Monday, November 19, 2012

Stream Improvements - Sulphur Springs Watershed

I had the privilege of working with the Chagrin River Watershed Partners (CRWP) and Cleveland Metro Parks (Mike Durkalec) along with TU and many volunteers on a stream improvement project. CRWP received a Grant from the US Fish and Wildlife Service's for the purpose of restoring a section of the Sulphur Springs creek near Solon and Bentleyville. One of goals is the reintroduction of the once native brook trout. 

The impact of urban development has been somewhat negative, but with efforts such as this one it can be improved. We can all help make a difference by volunteering our time for stream improvement initiatives as well as being more aware of how we manage our storm water, fertilizers, and construction of new homes. The CRWP is putting together education programs and will provide communities with information on managing the resource.

Our focus for the day was on streamside and flood plain stabilization by planting grasses, willows, and trees along the bank that will reduce the siltation and provide a canopy helping to keep the waters cooler. Visit the CRWP web site   for more information.

We had about 15 volunteers of all ages working on Saturday. We all made new friends and walked away with new found knowledge and respect for our environment. I highly recommend getting involved with this effort as it does benefit us all. 

Below are some pictures of the event. 

This is a great way to spend the day for young and old. Bring your kids, get them involved, have some fun and help make a difference. Keep your eyes open for the next volunteer request. You won't be disappointed.

I will try to announce upcoming events on my web site, but also check with .

As always if you have any questions don't hesitate to drop me an email  I will get back to you.

Best Regards,
Scott McClintock
RSM Fly Fishing

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