- The project is now in full swing! For monthly updates please visit the links at the bottom of this page.
View aerial images of the creek from 1946 and 2009.
Together, we have made great progress on maintaining the health of Silver Creek Preserve. Today the preserve is a model for successful restoration, community involvement and world-class recreation. But Silver Creek faces threats to its long-term health.
Researchers identified increasing water temperature and associated low dissolved oxygen levels as the main threats to Silver Creek. The impounded section of the creek, known as Kilpatrick Pond, contributes a significant amount of warm water into the system because of its large surface area. This affects over 15 miles of creek downstream.
The Conservancy is restoring the area to address these threats. We need your support to do this.
Restoration plans include:
- Enhancing streamside habitats
- Creating a more diverse stream channel
- Stabilizing existing sediments by creating wetlands, which will help reduce temperatures through the pond by reducing its surface area.
Several access points will be created along a portion of Silver Creek, improving public access.
A portion of the pond and an irrigation diversion dam is located on private property owned by the Purdy family and adjoining Silver Creek. Through an agreement with the Conservancy, the Purdys will reconfigure the dam, incorporating fish passage and the ability to release water from the bottom of the pond to help manage water temperature.
“This project is a major step forward in creating a healthier Silver Creek and better water quality for people, plant and animals. With temperatures predicted to rise in the coming years, this project will become increasingly important,” says Dayna Gross, Silver Creek Watershed Manager. “We are very grateful for the support this project has received from the Purdy family and all those who love and enjoy Silver Creek.”
You can help! Your critical support is needed today to restore Silver Creek! Give to this project today.
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