To play catch up, you can read the past progress reports here.
Last week I went out to the Blackberry Creek Dam Removal site, took a few pictures and couldn’t think of anything to write about them. There was nothing to compare the pictures to. For the past two weeks I could hear a lot work being done on the other side of the river, but weekday visits showed they were just moving things around, doing the prep work.
When you dig a big hole and a long trench in order to put in a big standpipe and a culvert, a lot of dirt needs to be removed. That is apparently what they were moving around all week.
Back at the dam, it sure looks like the water is digging into the old rock that makes up the dam and removing the loose ones. The cut in the dam looks to be a foot deeper. If they don’t do anything, maybe in 100 years the water will do all the work for them.
A little upstream from the dam, they’ve removed all the vegetation from the west shore and a bucket is sitting poised and ready to start digging. The sediment has to be almost eight feet deep at that point.
I want one of these. I can stand inside this bucket, not that I did…, and still have over a foot of free space over my head. No wonder they can clear out all that sediment so quickly. I need to borrow this for my garden.
Last week the bypass channel that feeds the creek into the pond looked like this.
This week the culverts and pipe are gone. I would imagine the next step here is to fill this back in with dirt and cut the pond off from the creek.
They are building another bypass channel and last week they were getting ready to do something.
A couple of concrete culverts were sitting off to the side.
The culverts and a piece of pipe were dropped into place. This gives them road and shore access to the next stretch of the creek that needs to be dredged.
They have their work cut out for them. The sediment in this spot alone has to be almost six feet thick and sloping down to almost ten feet thick just behind the dam.
I was a little surprised at this. Yes it says Danger Construction Area Keep Out. Yes, I’m careful, but I’ll bet I don’t get any of the benefits if I screw up.
Despite all the work going on, wildlife continues to wander around all the work and construction equipment. Rabbit and squirrel tracks were seen everywhere. The geese and deer are practically walking on top of each other.
I have no clue what this is, it’s hard to make out.
There were quite a few of these tracks going back and forth to a downed tree that was laying across the creek. I’m going to guess a muskrat. I see enough of those out on the river.
There are four bald eagles hanging out in this area, I see them every day. Two adults and two juveniles. Once you get used to what to look for, they’re hard to miss. Go back to the top photo. A trained eye would have seen the bald eagle in the background just above the larger dirt pile on the left.
Yeah, I know, I need a better camera.