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Helping fish and irrigation on Battle Creek

02 Nov
the sun shines on Battle Creek

the sun shines on Battle Creek

We have been working with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Partners Program for a number of years. The Partners Program, along with several other partners, have helped us in a project on Battle Creek that includes a number of structures that enhance habitat for fish, especially Colorado Cutthroat Trout, and provide improved flood irrigation for our native hay meadows. This, in turn, benefits the wetlands that support our bird populations. The structures also protect the stream banks against erosion during spring runoff. The structures got a good test during the high runoff years of 2010 and 2011. We saved a lot of meadowland, but some of the structures took a beating. We had a Colorado structure that failed and was causing erosion. Thanks to NRCS and the Fish and Wildlife Service, we were able to repair and enhance these rock and log structures, and are good to go!

 

 

 

It takes big machines. Thanks to our very professional crew!

It takes big machines. Thanks to our very professional crew!

New double drop structure near the headgate

New double drop structure near the headgate

dripping water as the wood is placed in the Creek

dripping water as the wood is placed in the Creek

This operator can grasp a toothpick if he chooses

This operator can grasp a toothpick if he chooses

Preparing the floodplain

Preparing the floodplain

Seamus checks out the trackhoe bucket

Seamus checks out the trackhoe bucket

McCoy and the dogs check out the new structure

McCoy and the dogs check out the new structure

Val reflects upon the project

Val reflects upon the project

 

 

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