Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Trout Unlimited to hear about Silver Creek project

The Nature Conservancy to discuss Kilpatrick Pond restoration


By TERRY SMITH
Express Staff Writer

Trout Unlimited member John Finnell relaxes while fishing Kilpatrick Pond on Silver Creek near Picabo. Restoration of the pond, primarily involving removal of sediments, will be the topic of a Trout Unlimited monthly meeting set for 5-7 p.m. Thursday at the Roosevelt Grille in Ketchum. The public is invited and admission is free. Courtesy photo by Ed Northen

An upcoming restoration project to remove sediments from Kilpatrick Pond on Silver Creek will be the topic of discussion at the April monthly meeting of the Hemingway Chapter of Trout Unlimited.

The public is invited and admission is free. The meeting is set to run from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, April 5, at the Roosevelt Grille in Ketchum.

The featured speaker will be Dayna Gross, manager of The Nature Conservancy Preserve on Silver Creek. The Nature Conservancy and Picabo rancher Nick Purdy have been working in partnership to restore Kilpatrick Pond, sometimes described as a "sediment sinkhole" that drains into Silver Creek, causing an increase in water temperatures downstream and having a detrimental effect on the Silver Creek trout population.

According to a Trout Unlimited press release, "restoration will provide improved habitat for fish, birds and native vegetation."

The project is still in the planning stages and implementation is planned for next fall.

The Nature Conservancy told the Idaho Mountain Express in February that Kilpatrick Pond, about three-quarters of a mile long, has seen an increase in sediment buildup over the years because of the location of an irrigation diversion dam. Preliminary plans call for excavating sediment and using it to create islands in the area. The project is expected to restore the stream to a more natural path.

Trout Unlimited is a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting, reconnecting, restoring and sustaining cold-water fisheries and habitat.

For more information on Trout Unlimited, contact Bob Law at 622-4613.

Terry Smith: tsmith@mtexpress.com




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