Fish and Aquatic Life
A stormwater outfall from the City of Shell discharges to the headwaters of this stream.
Author Surface Water Inventory Of Wisconsin
Sawyer Creek, T18N, R16E, Section 15 (4), Area = 18.2 acres, Length = 2.5 miles, Gradient = 11.0 feet/mile.
Sawyer Creek is a clear, hard water stream tributary to the Fox River. All but the lower
one mile of stream is intermittent. The lower mile contains water but has no measurable flow at
low water stages. This portion lies within the City of Oshkosh and is a catch-all for trash and
litter. The fishery is minimal but bullheads and panfish are known to exist. Wildlife values are
minimal. Even though much of the stream is intermittent, Sawyer Creek carries tremendous volumes
of water during peak runoff periods. Minor flood damage often occurs along the stream.
One small city park, two city streets, two town roads, one county highway, and one federal
highway provide public access.
From: 1975. Surface Water Resources of Winnebago County: Lake and Stream Classification Project.
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Madison, WI.
Author Surface Water Inventory Of Wisconsin
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.
T18N R16E; Sawyer Creek;
S36 T18N R15E ; Sawyer Creek, trib; externsion of previous determination
SW 1/4 S30 T18N R16E; Sawyer Creek, unnamed trib;
18N 16E S29; Sawyer Creek, Trib; extension of previous determin
18N 16E S31; Sawyer Creek;
18N 16E S30; Honey Creek;
17N 16E S5,8; Sawyer Creek;
Sawyer Creek is classified as supporting a limited aquatic life community. The stream is a clear, hardwater tributary to the Fox River. The stream is intermittent except for the lower one mile, which contains water but has no measurable flow during low water stages. This portion lies within the City of Oshkosh and is a catch-all for trash. The fishery is minimal but bullheads and panfish are known to exist. Even though much of the stream is intermittent, Sawyer Creek carries tremendous volumes of water during peak runoff periods.
Author Aquatic Biologist
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|
|139800||Sawyer Creek||713296||Sawyer Creek at Cth K||5/8/1997||10/8/1997||Map||Data|
Sawyer Creek is located in the Lake Butte Des Mortes watershed which is 79.65 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily agricultural (43.60%), open (16.80%) and a mix of suburban (13.40%) and other uses (26.30%). This watershed has 128.44 stream miles, 85.47 lake acres and 1,498.62 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.