Wednesday, May 31, 2006
More about Opening Weekend at Silver Creek
Although the weather was stormy and cold, we had over 200 anglers at the Preserve this Memorial Day weekend. Over the weekend there were many observations and questions about the changes in the creek. On April 6th and 7th this year, Silver Creek experienced a flood-- we measured over 400 c.f.s. above the S-turns!! The flooding changed the creek a lot in places- you will notice areas of gravel exposed in the middle of the creek where vegetation and channels used to be and areas along the banks where silt was deposited. In time, the sediment along the banks should stabilize as vegetation takes hold. Please try and be careful not to walk through these sediment deposits and stir up the silt. It is difficult, because there are so many areas now that hold silt, but if we are patient and careful this flooding that Silver Creek experienced could turn out to be very beneficial to the creek. --Dayna Smith, Silver Creek Preserve manager
Photos: Silt deposits in Silver Creek (top) and the flooding on April 6 and 7, 2006 (bottom).