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Characterization of Fish Creek: Stream and Nearby Groundwater Hydrology, and Selected Water Quality and Biological Communities, Fish Creek, Wyoming

Fish Creek, an approximately 15-mile long tributary of the Snake River, is located in Teton County in western Wyoming near the town of Wilson.  Local residents began observing an increase in the growth of algae and aquatic plants in Fish Creek during the last decade.  To more fully understand the hydrologic system and the possible relation to aquatic life in the stream, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), in cooperation with the Teton Conservation District, began conducting a multi-phase study to:

      • Describe the interaction of surface water and groundwater along Fish Creek
      • Determine if algal growth in Fish Creek is typical for a stream of its size and geographic area
      • Determine if nutrients entering Fish Creek are from nearby land use
      • Describe the quality of the water in Fish Creek and the health of its biological communities

      The study was conducted in three phases and results are shown on web pages describing:

      • Seepage investigation (2004)
      • Using heat as a tracer to determine groundwater/surface-water interaction (2005-06)
      • Characterization of water quality and related biological communities (2007-11)

       Map of study area Gaging station Fish Creek At Wilson, Wyoming (station 13016450



      Cheryl Eddy Miller
      521 Progress Circle, Suite 6
      Cheyenne, Wyoming 82007
      (307) 775-9167

      Wyoming-Montana Water Science Center




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