Fish and Aquatic Life
This spring-fed stream drains large conifer swamps at its headwaters, which gives it an acid pH, dark brown coloring and low to medium alkalinity. Brook, brown and rainbow trout, along with chinook and coho salmon inhabit this Brule River tributary (Pratt 1996). The stream also supports white suckers and a variety of forage fish. Several small tributaries feed into Blueberry Creek. The unnamed tributary T47N R10W S17 supports brook and rainbow trout. While the swamps stabilize stream base flow, water levels fluctuate seasonally. The adjoining wetlands are used extensively by waterfowl. Gravel pits occur near the stream near the confluence with the unnamed feeder.
From: Turville-Heitz, Meg. 1999. Lake Superior Basin Water Quality Management Plan. Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Madison, WI.
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 2016 . See also 'monitoring' and 'projects'.
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|
|2864300||Blueberry Creek||10015374||Blueberry Creek Station #1 - Bellwood Pit Road||Map||Data|
|2864300||Blueberry Creek||163426||Blueberry Creek - 0855-B at Bellwood Pit Rd||Map||Data|
|2864300||Blueberry Creek||163433||Blueberry Creek - Blueberry Creek 0855-X||10/12/2005||10/12/2005||Map||Data|
|2864300||Blueberry Creek||10013091||Blueberry Creek Remap 0855 (Ds Bellwood Pit Road)||Map||Data|
|2864300||Blueberry Creek||10034850||Blueberry Creek - Just Upstream of Mouth||Map||Data|
|2864300||Blueberry Creek||10013270||Blueberry Creek- 25 Meters Upstream Of Bellwood Pit Road- Station #1||Map||Data|
|2864300||Blueberry Creek||10013271||Blueberry Creek- Upstream Bellwood Pit Rd- Station #2||1/1/2015||1/1/2015||Map||Data|
Blueberry Creek is located in the Bois Brule River watershed which is 199.64 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily forest (72.30%), wetland (22.10%) and a mix of grassland (3.40%) and other uses (2.30%). This watershed has 220.94 stream miles, 3,539.94 lake acres and 18,373.66 wetland acres.
Nonpoint Source Characteristics
This watershed is ranked Not Ranked for runoff impacts on streams, Not Available for runoff impacts on lakes and Low for runoff impacts on groundwater and therefore has an overall rank of Low. 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.