Savery Creek at second glance

Savery Creek looked at again as silting, widening, temperature become fish habitat issues


Sarah Hutchins

Brad Tribby, Fisheries Biologist for the Bureau of Land Management, stands in shallow water where most of his legs are submerged in the fine silt that has deposited in excess on point bars along Savery Creek.

The High Savery Dam and Reservoir, according to Brad Tribby, Fishery Biologist for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), has always had good intentions for the region. It supplies irrigation for countless agricultural properties in the lower end of the tributaries and that, in turn, supports economic development. However, its execution resulted in some environmental issues that multiple stakeholders in the region have been now tackling.

Tribby explained that on the lower side of the dam, on Savery Creek, there has been severe river degradation that not only impacts the health of the system,...

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