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The Importance of the Riparian Zone

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The past few weeks have seen dramatic swings in temperature and the water temperatures in the creek have followed along this trend with temperatures reaching 17c. This makes it great for working in the creek without waders but can add stress to our fish. Thankfully, the plants that parallel and overhang Morrison Creek have burst into their spring foliage, making a canopy that helps to moderate the temperature extremes. These plants are also attracting insects that the fish eat and dropping plant material that helps add nutrients to the water. Maintaining a healthy riparian zone is a key factor in the productivity level of any stream. On that note, the Morrison Creek Streamkeepers have a number of riparian restoration projects on the go and are always happy to have new volunteers on board. You can contact us at 334-0526, ask for Russ.

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