Fish and Aquatic Life
Ashwaubenon Creek, a 15-mile sluggish, hard water stream flowing through agricultural and residential Brown County. Bottom materials consist of rubble, gravel and silt. In the agricultural portion of the stream the stream banks and hills are bare and erosion heavy due to cattle pasturing. In the residential area the stream is filled with litter an debris.
Nonpoint source pollution, point source pollution and urban stormwater runoff singly or in combination cause sedimentation, low dissolved oxygen levels, all of which contribute to poor water quality. Dissolved oxygen and temperature were monitored to document swings in DO due to external factors like rain or plants. Violation of the 5 mg/l state DO standard occurred often. Low or no stream flow during critical summer months also plays a major role in limiting aquatic life in the watershed (Johnson 1996).
Author Cheryl Bougie
The 2018 assessments of Ashwaubenon Creek showed continued impairment by phosphorus; new total phosphorus sample data overwhelmingly exceeded the 2018 WisCALM listing criteria for the Fish and Aquatic Life use. Available biological data did not indicate impairment (i.e. no macroinvertebrate or fish Index of Biotic Integrity (IBI) scored in the "poor" condition category). Based on the most updated information, no change in the existing impaired waters listing was needed.
Author Ashley Beranek
Ashwaubenon Creek (122200) was placed on the impaired waters list in 2008 for Total Phosphorus and Sediment/Total Suspended Solids. The TMDL for these pollutants was approved by the U.S. EPA in 2012. The 2016 listing cycle assessments confirmed a continued impairment due to phosphorus; total phosphorus sample data overwhelmingly exceed 2016 WisCALM listing criteria for the Fish and Aquatic Life use and biological impairment was observed (i.e. at least one macroinvertebrate or fish Index of Biotic Integrity (IBI) scored in the poor condition category).
Author Aaron Larson
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'.
Private Claim 35,36 T22N R19E; Ashwaubenon Creek, trib;
S6 T22N R20E; Ashwaubenon Creek;
TMDL (USEPA) Approved
Ashwaubenon Creek TMDL Approved
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|
|122200||Ashwaubenon Creek||053671||Ashwaubenon Creek - Ashwaubenon Creek At Cth H Bridge De Pere||Map||Data|
|122200||Ashwaubenon Creek||10007892||Aswaubenon Creek - Glory Rd Upstream||11/9/2000||11/9/2000||Map||Data|
|122200||Ashwaubenon Creek||053697||Ashwaubenon Creek at Baeten Rd||Map||Data|
|122200||Ashwaubenon Creek||053232||Ashwaubenon Creek at Creamery Road||5/13/1976||1/1/2015||Map||Data|
|5549071||Unnamed||10044187||Aswaubenon Creek at HWY 41 frontage Rd & Little Rapids Rd||7/29/2015||7/29/2015||Map||Data|
|122200||Ashwaubenon Creek||10044357||Ashwaubenon Creek-Glory Rd.||4/28/2015||4/28/2015||Map||Data|
|117900||Fox River||053213||Fox River at Ashwaubenon Creek||8/31/1976||8/31/1988||Map||Data|
|122200||Ashwaubenon Creek||10044187||Aswaubenon Creek at HWY 41 frontage Rd & Little Rapids Rd||7/29/2015||7/29/2015||Map||Data|
|122200||Ashwaubenon Creek||10017403||Ashwaubenon Creek-Schneider International||9/28/1999||9/28/1999||Map||Data|
|122200||Ashwaubenon Creek||10043029||Ashwaubenon Creek DS Ashwaubomay Park Entrance Road||Map||Data|
|122200||Ashwaubenon Creek||053231||Ashwaubenon Creek at Cth F||4/28/1976||6/24/1976||Map||Data|
|122200||Ashwaubenon Creek||10016502||Ashwaubenon Creek - Grant Street||9/29/1994||10/17/2017||Map||Data|
|122200||Ashwaubenon Creek||10007874||Ashwaubenon Creek- Creamery Rd. Downstream||1/1/2015||8/27/2015||Map||Data|
|122200||Ashwaubenon Creek||053119||Ashwaubenon Creek - County Highway H-Broadway St. 150 Feet Upstream Of Bridge||7/13/1992||7/7/1999||Map||Data|
|122200||Ashwaubenon Creek||053641||Ashwaubenon Creek at Cth G Brg||5/12/1980||12/16/1997||Map||Data|
|122200||Ashwaubenon Creek||053233||Ashwaubenon Creek - Trib Nr Ashwab Cr||5/13/1976||5/13/1976||Map||Data|
|122200||Ashwaubenon Creek||10019161||Fox River -- Ashwaubomay Park||Map||Data|
Ashwaubenon Creek is located in the East River watershed which is 206.32 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily agricultural (43.70%), suburban (19.50%) and a mix of grassland (14.70%) and other uses (22.10%). This watershed has 432.18 stream miles, 7,625.39 lake acres and 6,193.00 wetland acres.
Nonpoint Source Characteristics
This watershed is ranked High for runoff impacts on streams, Not Available 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.