Fish and Aquatic Life
Herman Creek, in the Shioc River Watershed, is a 11.66 mile river that falls in Outagamie and Shawano Counties. This river is managed for fishing and swimming and is currently not considered impaired.
Author Aquatic Biologist
Herman Creek, T24N, R17E, Sec. 6(15), Area = 1.7 acres, Length = 2.4 miles, M.P.A. = 225 ppm,
Gradient = 4.2 feet/mile.
Herman Creek is a clear, hard water tributary to the Shioc River. Sand and silt are the basic bottom
materials. Common invertebrates are snails , clams, and crayfish. The only known fishery consists of forage
species and bullheads. Instream cover includes undercut banks, debris, and aquatic vegetation. The banks
in the bend areas are severely undercut and are collapsing into the stream. The surrounding area is mostly
agricultural with wooded pasture adjacent to the stream. Little in the way of game value is present due
to the open condition of the pasture. There is only one town road crossing this stream in Outagamie County.
From: Nelson, Linden M. and Ronald L. Fassbender. Surface Water Resources of Outagamie 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.
NE NE S34 T25N R17E; Herman Creek, trib;
NE NE S34 T25N R17E; Herman Creek, trib;
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|
|318000||Herman Creek||10047829||Herman Creek at Herman Creek Road||Map||Data|
|318000||Herman Creek||10055978||Herman Creek DS HWY 156||Map||Data|
|318000||Herman Creek||10039257||Herman Creek at Hwy 47||Map||Data|
|318000||Herman Creek||10020882||Herman Creek-Hwy 47 Above Farmer'S Bridge||5/18/2005||5/18/2005||Map||Data|
|318000||Herman Creek||10055962||Herman Creek at Shady Lane||Map||Data|
|318000||Herman Creek||10020816||Herman Creek-Above Bridge 70 Feet Off Krull Rd. In Nichols.||5/16/2005||5/16/2005||Map||Data|
Herman Creek is located in the Shioc River watershed which is 189.76 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily agricultural (55.60%), wetland (20.40%) and a mix of grassland (12.30%) and other uses (11.70%). This watershed has 375.85 stream miles, 323.09 lake acres and 23,354.20 wetland acres.
Nonpoint Source Characteristics
This watershed is ranked High 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.