HOLLIDAYSBURG - Even quiet trout streams need upgrades from time to time.
And for an unnamed tributary of Mary Ann's Creek in Canoe Creek State Park, it took about 50 volunteers, a few truckloads of logs and 260 tons of stone to make it happen this weekend.
The John Kennedy Chapter of PA Trout Unlimited, along with volunteers from neighboring chapters, spent two days improving areas of about a half mile of the stream Friday and Saturday, using rocks, logs and other natural devices to bring back the waterway's banks and provide habitats for its native trout - and other species.
Building fish habitat
"This stream gets a lot of washouts, and slowly but surely, it has been carving away at the banks - even cutting into portions of the walking trail beside it," said Jerry Green, president of the 248-member John Kennedy Chapter, which spans all of Blair County, most of Huntingdon and portions of northern Cambria and Bedford counties.
Over the span of generations, heavy rain and storms have changed the stream, particularly in bends and pressure areas, and degrading it, he added.
The weekend project - estimated to cost $40,000 - will change that, with control devices mostly made of natural products like wood and rocks used to direct the water or repair banks, members said.
Mirror photo by Patrick Waksmunski
Volunteers from John Kennedy Trout Unlimited,?Altoona, create a bank cover crib along Mary Ann’s Creek at Canoe Creek State Park on?Saturday.