I was browsing for some old stuff that was once on the Town of Cochrane website, and guess what? I found some stuff. Check out the Millennium Creek Newsletter from 2010 and the Millennium Creek Newsletter from 2011. It is really cool that something interesting like that is in the Archives of the town in which you live, so that someone in the future can investigate what has been done to the Millennium Creek, in the past. I will send you links to more such stuff in the future. The thing about the internet is that as long as I continue to pay annual website fees, I will continue to provide you with some past history of our local trout streams.
The 2010 newsletter was published on the same year that the spawning channel was constructed on the Millennium Creek. This makes the publication significant in that respect, but it is always interesting to look back on what was going on in my head when I wrote it. Pretty much the same stuff that is in my head these days, so nothing even close to breaking news! It sure feels good to know that since 2010, we have had ten successful spawning events in the spawning channel, with many thousands of new trout generations being made for the Bighill Creek and even the Bow River. I have caught some really nice, healthy brook trout in the Bow River, over the years!
In any case, the Millennium Creek is still in the radar and trout continue to rely on it as a nursery habitat and spawning tributary to the Bighill Creek, right here in the town of Cochrane, Alberta. An ongoing stream maintenance program continues on the Millennium Creek. Every year, I get the necessary permits to keep the creek obstruction free to allow trout migration both ways, upstream and down, and also clean out garbage and repair any fish habitat structures that are vandalized. There is a weirdo on the loose, so annual maintenance is required. You only have to talk to town staff to find out just how bad vandalism is in this community. It ends up costing us tax payers plenty in the long term.
However, the fight still goes on and we continue to forge ahead with both riparian habitat work and trout stream maintenance work. The new signage that will eventually be placed on Millennium Creek should help educate folks about how important this little trout stream is. It is a way too small to sport fish on, so the trout are generally pretty safe, but remember that they are very small, so they need all of the breaks that they can get, to survive. Eventually, the small trout grow large enough to cope in the big water of the Bighill and Bow. What a gem that little spring stream is!
A Break for Something Interesting
Yesterday, I wanted to watch the testimony of the Capital Police officers that fought off the hoards on the raid on the capital in the US. These guys are true hero’s and they will be remembered as such. It was so nice to hear from some decent folks that carry a lot of common sense and dignity Today, when you watch the news, you hear from politicians, tv pundits and a lot of crazy people, all reporting or interpreting, but by listening to these American cops talk about their thoughts and share their own personal experiences from that terrible day, it is refreshing to know that some sanity still exists south of the border!
It is hard to understand why so many people are allowing their own manipulation. Like our vaccination campaign, it is crazy how many people are refusing to get a shot in the arm, to hasten the recovery of society and life as we recall it to be. However, with other issues like climate change now happening and our forests are burning up every year. We cannot prevent this, without the help of our natural world, which is dying. So as you can probably guess, there is just too much happening out there, and it is high time we started working on a grass roots level to save this planet and mankind. We really aren’t going to escape to another habitable planet in the future, when it is too late, so the sooner this sinks in, the better!
By the way, I think that social media is destroying this world as we know it! The new era of misinformation is being used as a tool by foreign actors and evil empires, so just keep this in mind when you are considering my point of view. Just look back over the last decade to witness the slow change in society and how it responds to falsehoods drilled into their minds. It is called, appropriately, brain washing!
Back to the Willows and Clean Air and Water
It is time to get a grasp back onto reality and deal with the important issues that we face, going into the future. First off, we need to change our life styles, to reduce the amount of carbon we burn. Next, we need to participate in measures that will reduce the existing green house gases in our atmosphere. Planting trees and willows is a great pursuit, because they are such high carbon removers, with root systems that are composed of 40 to 60% carbon, and all of this stays in the ground, once the plant dies off, as a matter of fact, the dead plants feed more growth and better growth from the chemicals and organics that they leave in the soil.
The word “Carbon Sink” has been used to describe grasslands for years, and this is exactly what it is a geographical bed of plant produced carbon, and it filters our air and produces oxygen. Well, a riparian zone is an even larger carbon sink, with all of the native willows doing their bit every day and night of the year. And they are not that bad to look at as well! All of the green and the wildlife and even in the winter the riparian zone is alive with life.
Nowadays, we can even plant more stuff in our own back yard, which will actually benefit us in other ways, like food, for example. I started to plant a garden this last year, and I love it! I feed myself and at the same time produce plants that will help clean the air. The taste of fresh garden vegetables is beyond description. It is fabulous!!!