Restoration: Project on Kerber Creek is two-thirds complete according to BLM project director

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From The Mountain Mail (Joe Stone):

Aarón Mohammadi, Kerber Creek Restoration Project coordinator with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, said the project focused on private land lower reaches of the watershed. Project success, he said, is the result of collaboration among 40 landowners and 16 entities – including federal, state and local, and nonprofit groups including Collegiate Peaks Chapter of Trout Unlimited and Southwest Conservation Corps…

In 1994, American Smelting and Refining Company initiated cleanup of the main stem of Kerber Creek. By 1998 they had completed riparian restoration of the most heavily contaminated areas in upper segments of the creek. During the same time, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment removed three waste piles from the watershed. Initial cleanup improved water and soil quality in the upper watershed but left 17 miles of contamination in the lower watershed and impaired stream channels throughout the drainage.

In 2005 a collaborative initiative focused efforts on the lower watershed.

The project website, www.kerbercreek.org, indicates goals are to “reduce metal mobility in soils, increase sinuosity, reduce the channel width, improve depth, increase density of aquatic life, increase vegetation cover and stabilize stream banks.”

More Kerber Creek coverage here and here. More restoration coverage here.

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