge Creek||10011327||Bridge Creek - Bridge Creek 2||6/17/2004||6/17/2004||Map||Data|
|2130600||Bridge Creek||10036697||Bridge Creek - Area of Open Water||7/28/2009||9/15/2012||Map||Data|
|2130600||Bridge Creek||10031735||Bridge Creek- 15 Meters Upstream of R.R. Bridge 25N-R5W-29 NENE||Map||Data|
Bridge Creek is located in the Lower Eau Claire River watershed which is 216.31 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily forest (44.70%), agricultural (30%) and a mix of grassland (16.20%) and other uses (9.00%). This watershed has 414.24 stream miles, 937.46 lake acres and 10,770.45 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.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.