Fish and Aquatic Life
Marsh Creek is a short seepage fed tributary to the Wisconsin River. Marsh Creek supports
forage fish although some sport fish may move into the stream from the Wisconsin River.
The stream has a low gradient and portions of the stream in the headwaters have been ditched.
The stream is affected by hydrologic modification and nonpoint source pollution. Migrating
waterfowl have been known to use the stream. A rare aquatic species has been found in the
creek in past surveys.
From: Ripp, Coreen, Koperski, Cindy and Folstad, Jason. 2002. The State of the Lower Wisconsin River Basin.
PUBL WT-559-2002. Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Madison, WI.
Author Cynthia Koperski
Marsh Creek (Marsh Valley Creek) -T8N, R6E, Sec. 6, Surface acres = 1.3, Length = 3.5 mile,. Stream order = I, Gradient = 5.0 ft/mile, Base discharge = 2.7 cfs.
Marsh Creek is a short seepage and spring-fed tributary to the Wisconsin River. Its gradient is lowand many wetlands adjoin the stream. Portions near the headwaters have been ditched. Water quality is good although agricultural runoff and the potential for more ditching pose problems. Migrating waterfowl frequent the area. Access is available at three road crossings. Fish species: forage species.
From: Day Elizabeth A.; Grzebieniak, Gayle P.; Osterby, Kurt M.; and Brynildson, Clifford L., 1985. Lake and Stream Classification Project. Surface Water Resources of Dane County, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Madison, WI
Author Surface Water Inventory Of Wisconsin
This water was assessed during the 2016 listing cycle; total phosphorus sample data clearly met 2016 WisCALM listing thresholds for the Fish and Aquatic Life use. Biological impairment was observed (i.e. at least one macroinvertebrate or fish Index of Biotic Integrity (IBI) scored in the poor condition category), but it was insufficient for a stand-alone assessment.
Author Wdnr Water Quality
The 2018 assessments of Marsh Creek (miles 1-4) showed biological impairment; new fish and macroinvertebrate sample data exceeded the 2018 WisCALM listing criteria for the Fish and Aquatic Life use (i.e. at least one fish and macroinvertebrate Index of Biotic Integrity (IBI) average scored in the poor condition category). However, available total phosphorus sample data clearly met 2018 WisCALM listing criteria for the Fish and Aquatic Life use. 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 Aquatic Biology
This water (1252900, Marsh Creek, AU: 13346) was assessed for the 2016 integrated reporting process and found to have clearly meeting total phosphorus but poor biology (either fish or macroinvertebrates) (see parameter assessment results). Follow up monitoring should be conducted to clarify the status of biology in the water.
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|
|1252900||Marsh Creek||10016850||Marsh Creek - 0||5/17/1991||5/17/1991||Map||Data|
|1252900||Marsh Creek||10020908||Marsh Creek At Beckman Road||5/30/2007||1/1/2015||Map||Data|
Marsh Creek is located in the Roxbury Creek watershed which is 71.11 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily agricultural (40.40%), forest (28.50%) and a mix of wetland (12.80%) and other uses (18.30%). This watershed has 111.73 stream miles, 988.84 lake acres and 4,432.98 wetland acres.
Nonpoint Source Characteristics
This watershed is ranked Not Available 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.