0 - 3.14
Warm Mainstem, Warm Headwater
Fish and Aquatic Life
Schoenick Creek is a seven-mile, harwater, warmwater forage fishery discharging to the Wolf River. It begins at Long Lake and flows through Schoenick Lake before draining to the Wolf River.
From: Bougie, Cheryl A., Kosmond, Lisa D, and Watermolen, Dreux J. 1996. Wolf River Basin Water Quality Management Plan. Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Madison, WI.
Author Cheryl Bougie
Schoenick Creek from its mouth to Schoenick Lake (miles 0 to 3.14) was evaluated in the 2018 cycle and no impairment was found.
Schoenick Creek from Schoenick Lake to Long Lake (miles 3.57 to 4.13) was put on the impaired water list in 2016 for phosphorus. Evaluation in the 2018 cycle confirmed the impairment.
Schoenick Creek from Long Lake to headwaters (miles 4.17 to 7.62) was put on the impaired waters list in 2016 for phosphorus and degraded biology. Evaluation in the 2018 cycle confirmed the impairments.
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.
Monitor Water Quality or Sediment
New Category 2 based on mIBI. 2018 TP Results: May Exceed. Station: 10042835. AU: 9814.
Monitor Water Quality or Sediment
Fox-Wolf 2000 proposes to work with the Schoenick Creek Task Force and the UW-Stevens Point Environmental Task Force to conduct surface water quality monitoring on Long and Schoenick Lakes. Groundwater sampling will be done at inflow and outflow locations of Long Lake. As a result of the sampling, a nutrient budget will be developed for both Long and Schoenick Lakes. The final product of Phase II will be a final report of the current water quality of the Schoenick Creek watershed. A public meeting will be held to disseminate the results and as a result of the study and landowner input, a water quality improvement plan will be developed.
Monitor Water Quality or Sediment
Fox-Wolf 2000 proposes to work with the Schoenick Creek Task Force and the UW-Stevens Point Environmental Task Force to conduct surface water quality assessments of Schoenick Creek. The sampling will consist of base flow and event sampling at 7 sites. The assessment will be used to determine if the water quality problems are associated with groundwater or runoff issues. A second component will be the establishment of a long-term volunteer monitoring team to continue monitoring water quality within the Schoenick Creek watershed. The third component will be watershed landowner education of the project by sending out a letter explaining the sampling and a public meeting.
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|
|321000||Schoenick Creek||10042835||Schoenick Creek 50m us CTH CC||6/24/2014||10/21/2015||Map||Data|
|321100||Schoenick Lake||10052693||Schoenick Creek at Outlet of Schoenick Lake||Map||Data|
|321000||Schoenick Creek||10052693||Schoenick Creek at Outlet of Schoenick Lake||Map||Data|
Schoenick Creek is located in the Middle Wolf River watershed which is 133.78 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily wetland (36.10%), agricultural (30.80%) and a mix of forest (18.90%) and other uses (14.40%). This watershed has 209.37 stream miles, 384.45 lake acres and 30,112.00 wetland acres.
Nonpoint Source Characteristics
This watershed is ranked High for runoff impacts on streams, Low 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.
Schoenick Creek is considered a Warm Mainstem, Warm Headwater under the state's Natural Community Determinations.
Natural communities (stream and lake natural communities) represent model resultsand 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.
Warm Mainstem waters are moderate-to-large but still wadeable perennial streams with relatively warm summer temperatures. Coldwater fishes are absent, transitional fishes are common to uncommon, and warm water fishes are abundant to common. Headwater species are common to absent, mainstem species are abundant to common, and river species are common to absent.
Warm Headwaters are small, usually intermittent streams with warm summer temperatures. Coldwater fishes are absent, transitional fishes are common to uncommon, and warm water fishes are abundant to common. Headwater species are abundant to common, mainstem species are common to absent, and
river species are absent.