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Cool-Cold Mainstem, Macroinvertebrate, Cool-Cold Headwater, Cool-Warm Mainstem, Coldwater, Cool-Warm Headwater
Fish and Aquatic Life
The creek is currently listed as a Class III trout stream, yet a 1984 interim progress
report evaluating trout stocking efforts (Pratt 1993) states, "the species composition of
Big Weirgor Creek suggests the impact of acid precipitation".
Author Aquatic Biologist
Big Weirgor Creek was assessed during the 2018 listing cycle; new total phosphorus sample data were clearly below the 2018 WisCALM listing thresholds for the Fish and Aquatic Life use. This water was meeting this designated use and was not considered impaired.
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.
Water Quality Planning
Big Weirgor Creek Trace Metal Sampling
Monitor Aquatic Biology
Conduct biological (mIBI or fIBI) monitoring on Big Weirgor Creek, WBIC: 2370400, AU:1516657
Water Quality Planning
Monitor Targeted Watershed Area (TWA)
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|
|2370400||Big Weirgor Creek||10037806||Big Weirgor Creek- Downstream of Reichel Road||1/1/2015||1/1/2015||Map||Data|
|2370400||Big Weirgor Creek||10037947||Big Weirgor Creek- Remote access via ATV from County Forest Road 703||Map||Data|
|2370400||Big Weirgor Creek||10029539||Big Weirgor Creek DS Shortcut Road||10/12/2010||12/8/2016||Map||Data|
|2370400||Big Weirgor Creek||10038140||Big Weirgor Creek US Meadow Dam Road||Map||Data|
|2370400||Big Weirgor Creek||10037800||Big Weirgor Creek- Downstream of Old Murry Road||Map||Data|
|2370400||Big Weirgor Creek||10009721||Big Weirgor Wt||Map||Data|
|2370400||Big Weirgor Creek||10037799||Big Weirgor Creek DS Meadow Dam Road||1/1/2015||10/24/2016||Map||Data|
|5004989||Unnamed||10037947||Big Weirgor Creek- Remote access via ATV from County Forest Road 703||Map||Data|
|2370400||Big Weirgor Creek||10037945||Big Weirgor Creek- Access trail under Powerline (off of Taylor Road)||Map||Data|
|2370400||Big Weirgor Creek||10012951||Big Weirgor Creek US Reichel Rd||4/21/2016||12/8/2016||Map||Data|
|2370400||Big Weirgor Creek||553176||Spring Creek - 12343-B at Meadow Dam Rd||10/25/2005||8/27/2014||Map||Data|
|2370400||Big Weirgor Creek||10012922||Big Weirgor||Map||Data|
|2370400||Big Weirgor Creek||10012068||Big Weirgor Creek at Meadow Dam Road - Big Weirgor/ Not Cwt||Map||Data|
|2370400||Big Weirgor Creek||10037807||Big Weirgor Creek- Spur road off of Lone Pine Road||Map||Data|
|2370400||Big Weirgor Creek||10012980||Big Weigor Creek - 50m Ds From Bridge (On Sth 40)||Map||Data|
|2370400||Big Weirgor Creek||10009746||B Weirgor Meadow Dam Rd Feral Brown T||Map||Data|
|2370400||Big Weirgor Creek||10040470||Big Weirgor Creek 500 ft S of Old Murry Rd ||6/18/2005||7/17/2005||Map||Data|
Big Weirgor Creek is located in the Weirgor Creek and Brunet River watershed which is 324.00 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily forest (64.80%), wetland (24.80%) and a mix of agricultural (4.10%) and other uses (6.40%). This watershed has 407.41 stream miles, 2,240.99 lake acres and 39,377.08 wetland acres.
Nonpoint Source Characteristics
This watershed is ranked Low for runoff impacts on streams, Not Ranked for runoff impacts on lakes and Low for runoff impacts on groundwater and therefore has an overall rank of Low. 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.
Big Wiergor Creek is considered a Cool-Cold Mainstem, Macroinvertebrate, Cool-Cold Headwater, Cool-Warm Mainstem, Coldwater, Cool-Warm Headwater under the state's Natural Community Determinations.
Natural communities (stream and lake natural communities) represent model results and DNR staff valiation processes that confirm or update predicted conditions based on flow and temperature modeling from historic and current landscape features and related variables. Predicated flow and temperatures for waters are associated predicated fish assemblages (communities). Biologists evaluate the model results against current survey data to determine if the modeled results are corect and whether biological indicators show water quaity degradation. This analysis is a core component of the state's resource management framework. Wisconsin's Riverine Natural Communities.
Cool (Warm-Transition) Headwaters are small, sometimes intermittent streams with cool to warm summer temperatures. Coldwater fishes are uncommon to absent, transitional fishes are abundant to common, and warm water fishes are common to uncommon. Headwater species are abundant to common, mainstem species are common to absent, and river species are absent.
Cool (Cold-Transition) Mainstem streams are moderate-to-large but still wadeable perennial streams with cold to cool summer temperatures. Coldwater fishes are common to uncommon, transitional fishes are abundant to common, and warm water fishes are uncommon to absent. Headwater species are common to absent,
mainstem species are abundant to common, and river species are common to absent.
Cool (Cold-Transition) Headwaters are small, usually perennial streams with cold to cool summer temperatures. Coldwater fishes are common to uncommon (<10 per 100 m), transitional fishes are abundant to common, and warm water fishes are uncommon to absent. Headwater species are abundant to common, mainstem species are common to absent, and river species are absent.