Fish and Aquatic Life
Brick Creek is impounded at two locations to create Sportsman Lake and Owen Pond. Sportsman Lake, located north of Owen, is upstream of Owen Pond. In January 1992, Brick Creek had dissolved oxygen levels of 5.8 mg/l below Sportsman Lake and 8.2 mg/l below Owen Pond. However, both impoundments had dissolved oxygen levels <1 mg/l (La Liberte). Dissolved oxygen levels during the summer are expected to be lower than those measured in January since cold water can dissolve more oxygen than warm water. The water quality standard for dissolved oxygen is 5 mg/l.
Poor water quality was documented in Brick Creek below Owen Pond in the spring of 1992. Significant organic loading, which results in lower dissolved oxygen levels, was confirmed through macroinvertebrate testing of the stream (WDNR, 1992(a)). The biological potential of this creek without impoundments is unknown.
From: Koperksi, Cindy. 1999. Black River Water Quality Management Plan (draft). Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Madison, WI.
Author Cynthia Koperski
Brick Creek T29N, R2W, S36, Surface Acres = 6.9, Miles = 6.0.
Brick Creek is a medium hard water stream having a light brown color that flows south into the Poplar River. It appeared to have a medium gradient. One dam impounds the stream at Owen. Cleared agricultural land constitutes about 70 percent of the watershed. Forage species constitute the fish population. There are 1.2 miles of public frontage. Access is also possible from six bridge crossings and by boat from the impoundment at Owen.
From: Klick, Thomas A. and C.W. Threinen, 1965. Surface Water Resources of Clark County: Lake and Stream Classification Project. Wisconsin Conservation Department, Madison, WI.
Author Aquatic Biologist
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.
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
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Brick Creek is located in the Popple River watershed which is 216.76 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily agricultural (54.90%), forest (17.50%) and a mix of wetland (14.70%) and other uses (12.80%). This watershed has 386.23 stream miles, 250.90 lake acres and 20,350.85 wetland acres.
Nonpoint Source Characteristics
This watershed is ranked Not Ranked for runoff impacts on streams, Not Available for runoff impacts on lakes and Medium for runoff impacts on groundwater and therefore has an overall rank of Medium. 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.