Wednesday, June 6, 2012

If fish you must

Restored Riverside pond in Hailey beckons

Express Staff Writer

The popular site above was once a sewage treatment plant, which looked decidedly different in the before picture below.
Courtesy photos from the Wood River Land Trust

Though south-central Idaho is a semi-desert, wherever there's a body of water, there tends to be a lot one can do with it. And if there's somewhere that once had potential and could again, and the Wood River Land Trust knows about it, there's a good chance it will have new life breathed into it.

Trey Spaulding, the Land Trust's director of operations, offered the current case in point: the new Riverside pond that in a previous life was a wastewater treatment facility in Heagle Park, along the Big Wood River in the Della View subdivision in southwestern Hailey.

In 2003, the Wood River Land Trust excavated the old pond as part of its ongoing effort to protect and restore a corridor of land for all to enjoy along the Big Wood. Today, this site of a treatment plant is a now a vibrant wetland abundant in native shrubs, trees, sedges, grasses and a diversity of wildlife.

In appreciation of Father's Day, Sunday, June 17, the pond will be stocked with 450 trout courtesy of the Land Trust and Idaho Fish and Game.

Poles not included, but here are the directions to the glory hole: Heading south on Main Street, turn right on West Cedar just prior to the post office, then go left on Silver Star Drive, then turn right on War Eagle Drive. The entrance to the pond will be on the left just prior to the tennis courts.

The Wood River Land Trust protects and restores land, water and wildlife habitat in the Wood River Valley and its surrounding areas. It works with private landowners and local communities.

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