Eagle River Watershed Council Shrine Pass cutthroat trout restoration project complete | VailDaily.com
YOUR AD HERE »

Eagle River Watershed Council Shrine Pass cutthroat trout restoration project complete

Daily staff report
newsroom@vaildaily.com
Volunteers spread a native seed mix and applied biodegradable erosion control fabric along a section of a closed forest service road that runs adjacent to Lime Creek. In total, over three miles of a closed forest service road were decommissioned and rehabilitated through revegetation and subsequent erosion control. This effort will help protect cutthroat trout spawning habitat in Lime Creek.
Eagle River Watershed Council | Special to the Daily |

RED CLIFF — The Eagle River Watershed Council recently completed a project with funding from the National Forest Foundation and in collaboration with the U.S. Forest Service that focused on the protection and enhancement of native cutthroat trout habitat on Shrine Pass.

The Watershed Council and Forest Service selected this area for restoration because it has experienced impacts due to sediment from an adjacent road and dispersed campsites. When unnaturally high amounts of sediment enter a stream, it produces a number of adverse impacts. For example, sediment loading reduces available spawning habitat for native cutthroat trout, which drives further decline in this already reduced population.

To address the concerns and impacts driving the degradation of the Turkey Creek watershed, the Forest Service and Watershed Council worked to decommission the closed forest service road and restore it, as well as seven campsites, all of which were contributing sediment to Turkey and Lime creeks.

The Watershed Council worked with a group of volunteers who helped to spread erosion-control fabric and reseed all seven campsites and the three-mile road after an excavation crew from United Companies de-compacted the soils throughout the project area.

Support Local Journalism

In total, three miles of stream bank, 10 acres of watershed and 20 acres of wildlife habitat were enhanced. These efforts will establish a healthy riparian buffer, which will improve in-stream water quality by filtering sediment and pollutants that would otherwise enter Turkey and Lime creeks.

More information on other volunteer opportunities with Eagle River Watershed Council can be found in their monthly e-newsletter or online at http://www.erwc.org.


Support Local Journalism

Readers around Vail, Beaver Creek and Eagle Valley make the Vail Daily’s work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.

Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.

Each donation will be used exclusively for the development and creation of increased news coverage.

For tax deductible donations, click here.
 


Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.

User Legend: iconModerator iconTrusted User