Everyone was excited to get back to school and into the land lab this year. We were especially anxious to see how all of the plant material was doing after more than a year of time to get established. Its amazing how much has changed since the spring. Many new types of flowers were visible. Tons of wetland plants are flourishing along the banks of the stream and in the floodplain. Most of the trees and shrubs are doing great, including the live stakes. And most importantly, the area is now about 95% vegetated in some way. So the biggest erosion threats seem to be behind us for the moment.
In terms of storm water flows, the stream seems to handling everything quite well. All structures look good and water levels in the pools are pretty consistent.
Over the summer, we began producing a documentary for the project. All of the key players and agencies will be represented in the video. We just haven’t seen the final product yet. A ton of thanks to Kerry Paluscsak, Barb Van Blarcum and all of Hudson Cable for their work on this production. Can’t wait to see it.
The pics below give a decent idea of what we’re seeing out there now. They begin at the farthest section down stream and move upstream.