Fish and Aquatic Life
Honey Creek flows for 21 miles before reaching its mouth at Sugar Creek about six miles southeast of East Troy. The general condition of this Warm Water Sport Fishery is unknown.
Author Aquatic Biologist
The 2018 assessments of Honey Creek showed biological impairment; new fish sample data exceeded 2018 WisCALM listing criteria for the Fish and Aquatic Life use (i.e. at least one fish Index of Biotic Integrity (IBI) average scored in the poor condition category). Based on the most updated information, this water was proposed for the impaired waters list.
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 2018. See also the 'monitoring and projects' tab.
Monitor Water Quality or Sediment
Category 3. 2018 TP Results: May Exceed. Station: 10040134. AU: 6777100.
TMDL (USEPA) Approved
USEPA Decision Document for the Approval of the Sugar Honey Creeks Watershed TMDL Approved March 13, 2002. These sediment TMDLs are for impaired streams in the Sugar Creek and Honey Creek Watershed, a 167 square mile area located in Walworth and Racine Counties in southeast Wisconsin, within the Fox River Basin.
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|
|751500||Honey Creek||653253||Honey Creek - Below Honey Lake||7/11/1995||8/10/1995||Map||Data|
|751500||Honey Creek||653256||Honey Creek - Below Honey Lake Dam||8/22/1995||11/16/1995||Map||Data|
|751500||Honey Creek||10017721||Honey Creek/Echo Lake -- Access||Map||Data|
|751500||Honey Creek||10044741||Honey Creek at Spring Prairie Rd||1/1/2015||10/19/2016||Map||Data|
Honey Creek is located in the White River and Nippersink Creek watershed which is 168.35 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily agricultural (44.80%), forest (14.40%) and a mix of wetland (11.30%) and other uses (29.50%). This watershed has 239.00 stream miles, 8,603.24 lake acres and 10,838.84 wetland acres.
Nonpoint Source Characteristics
This watershed is ranked High for runoff impacts on streams, Medium 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.