Fish and Aquatic Life
Thompson Creek, in the South Fork Eau Claire River Watershed, is a 5.07 mile river that falls in Clark County. This river is managed for fishing and swimming and is currently not considered impaired.
Author Aquatic Biologist
Thompson Creek T26N, R4W, S35, Surface Acres = 0.8, Miles = 1.0, Gradient 15.5 feet per mile.
A clear, very soft water stream that flows northwest into Hay Creek. During
the 1964 investigation, over one-half of its length, all that portion above Lake 1-9
in South Foster Township, had intermittent flow, and that part of the stream below
the lake had standing water. It supports forage fish species. All the bank has
natural vegetation cover, including 25 percent wetlands. Furbearers, including
beaver, are present. The entire stream, including the intermittent portion,
passes through county forest cropland. The watershed area is wooded or wild land.
Access is possible from two road crossings, including one that crosses a portion
of intermittent stream.
From: Klick, Thomas A. and C.W. Threinen, 1965. Surface Water Resources of Clark County:
Lake and Stream Classification Project. Wisconsin Conservation Department, 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
|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|
|2140500||Beaver Flowage||10001140||Beaver Flowage||8/29/2000||9/26/2010||Map||Data|
|2140300||Thompson Creek||10010347||Thompson Creek - Thompson Cr. Station 1 Cth I||Map||Data|
Thompson Creek is located in the South Fork Eau Claire River watershed which is 229.49 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily forest (56%), agricultural (22.80%) and a mix of wetland (12%) and other uses (9.20%). This watershed has 421.59 stream miles, 307.67 lake acres and 23,719.61 wetland acres.
Nonpoint Source Characteristics
This watershed is ranked Low for runoff impacts on streams, High for runoff impacts on lakes and Medium for runoff impacts on groundwater and therefore has an overall rank of Medium. 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.