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Cool-Cold Headwater, Coldwater
Sediment/Total Suspended Solids
Fish and Aquatic Life
This warm water creek is classified as a warm water sport fishery stream. During wet years, it receives an influx of game species from the Pecatonica River. However, due to severe agricultural non-point source pollution, the stream mainly contains warm water forage species. It has not been monitored recently.
Author Aquatic Biologist
From: Poff, Ronald J., and C.W. Threinen, Lake and Stream Classification Project. Surface Water Resources of Green County, Wisconsin Conservation Department, Madison I, 1961.
Flows south to Browntown and west to the Pecatonica River. Managed for forage fish. Meanders through pastured and cropped land. Catfish and suckers are present in the lower section of the stream. Heavily eroded, deep cut stream banks.
Surface Acres= 12.1, Miles= 10.0, Gradient= 16.0' per mile
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.
Monitor Aquatic Biology
Conduct biological (mIBI or fIBI) monitoring on Flat Rock Creek, WBIC: 957500, AU:18563
Monitor Aquatic Biology
Conduct biological (mIBI or fIBI) monitoring on Jordan Creek, WBIC: 895000, AU:18541
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|
|895000||Jordan Creek||10010067||Jordan Creek - Jordan Creek Remap 166-B||Map||Data|
|895000||Jordan Creek||10021855||Jordan Creek At Jordan Center Road Upstream From Cth M||10/30/2007||1/1/2015||Map||Data|
|895000||Jordan Creek||10032528||Jordan Creek at mouth near Hwy. 11 Cadiz||8/12/2014||8/12/2014||Map||Data|
|895000||Jordan Creek||10020493||Jordan Creek - 10 M Downstrm Cth Y||11/7/2006||11/7/2006||Map||Data|
|895000||Jordan Creek||10014392||Jordan Creek-Upstream Cth M (0.25mile S Cth Y) 158m To End Gps||8/12/2014||8/12/2014||Map||Data|
|895000||Jordan Creek||233231||Jordan Creek - Jordan Creek Duplicate||6/30/2003||6/30/2003||Map||Data|
|895000||Jordan Creek||233226||Jordan Creek - (Bridge)||6/30/2003||6/30/2003||Map||Data|
|895000||Jordan Creek||233232||Jordan Creek - (Bridge) Duplicate||6/30/2003||6/30/2003||Map||Data|
|895000||Jordan Creek||10017241||Jordan Cr.-67 Ft. Downstream Of Bridge On County M-Second Riffle Downstream. Downstream Of Entrance Of Little Trib.||5/7/1980||1/1/2015||Map||Data|
|895000||Jordan Creek||233225||Jordan Creek - Jordan Creek||6/30/2003||11/7/2003||Map||Data|
|895000||Jordan Creek||10010046||Jordan Creek - Jordan Creek Remap 166-X||Map||Data|
Jordan Creek is located in the Jordan and Skinner Creeks watershed which is 94.06 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily agricultural (41.80%), grassland (41.30%) and a mix of forest (11.80%) and other uses (5.20%). This watershed has 234.78 stream miles, 48.73 lake acres and 1,559.08 wetland acres.
Nonpoint Source Characteristics
This watershed is ranked Not Ranked 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.This water is ranked High Stream for individual Rivers based on runoff problems and the likelihood of success from project implementation.
Jordan Creek is considered a Cool-Cold Headwater, Coldwater 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 (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.
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