Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Banks Away!

I love big trucks! 

Here on the farm we have been involved in a very interesting project -- stream bank remediation. Our creek flows into the New River (which has been designated a historical river) and has been designated as a priority stream for restoration. The project is quite involved.

First, we had to make application to the Soil and Water Conservation office to have our stream studied to determine if the project would be useful. The goal is to keep farm animals out and off the stream banks to reduce pollution and to retain them to prevent erosion, thus protecting the New. Our project is quite unique in that we find artifacts frequently on our farm -- mostly Native arrowheads and tools. So, we had to have not only the Army Corp of Engineers study the potential wetlands and indigenous plants, but also the State Archeologist had to sign off that we did not have any Native burial mounds in our bottom pasture where the creek runs through. If we had, the Nations would have been notified and made the final determination about the project. The mound could be relocated or the project could have been stopped.

These rocks are the size of motorcycles!

After all that was approved, an engineer created a multi-step plan, we approved it, signed the contracts, and the project was underway. As I write this, it sounds so easy. Actually, it was more than a year in the works... and there were times we really thought nothing was going to happen.

But, the big day came and huge equipment arrived; rocks were rolled in; loads of gravel were dumped; and all kinds of interesting landscape material arrived! How exciting!

I am standing in the bucket!

And, eight weeks later... we have gone from this... 

Wild, beautiful and floods every single rain storm.
Check out the debris!

To this... 

Flood-free, easy to mow along, fenced to keep the cows out --
heaven to walk every night! 
There are still a few things to complete: more fencing, a well for the animals to drink from, and more native plantings. But, isn't it a lovely thing? And, YOU helped to do this! Won't you come for a walk sometime soon, say, around twilight?


  1. Hi Matty,

    My Frankie would have been in high heaven if he could have been around those tractors. He also loves watching videos about making arrowheads, etc., and would be SO excited to find one of those! I'm glad that the creek is coming along; that will be a great blessing for you, I'm sure.



    1. When you come visit, we will hunt arrowheads!

  2. Your Lazy Bee must be such a blessing to you....

  3. The stream was so lovely in its natural state but I can see where this is much more practical. Will the state be planting the native plants? That sounds nice.

    Gee whiz! I can't believe you are out there in shirt sleeves. We're having a blizzard today.

    1. Jane,

      It is actually brutally cold here. There were taken in the late summer and early fall! Trust me, we haven't had a wind chill above 30-degrees in weeks!


Thanks for dropping in on the farm today! I enjoy your comments!