Stream habitat restoration project planned for Saturday, September 12 at Riverbend Park in Middlebury (map). The project includes removal of blown down trees that have caused log jams threatening to warm our favorite trout stream.
This notice serves as an invitation and a call out for your assistance. We need volunteers to make this project a success. We have duties for everyone, whether you are a young body builder capable of lifting a whole tree or feeble and elderly delivering water bottles to the laborers we can use your help.
We plan to get started at around 8:00 am and end at noon. We will be meeting at Riverbend Park, 511 E. Warren St. Middlebury, IN. You, of course being a volunteer, are at liberty to come and go as required. Any assistance you can provide would be appreciated, even if it is only part of the day. All you need to bring is some gloves that are suited for working wet. We will be working in the water so you may want to bring your waders or you can wet wade. All other tools and equipment will be provided.
This type of river work is an enjoyable experience. The camaraderie built working alongside other folks with like minded results is truly a reward. The creation of trout habitat will pay dividends long into the future not only for us but for those who follow in our footsteps.
You are free to invite (recruit) guests to come along and help. If you have some strong young bucks that are willing to help, we could use them. Bring a buddy, a neighbor, or an entire football squad because this is going to be quite an undertaking.
Questions or concerns pertaining to the project should be directed to Mike Beachy, cell phone (574)596-4929 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Due to a low response to Trout 101 we have added another work day this Saturday June 13. LECTU has four other scheduled stream work days for June 27, July 18, August 1 and September 12. These are all Saturday morning work projects meeting at Riverbend Park at 8:00 am. Over the past years LECTU Conservation Stream Workdays have accomplished a lot. The goal is to provide trout habitat, improve the rivers trout holding capacity and guard against stream derogation and bank erosion. Last year our attention was aimed at the CR 43 section of the catch and release section of stream. At this point that section of river is complete however the river is always changing and no area can be ignored for long. There are several areas of the river that are requiring our attention. New fallen trees have started to clog the river in several spots causing bank erosion as the river cuts its way around these clogs. The emerald ash bore has ravaged the woods surrounding the river raising concerns that this problem will only get worse in the coming years as the dead trees begin to fall into the river.This year our work days will require us to pay attention to these problem spots rather than to address an entire section of river as we did last summer. Once again we are asking for volunteers to assist us in this endeavor. We need a small army of helpers to make our river fishable, free flowing and a place of beauty. The work is hard but very rewarding. The more volunteers we get the more we can accomplish. Please make an effort to come and give us a hand in this never ending task.