Some of Our Past Projects.

Briar Creek Culvert (2017)

This year we worked to install a new culvert over Briar Creek (just off Cherokee Road) that will enable native brook trout to move into higher water where the habitat is more suitable to their livelihood.  OMTU is donated $10,000 towards the purchase of the culvert.  We are also provided labor to help rebuild the stream bed  after the culvert was installed.

Hampton Creek

At Hampton Creek we helped to install a barrier to separate the rainbow trout downstream from the brook trout upstream. 

Watauga Bluffs

With this project we installed a public access area on the Quality Trout Fishing section of the Watauga River.  This is currently the only public access on the entire length of the Quality Trout Fishing section.  As follow-p to this project we provide manpower to maintain the parking area and trail and we also clean up trash along this section of the river.

Buffalo Creek

An Embrace-A-Stream grant of $7,160 was awarded to the Chapter in April 2002 to install stream bank stabilization and habitat improvement on Buffalo Creek. Two hundred feet of affected stream bank, J-hook jetties and armored toe-protection were installed. Trees were planted by the Elizabethton High School Ecology Club under the leadership of Gary Barrigar, Science Teacher. The Club also placed tree shelters to protect them from animal and weed eater damage.

North Indian Creek

An Embrace-A-Stream grant of $7,160 was awarded to the Chapter in April 2002 to install stream bank stabilization and habitat improvement on Buffalo Creek. Two hundred feet of affected stream bank, J-hook jetties and armored toe-protection were installed. Trees were planted by the Elizabethton High School Ecology Club under the leadership of Gary Barrigar, Science Teacher. The Club also placed tree shelters to protect them from animal and weed eater damage.

Hampton Creek

An Embrace-A-Stream grant of $4240 was awarded to the Chapter in March 1997 to restore native brook trout population in this unique state natural area of Roan Mountain.  The funds were used to build a fish passage barrier to separate brook trout and rainbow trout populations.  The second phase of the project was to remove rainbow trout above the barrier and stock brook trout back in the stream.

Laurel Fork Creek

An Embrace-A-Stream grant of $3350 was awarded to the Chapter in May 1994.  The project objectives were: 1) placement of 16 fish habitat improvement structures, 2) sediment traps at trail/creek crossings, 3) permanent road closure to prevent illegal use and damage at stream crossings, 4) tree planting along the banks, 5) population monitoring station maintenance, and 6) population/structure use monitoring.  A sign was placed along the trail in the project area with information about brown trout and the EAS project.  A bulletin board was placed in the campground downstream displaying the Laurel Fork Creek ecosystem and the EAS project.

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