Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Project would greatly improve Silver Creek


    As a Picabo resident and someone who has fished Silver Creek for more than 40 years, the long-term health of Silver Creek is very important to me. This project is important for the health of the entire fishery. I think of it as more important to future generations of people who will enjoy Silver Creek than to me. I have enjoyed it for more than 40 years and look forward to enjoying it for many more, but we need to look long into the future. In the long term, this project will protect and enhance Silver Creek for future generations.
    The opposition voices you have heard have short-sighted perspectives and in my mind are irrelevant when looking at the entirety of Silver Creek with a long-term perspective. For example, the access question. Access will not change. If anything, it will improve.
    I remember that when the pond was much deeper and the velocity faster, you actually had to hold on to something to stay in place in certain spots. Now it has filled with sediment to the point that any movement through the pond means kicking up the bottom and disturbing the insects and vegetation. Anglers probably do more to disturb the bottom every year than the stream work conducted by the Purdys.
    In addition, I think the access will actually improve because the diversity of habitat will improve. There will be more diversity in the fishing experience and with the increased bank and island habitat, there will be more places to hide out and the experience will be more private.
    And the depth and velocity questions that have come up—well, the pond used to be much deeper and more creek like. Only in the last 15 years has it been such wide-open flat water, shallow enough to wade anywhere. As it is today, it is not natural or sustainable. The stream work on the RR Ranch has not resulted in substantially faster water in most places (only in front of the houses, and the Purdys are fixing that this year).
    The fishing is better, there are more fish and a greater diversity of age classes, the hatches are strong and I have never seen so many different birds. I look forward to continuing my adventures fishing Silver Creek. It is one of the things I most enjoy in life and I think this project will add to that enjoyment. Not only that, it will help the fishery through the rough road ahead of less water and warmer temperatures. We should be applauding the Purdys and The Nature Conservancy for working together and for looking into the future and not being satisfied with the status quo.
Bob Turzian
Picabo




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