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Catholic Creek Groundwater

Both surface and groundwater quality affect Catholic Creek’s biological communities. Fractures in the basalt underlying the watershed allow for shallow groundwater upwelling, which can convey added nutrients to the stream. Drain tiles installed in the wet areas of farm fields also convey excess nutrients directly to the stream. Nutrient enrichment can lead to aquatic plant and algal growth, which in turn can lead to dissolved oxygen sags when the plants respire. Fish species and the macroinvertebrates that sustain them are negatively affected by dissolved oxygen sags. Algal growth can also cause a loss of instream habitat.

Riparian plantings, wetland restoration, better nutrient management on croplands, off-site watering and riparian fencing for cattle, and septic system upgrades can all benefit the water quality of Catholic Creek. These treatments and BMPs can have a positive impact on several limiting factors simultaneously, as part of a holistic watershed restoration approach.

Objective 5 - Improve Water Quality

One of the five objectives identified in the Catholic Creek Watershed Management Plan is to improve water quality.

Objective Description:

Improve water quality to meet applicable water quality standards, with an established upward trend in the number of stream miles meeting standards. Desired outcomes include reducing nutrient inputs by implementing practices that address problems from agricultural and other historic and current nutrient producing activities.


Implementation of deliverables identified under Objective 1 – Reduce Stream Temperature and Objective 4 – Decrease Sediment Load will improve water quality.


Nez Perce Soil and Water Conservation District
27880 Chambers Road
Culdesac, ID 83524

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 131
Culdesac, ID 83524

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Phone:  208-843-2931

Fax:  208-843-2234


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