Mokeler Creek

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Mokeler Creek
Basin features
Main source McHenry County northeast of Harvard, Illinois
1,096 ft (334 m)
42°27′22″N 88°34′11″W / 42.4561111°N 88.5697222°W / 42.4561111; -88.5697222 (Mokeler Creek origin)
River mouth Confluence with Piscasaw Creek southwest of Harvard, Illinois
846 ft (258 m)
42°23′08″N 88°41′47″W / 42.3855556°N 88.6963889°W / 42.3855556; -88.6963889 (Mokeler Creek mouth)Coordinates: 42°23′08″N 88°41′47″W / 42.3855556°N 88.6963889°W / 42.3855556; -88.6963889 (Mokeler Creek mouth)
Progression Mokeler Creek → Piscasaw → Kishwaukee → Rock → Mississippi → Gulf of Mexico
Physical characteristics
Length 10 mi (16 km)
GNIS ID 413707

Mokeler Creek is a 10.1-mile-long (16.3 km)[1] tributary of Piscasaw Creek, itself a tributary of the Kishwaukee River, in northern Illinois.[2]

Course[edit]

Mokeler Creek originates in farm fields between Crowley Road and Oak Grove Road, about 2.5 miles (4.0 km) northeast of Harvard, Illinois.[3] It then flows directly through the city of Harvard.[3] The creek is a tributary of Piscasaw Creek and flows southwest until it empties into the Piscasaw about 4.4 miles (7.1 km) southwest of Harvard.[3]

Description[edit]

Mokeler Creek is 10 stream miles in length.[4] In 1996 the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency assessed the stream for overall resource quality.[4] It was found to have "fair" conditions, with the main contamination problems coming from agricultural run-off and construction.[4] Additionally, the City of Harvard's wastewater treatment plant discharges effluent into Mokeler creek as it flows through the City.

References[edit]

  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey. National Hydrography Dataset high-resolution flowline data. The National Map, accessed May 19, 2011
  2. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Mokeler Creek
  3. ^ a b c Mokeler Creek - Subwatershed Plan, Kishwaukee River Ecosystem Partnership, May 2005, accessed January 23, 2011.
  4. ^ a b c Kishwaukee River, Watersheds of Illinois - 1996 Fact Sheet, Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, 1996, accessed January 22, 2011.