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Cool-Cold Headwater, Cool-Cold Mainstem, Cool-Warm Mainstem, Cool-Warm Headwater
Fish and Aquatic Life
Sugar Creek, in the Sugar and Honey Creeks Watershed, is a 26.33 mile river that falls in Walworth County. This river is managed for fishing and swimming and is currently considered impaired.
Author Aquatic Biologist
Sugar Creek (752100) was placed on the impaired waters list in 2012 for total phosphorus. The 2016 assessments showed continued impairment by phosphorus; total phosphorus sample data exceed 2016 WisCALM listing criteria for the Fish and Aquatic Life use, however, available biological data do not indicate impairment (i.e. no macroinvertebrate or fish Index of Biotic Integrity (IBI) scored in the "poor" condition category). Based on the most updated information, no change in existing impaired waters listing is needed.
Author Aaron Larson
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
2008 - 2016 TP: May Meet. AU: 10488 (entire stream). Station 10029083. Potential TP delisting in 2020.
Monitor Water Quality or Sediment
Category 5P. 2018 TP Results: May Meet. Station: 10029083. AU: 10488.
Nine Key Element Plan
Sugar/Honey Creek PWS Plan - Nine Key Element Plan - The Sugar/Honey Creek Priority Watershed Project plan assesses the nonpoint sources of pollution in the Sugar/Honey Creek Watershed and guides the implementation of nonpoint source control measures. These control measures are needed to meet specific water resource objectives for the Sugar and Honey Creek and its tributaries. The purpose of this project is to reduce the amount of pollutants originating from nonpoint sources that reach surface water and groundwater within the Sugar/Honey Creek Priority Watershed Project area.
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|
|752100||Sugar Creek||653226||Sugar Creek - Sc-D Sugar Cr - B-Up||Map||Data|
|752100||Sugar Creek||653250||Sugar Creek at Hodunk Rd||7/11/1995||11/2/1995||Map||Data|
|752100||Sugar Creek||653251||Sugar Creek at Hargrave Rd||7/11/1995||11/16/1995||Map||Data|
|752100||Sugar Creek||653101||Sugar Creek at Cth G||Map||Data|
|752100||Sugar Creek||653203||Sugar Creek at Bowers Rd 2m (Bi)||5/23/1979||10/24/1979||Map||Data|
|752100||Sugar Creek||653249||Sugar Creek at Cth Es||7/11/1995||11/14/1995||Map||Data|
|752100||Sugar Creek||10008063||Sugar Creek - 1 - Upstream Hodunk Road||10/1/2003||10/1/2003||Map||Data|
|752100||Sugar Creek||10029548||Sugar Creek at Hargraves Rd Bridge||1/1/2015||10/28/2016||Map||Data|
|752100||Sugar Creek||653204||Sugar Creek at Potters Rd 3m (Bi)||5/23/1979||11/2/1995||Map||Data|
|752100||Sugar Creek||653228||Sugar Creek - Sc-F Sugar Cr - B-Dn||11/14/1995||12/1/1995||Map||Data|
|752100||Sugar Creek||10029083||Sugar Creek at Potter Road||8/26/2008||10/23/2020||Map||Data|
|752100||Sugar Creek||10032446||Sugar Creek at Us Hwy. 12||Map||Data|
|752100||Sugar Creek||653235||Sugar Creek at Cth Dd||5/6/1992||12/21/1992||Map||Data|
|752100||Sugar Creek||10009267||Spring Brook 3 Upstream Of Hargraves Road||Map||Data|
|752100||Sugar Creek||10010450||Sugar Creek1atHodges Rd.(45-50m Upstream)||7/29/2016||11/3/2016||Map||Data|
|752100||Sugar Creek||10051097||Sugar Creek at Unnamed (5578717) Lake||5/6/2018||9/15/2018||Map||Data|
|752100||Sugar Creek||10029549||Sugar Creek US of Hodunk Rd Bridge||1/1/2015||11/3/2016||Map||Data|
|752100||Sugar Creek||653222||Sugar Creek - Sc-Z Sugar Cr Upstream||6/2/1981||5/17/1982||Map||Data|
|752100||Sugar Creek||10008064||Sugar Creek - 2 - Upstream Potters Road||11/16/1995||11/16/1995||Map||Data|
|752100||Sugar Creek||653221||Sugar Creek - Sc-1 Sugar Cr Downstream||6/2/1981||9/14/1982||Map||Data|
|752100||Sugar Creek||10038543||Sugar Creek at HWY 120 Bridge||1/1/2015||1/1/2015||Map||Data|
|752100||Sugar Creek||653102||Sugar Creek at Cth Dd||Map||Data|
|752100||Sugar Creek||653223||Sugar Creek - Sc-A Sugar Cr - P-Up||8/20/1981||12/9/1981||Map||Data|
|752100||Sugar Creek||653247||Sugar Creek at Foster Rd||7/11/1995||11/3/2016||Map||Data|
|752100||Sugar Creek||653202||Sugar Creek at Cth H 1m (Bi Sur)||5/23/1979||10/26/1979||Map||Data|
|752100||Sugar Creek||653225||Sugar Creek - Sc-C Sugar Cr - P-Dn||8/20/1981||10/20/1999||Map||Data|
|5578717||Unnamed||10051097||Sugar Creek at Unnamed (5578717) Lake||5/6/2018||9/15/2018||Map||Data|
Sugar Creek is located in the Sugar and Honey Creeks watershed which is 166.22 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily agricultural (55.30%), forest (15.10%) and a mix of wetland (10.90%) and other uses (18.60%). This watershed has 208.62 stream miles, 1,943.12 lake acres and 9,489.18 wetland acres.
Nonpoint Source Characteristics
This watershed is ranked High for runoff impacts on streams, Medium 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.
Sugar Creek is considered a Cool-Cold Headwater, Cool-Cold Mainstem, Cool-Warm Mainstem, 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.
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.