From The Pages of the Baxter Bulletin.
Dignitaries launch Dry Run Creek enhancement project
DEB PETERSON • Bulletin Staff Writer • August 13, 2009
“The trout that spawn here also spawn young anglers,” said Leon Alexander at ceremonies to kick off the enhancement project at Dry Run Creek. “This is a treasure in need of restoration.”
Alexander, vice president of the Friends of the Norfork National Fish Hatchery, welcomed guests and supporters and introduced dignitaries Wednesday at the entrance to the hatchery. The gurgling sounds of the creek added appropriate ambience to the ceremonies.
Ken Boyles, hatchery manager, reviewed the situation that prompted the new project. Dry Run Creek has become extremely popular as a fishing area for children younger than 15, he says, and many nursing homes bring people out to walk along the creek and enjoy the cool breeze. The popularity and the large size of the stream bed have resulted in erosion of the banks over the years.
“The banks have been really abused in the last few years,” Boyles said. “We’re grateful for the help of individuals and organizations, and we really appreciate everything the friends of the hatchery have done. Without everyone’s help, this project would not have happened.”