Fish and Aquatic Life
This small, clear water trout stream is tributary to the West Fork of the Brule River. In addition to a major spring water source about 1,000 feet downstream from the County Highway P crossing, the creek receives drainage from an extensive willow and tag alder swamp at its headwaters. Surveys in the 1960s and 1970s found the sand and gravel-bottomed stream supporting migratory runs of trout with resident brook and rainbow also present.
During survey work conducted as part of the coastal wetlands evaluation, one rare species was found and overall taxa richness was high (more than 25 species) (Epstein 1997). The survey noted a significant presence of aquatic plant life.
Author Aquatic Biologist
Wilson Creek (miles 0-2.63) was assessed during the 2018 listing cycle; new biological (fish Index of Biotic Integrity (IBI) scores) sample data were clearly below the 2018 WisCALM listing thresholds for the Fish and Aquatic Life use. This water was meeting this designated use and was not considered impaired.
Author Ashley Beranek
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|
|2870800||Wilson Creek||10013448||Wilson Creek- 17 Meters Upstream Of Second Crossing On Hwy P- Station #1||11/1/2005||11/1/2005||Map||Data|
|2870800||Wilson Creek||10031233||Wilson Creek to 25 feet downstream of Stone Chimney Road||1/1/2015||1/1/2015||Map||Data|
|2870800||Wilson Creek||10031232||Wilson Creek Lower Station at upper edge of swamp meadow||1/1/2015||1/1/2015||Map||Data|
|2870800||Wilson Creek||10015372||Wilson Creek Station #1 - S. Of Stone Chimney Rd||Map||Data|
Wilson 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.