August Hoppe, Secretary of Ulao Creek Partnership, romoves a log
jam which limited the passage of northern pike and other aquatic
Volunteers successfully removed for fish passage barriers on
Ulao Creek. Pictured left to right are Geoff Schramm, Richard
and Laura Weber, and August Hoppe.
others helping out
Ulao Creek free flowing again.
The Ulao Creek Partnership
(UCP) removed 4 barriers which likely prevented northern pike from
getting upstream to desirable spawning areas in and along Ulao Creek.
These barriers consisting of
log jams and woody debris were removed from the lower reaches of Ulao
Creek on the Elsie Corsentino and Tom Mayer properties close to where
the creek outlets into the Milwaukee River.
In early spring, northern pike
in the Milwaukee River enter Ulao Creek with the desire to spawn
upstream in the many shallow wetlands adjacent to the creek. The eggs
are laid on submerged vegetation on which they adhere and hatch in less
than 2 weeks.
Tim Kaul, past Ulao Creek
Partnership President and landowner in the upper reaches of the creek,
indicated it was common years ago to see large northern pike spawning in
the shallow wetlands on his farm.
In an effort to provide fish
and other aquatic life the ability to more freely move up and
downstream, the Ozaukee County Planning, Resources and Land Management
Department applied for and received funds from the Wisconsin Coastal
Management Program to complete an inventory of stream passage
impediments on 14 streams, one being Ulao Creek. The inventory completed
by Northern Environmental Technologies identified 100 suspected fish
passage barriers in the 14 streams.
Fish and other aquatic species
to complete their life cycle, must often travel great distances to find
suitable habitat for spawning, rearing young, or surviving the winter.
Unfortunately, dams, improperly placed culverts, other artificial
structures and natural occurring barriers fragment and isolate parts of
many rivers and streams.
It is hoped this effort and
other projects completed by the Ulao Creek Partnership will further
promote a more healthy and diverse Ulao Creek ecosystem.