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Warm Headwater, Macroinvertebrate, COOL-Warm Headwater
Fish and Aquatic Life
This twelve mile creek supports several species of fish considered relatively intolerant of pollution. The potential of the stream to support a significant sport fishery is some what limited by flow; but, native gamefish species are suspected to use this stream during high water years and high water periods. A seasonal spawning run of Lake Michigan salmonid species occurs and provides opportunities for fishing. Staff should conduct surveys to assess existing and potential uses during normal to slightly higher water summer periods.
Author Michael Toneys
This twelve mile creek supports several species of fish considered relatively intolerant of pollution. The potential of the stream to support a sport fishery is limited by flow. A seasonal spawning run of Lake Michigan salmonid species and fishing for these species occurs.
Author Aquatic Biologist
Point Creek was recently evaluated during the ten-year period of 2009 through 2018 for results that were reported to the USEPA for the 2020 Clean Water Act condition report. The waterbody is considered impaired, or in poor condition for designated uses which include the quality of fish and aquatic life, recreational use, and public health and welfare (fish consumption and related). Pollutants or problems encountered during sampling (impairments) are determined based on water quality standards outlined in Wisconsin 2020 Consolidated Assessment and Listing Methodology (WisCALM). Assessment results show water conditions that are potentially harmful for Aquatic Life use due to values for total phosphorus that fall into the range expected for an aquatic community in poor health, therefore this water is listed as impaired.
Assessment results during the 2020 listing cycle show impairment by total phosphorus; however biological communities assessed (macroinvertebrate and fish Index of Biotic Integrity) were in good health. Based on the most updated information, this water was proposed for the impaired waters list in 2020.
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 Targeted Area
This project is to do an initial assessment on Point Creek to determine if there are any impairments and if additional data are needed to determine if the creek should be added to the impaired waters list. The timing of this project is excellent because the fisheries folks will be assessing the fish community in Point Creek this summer so this monitoring can be used in conjunction with the fish data to determine the current overall stream health.
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|
|66000||Point Creek||363331||Point Creek at Cth F||9/27/1999||1/1/2015||Map||Data|
|66000||Point Creek||363335||Point Creek at S. Union Road||12/4/1986||10/25/2004||Map||Data|
|66000||Point Creek||10016066||Point Crk. - Above Point Crk. Rd.||4/24/1979||5/3/1985||Map||Data|
|66000||Point Creek||363357||Point Creek at Wayne Schuette Property Private Pond Upstream Drain Tile||7/21/2004||10/25/2004||Map||Data|
|66000||Point Creek||10033507||Centerville CARES Point Creek Station||Map||Data|
|66000||Point Creek||363328||Point Creek at Wayne Schuette Property||5/10/2004||10/25/2004||Map||Data|
|66000||Point Creek||10011684||Point Creek 0.7 miles US CTH LS||9/22/2004||9/22/2004||Map||Data|
|66000||Point Creek||10047169||Point Creek at S. Gass Lake Rd.||Map||Data|
|66000||Point Creek||363368||Point Creek at Centerville Road Near Newton WI||9/23/1998||9/21/2017||Map||Data|
|66000||Point Creek||10016062||Point Creek - Above Point Creek Road||12/4/1986||1/1/2015||Map||Data|
|66000||Point Creek||10031653||Point Creek Below Hwy LS||Map||Data|
|66000||Point Creek||10033451||Point Creek at Newton Road||Map||Data|
|66000||Point Creek||104438||Point Creek||8/5/2017||8/5/2017||Map||Data|
|66000||Point Creek||363225||Point Creek at CTH LS||5/22/2001||11/7/2019||Map||Data|
|66000||Point Creek||363333||Point Creek at Center Road||5/10/2004||9/21/2017||Map||Data|
|66000||Point Creek||363330||Point Creek at Hwy 43||5/10/2004||10/25/2004||Map||Data|
|66000||Point Creek||363356||Point Creek at Wayne Schuette Property Private Pond Drain Tile||7/21/2004||12/9/2004||Map||Data|
|66000||Point Creek||10016323||Point Creek at Mouth Of Point Creek - Smallopen Area Lots Of Ice||12/4/1986||12/4/1986||Map||Data|
|66000||Point Creek||10011686||Point Creek at Hwy F||12/4/1986||1/1/2015||Map||Data|
Point Creek is located in the Sevenmile and Silver Creeks watershed which is 112.90 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily agricultural (57.20%), grassland (18.40%) and a mix of wetland (7.50%) and other uses (16.80%). This watershed has 184.08 stream miles, 10,577.89 lake acres and 4,732.70 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.
Point Creek is considered a Warm Headwater, Macroinvertebrate, COOL-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.
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.
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.
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