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Restoration Planning for Mill Creek

Posted in: Helpful, Inspiring Teams, News, People- Feb 07, 2013 1 Comment

By: Jim Marstiller, President- Mill Creek Watershed Coalition

On Feb 1st Bob Gubernick, a nationally recognized restorative geologist and hydrologist, hosted a “Meet and Greet” event on Mill Creek. Bob has 29 years of experience and has done extensive restoration work on rivers in Alaska, the Pacific Northwest and New England. The purpose of this event was to meet with people interested in the Mill Creek conservation work and hear Bob’s perspectives.

For over an hour, 16 people – most wearing waders and walking in the creek with Bob – listened to his thinking on the watershed and asked questions. This was followed by a 90 minute slide show back at the Forest Service office which featured watershed restoration work from all over the country.

The potential plan for Mill Creek is extensive and would take years to complete. It involves everything from the tributary creeks, bridges, roads, surrounding woodlands, the flood plain, aquatic habitat structures and recreational considerations.

The first phase involves the creation of an engineering survey of the riparian corridor by Mr Gubernick. Partial funding for this survey was made possible in part through a grant from the Federation of Fly Fishers. The survey work will begin in early 2013. It was interesting to note that reviewing aerial photos of  Mill Creek from the 1930s is part of this process. The actual restoration work in the watershed is estimated to last from 7-10 years and will be funded in part by a Forest Stewardship agreement.

This group included Nat Gillespie, Assistant National Fisheries Program Leader in the Washington DC office;  Bill Nightingale, Supervisor Mark Twain National Forest; Bob Gubernick, Kim Bittle, Mark Twain District Ranger, Kelly Whitsett MTNF Hydrologist and Karst Manager; Dr Dev Niyogi, Professor of Aquatic Ecology at Mo University S&T and others including myself. Their purpose was to see the watershed and further assess its potential to be a model for small stream restoration. They were quite impressed with the biodiversity of the natural communities and the potential for restoration.

  • Rcpellet

    If we all try ,   WE will succed  !!!

    Thanks Rich