Fish and Aquatic Life
Local Water, in the Upper East Branch Pecatonica River Watershed, is a 3.00 mile river that falls in Iowa County. This river is managed for fishing and swimming and is currently not considered impaired.
Author Aquatic Biologist
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.
Engage Volunteers in Monitoring/Restoration
The Prairie Enthusiasts will sponsor a project on the Mounds View Creek, in the Town of Brigham, Iowa County. The goals of this project include ecological restoration, education and capacity building as terrestrial volunteers expand their focus to this small stream. Project deliverables include: 1) preparation of a stream corridor restoration plan that identifies management goals that could potentially include establishing native brook trout or redside dace population, 2.) tracking of potential water quality and stream ecological changes that coincide with the landscape scale restoration, and enter the gathered data into the DNR volunteer stream monitoring database.3.) establishing a team of volunteers to conduct routine water quality surveys along with the assistance of a licensed hydrologist, 4.) hiring an intern to conduct and intensive stream habitat evaluation and to prepare a stream restoration plan based on the habitat, water quality and biota information, and 5.) demonstrate the ecological connections between upland and riparian management with environmental health of the stream.
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|
|915200||Unnamed||10040404||Unnamed Creek (915200) at Schurch-Thomson Preserve 0.5 mi S of Ameson Dr||8/31/2010||8/31/2010||Map||Data|
|915200||Unnamed||10033455||TPE Mounds View Creek||4/3/2011||7/20/2011||Map||Data|
|915200||Unnamed||10039629||Unnamed Cr (915200) at 0.5 E of Moundsview Rd and Williams-Barneveld Creek crossing||8/31/2010||8/31/2010||Map||Data|
|915200||Unnamed||10031459||Unnamed Tributary to East Branch Pecatonica River at Mounds View Rd. .8 mile N of County F||7/21/2010||7/31/2015||Map||Data|
Unnamed is located in the Upper East Branch Pecatonica River watershed which is 140.18 mi². Land use in the watershed is primarily grassland (52.10%), agricultural (22.10%) and a mix of forest (20.70%) and other uses (5.10%). This watershed has 395.65 stream miles, 61.72 lake acres and 834.33 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.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.