Green Lake, Marquette
Fish and Aquatic Life
Belle Fountain Creek, in the Lower Grand River Watershed, is a 12.30 mile river that falls in Green Lake County. This river is managed for fishing and swimming and is currently not considered impaired.
Author Aquatic Biologist
Belle Fountain Creek, T14N, RI0E, Section 13, Surface Acres = 12.9, Miles = 7.6, Gradient = 2.2 feet per mile.
A low-gradient, meandering stream that originates in Green Lake County, flows northerly for a short distance in Marquette County, then reenters Green Lake County to flow to the Grand River, tributary to the Fox River. Graham Creek is its only major tributary. The stream flows through marsh most of its course and has primarily a forage species fishery. Northern pike are seasonal inhabitants. The bottom is mucky. There are no public lands adjoining the stream. Access is afforded by a town road crossing.
From: Poff, Ronald J. and Threinen, C.W., 1963. Lake and Stream Classification Project. Surface Water Resources of Marquette County, 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.
Monitor Water Quality or Sediment
Do not list for TP until more recent data can be collected AU: 11099; Station ID: 10028731
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|
|160000||Belle Fountain Creek||10028731||Belle Fountain Creek At Sth 44||5/21/2008||1/1/2015||Map||Data|
|160000||Belle Fountain Creek||243028||Belle Fountain Creek at Cth B (Bi)||5/8/1979||5/26/2021||Map||Data|
|160000||Belle Fountain Creek||10047470||Wetland [ID 24423695208]||10/3/2016||10/3/2016||Map||Data|
|160000||Belle Fountain Creek||243044||Belle Fountain Creek at Gillet Rd||8/16/2011||1/1/2015||Map||Data|
|160000||Belle Fountain Creek||393129||Belle Fountain Creek at Golden Road||4/21/1997||7/23/1997||Map||Data|
|160000||Belle Fountain Creek||10030759||Belle Fountain Creek - downstream from Lovers Lane||9/24/2008||1/1/2015||Map||Data|
|160000||Belle Fountain Creek||10047832||Belle Fountain Creek at County Trunk HWY FF||Map||Data|
Belle Fountain Creek is located in the Lower Grand River watershed which is 109.39 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily agricultural (44.50%), wetland (23.10%) and a mix of forest (15.90%) and other uses (16.50%). This watershed has 185.16 stream miles, 1,264.36 lake acres and 13,715.30 wetland acres.
Nonpoint Source Characteristics
This watershed is ranked Not Ranked for runoff impacts on streams, Not Ranked 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.