More Before And After

A few posts ago, I showed some before and after photos of Millennium Creek. Due to popular demand, I decided to publish a few more. Nowadays, I seem to have plenty of time on my hands, staying close to home like everyone else. This provides an opportunity to go thru some old photos and spend some more time adding on my blog posts. It is a good time to have some indoor hobbies to while away the hours of isolation, during this present situation.

This 2004 photo of Millennium Creek, before the restoration program was completed, which included cutting a new creek channel from top to bottom. On this stretch of the creek, my survey records show that the stream channel was up to 4 metres wide in some spots. There was minimal flow thru a thick matte of aquatic plants, mostly narrow leaf water plantain.
This is a photo from the exact same spot as the one I took in 2004. Now, the Millennium Creek has recovered and has a new future, along with its resident trout. The new stream channel is now approximately 50 cm in width, mean average. A perfect width for its volume of flow! During the growing season, most of the Millennium Creek channel is hidden by healthy riparian cover, including sedges, grasses and willows.

It is amazing to see how well the entire restoration program has developed over the past 17 years! There is now a healthy stream channel flowing thru a pristine riparian environment. On the particular area of the creek, shown above, an old pipeline from the old water treatment plant was installed across the creek, creating a damming effect on the lower reach. The grading was never restored to its previous gradient, but we took care of that when we restored the stream. Now things are much better!

The Cock Robin is one of the more attractive, black bodied, Classic Atlantic Salmon Flies. I tied this one on a Bartlet salmon hook.

COVID-19 Will Change Planting Program For This Spring

The way things look right now, I suspect that volunteer groups will not be part of the program this year. However, not to worry, the plantings will be carried out by me personally this year, this is a guarantee! It is just too close to May to expect that this pandemic will be over by the time the frost leaves the ground. I have still not contacted those that have already made a commitment yet, but this may happen soon. It is all dependent on how the crisis unfolds this spring. Group plantings are part of the program, but everyone’s health and well being is the priority right now.

There are over 2,400 native willows and trees growing right now, and when they are ready to go into the ground, the job will be completed!

A thick crop of planted native willows, growing along the stream banks on West Nose Creek. These willows are going to become quite noticeable over the next few years.

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