Currin Creek flows directly behind Estacada High School, providing an excellent outdoor classroom for Liz Reichle’s science classes. Students came out last week to do some bioengineering on the site to help slow water flow and increase the dissolved oxygen in the stream, halt erosion, provide shade to lower stream temperatures and trap sediment. All in a day’s work!
The form of bioengineering we used was to create brush dams out of willow stakes harvested from local willows. Students tied the bundles together using twine and several bundles were linked together to cross the width of the waterway. Miles and Alex of SOLV installed a brush dam to show students how they will install their own next month by staking the bundles down with thicker willow stakes driven into the stream bed.
We are already seeing the great effects of the dams installed by Estacada students last year and we are confident that the rest of these dams will truly benefit Currin Creek in many ways.