Fish and Aquatic Life
This Class II trout stream flows into the Brunsweiler River. Old data reported the stream's ability to support trout had been inhibited by beaver activities. The creek is primarily a sand and silt stream with a few gravel-bottomed riffle areas used for spawning. Much of the stream is within the Chequamegon National Forest. During survey work conducted as part of the coastal wetlands evaluation no rare species of macroinvertebrate were found and overall taxa richness was moderate (5-24 species) (Epstein 1997). Impoundment was a significant factor affecting habitat quality.
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.
Educate and engage residents
The Friends of McCarthy Park will strengthen the effectiveness of their organization; promote, educate and involve citizens in the quality of the Creek's ecosystem; protect, enhance, and restore the quality of the Creek's ecosystem; and provide outdoor recreational opportunities that protect the creek.
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|
|2917400||McCarthy Creek||10010681||Mccarthy Creek Downstream Of Hwy GG Bridge (1)||4/27/1993||4/27/1993||Map||Data|
|2917400||McCarthy Creek||10047687||McCarthy Creek off FR 184||Map||Data|
|2917400||McCarthy Creek||10016934||Mccarthy Creek - Downstream Of Culvert---Substrate||5/3/1994||5/3/1994||Map||Data|
|2917400||McCarthy Creek||10016520||Mccarthy Creek - Upstream Of Incoming Tributary.Mc2||4/30/1993||4/30/1993||Map||Data|
McCarthy Creek is located in the Marengo River watershed which is 217.53 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily forest (67.40%), wetland (15.30%) and a mix of grassland (11.60%) and other uses (5.70%). This watershed has 450.89 stream miles, 1,497.18 lake acres and 18,112.32 wetland acres.
Nonpoint Source Characteristics
This watershed is ranked Medium for runoff impacts on streams, Not Available 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.