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Lower water levels and sediment buildup in Beargrass Creek - 7/17/19

Updated: Nov 14, 2020

This week on our weekly site check of Beargrass Creek south fork under 264, we observed lower water levels as a result of less precipitation as well as temperatures in the upper 90s.

We observed some small fish as well as signs of deer and freshwater mussels during our walk.

Most interestingly, we noticed that the shopping carts and other junk in the creek had slowed the water enough to allow the buildup of sediment along the sides of the bank, creating more potential habitats for aquatic critters. We wonder if the removal of the shopping carts would help or hinder the wildlife living in the creek. Let us know in the comment section below.

The only other changes we noted were additional trash and erosion that is definitely not beneficial to the plants and wildlife in and around the creek. A highlight was a chemical pump sprayer dangling from a tree above the water.

We will continue to monitor changes in this area of the creek while we plan potential cleanups and benefits for the future.

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