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Impounded Flowing Water, Cool-Warm Mainstem
Fish and Aquatic Life
Lunch Creek, T17N, RIlE, Section 6, Surface Acres = 15.8, Miles = 10.0, Gradient = 3.2 feet per mile.
A long, low-gradient stream which originates in springs at the base of the terminal moraine in west central Waushara County and flows generally southeast to the Neshkoro Millpond. The water is clear and flows over sand. Though
natural reproduction of trout is apparently lacking, the stream is managed as a trout stream and is stocked regularly in unposted areas. Northern pike are also present and may constitute a management problem due to predation. Access is possible from several road crossings, however much of the stream has been posted against trespass.
From: Poff, Ronald J. and Threinen, C.W., 1963. Lake and Stream Classification Project. Surface Water Resources of Marquette County, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Madison, WI.
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.
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|
|149900||Lunch Creek||10038883||Deerborn Dr East Crossing Upstream||Map||Data|
|149900||Lunch Creek||10038888||Dakota Ln Upstream||Map||Data|
|149900||Lunch Creek||10038882||Lunch Creek - Deerborn Dr (West Crossing Upstream)||7/14/2005||10/7/2006||Map||Data|
|149900||Lunch Creek||10038887||Lunch Creek Dakota Ln||Map||Data|
|149900||Lunch Creek||10038881||Lunch Creek Hwy 22 (downstream)||8/24/2021||10/18/2021||Map||Data|
|149900||Lunch Creek||10038886||Lunch Creek Deerborn Dr||Map||Data|
|149900||Lunch Creek||10038893||Lunch Creek - Czech Ct (Downstream)||7/7/2005||6/23/2021||Map||Data|
Lunch Creek is located in the White River watershed which is 149.81 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily forest (47%), agricultural (21.20%) and a mix of wetland (20%) and other uses (11.90%). This watershed has 156.65 stream miles, 1,017.38 lake acres and 18,495.17 wetland acres.
Nonpoint Source Characteristics
This watershed is ranked Not Ranked for runoff impacts on streams, Not Ranked 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.
Lunch Creek is considered a Impounded Flowing Water, Cool-Warm Mainstem 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.
This classification includes waterbodies created by dams (mill ponds, reservoirs, flowages, and other impoundments) with a residence time of 14 days or more
(under summer (June – Sept) mean low flow conditions with a 1 in 10 year recurrence interval (US EPA 2000)). Many natural lakes also have dams or water level control structures. However, to be included in the Impounded Flowing Waters category, the dam or water level control structure, must account for more than half of a waterbody’s maximum depth. Impoundments with a residence time of less than 14 days should be covered under the rivers and stream assessment methodology process.