Report from Mike Thornton:
On Saturday, August 26th, our Chapter participated in the last work day of the year. It took place at Cooper Creek, and was hosted by Tail Waters Chapter, Boy Scouts of America, and the US Forest Service. The work done consisted mainly of refilling rock cribs built 25 years ago. This deepened the channel and greatly increased the current flow. When this project was originally done in the 1990’s, the streambed was straight and the water was no more than six inches deep. Now, with the diverters that were placed at that time, the channel meanders for almost 400 yards, and there are 2 pools waist deep, and 2 other long runs that are thigh deep. The reason I know about the depth is that I was standing in them yesterday. In short, we have helped to create an environment more conducive to trout. Another confirmation of that is what we found on the bottoms of many of the rocks as we began to move them. The bug life was vibrant. Small stoneflies were crawling around, and tented caddis casings were in abundance.
After working for most of the morning, Jim Wentworth electroshocked a nearby section of stream. This was both entertaining and educational to both the scouts and TU members involved.