Genesee Creek Workday

On Saturday, October 20, 2007, over 30 SEWTU returned to Genesee Creek for a riparian and stream corridor maintenance workday, along with our good friend and SEWTU Board of Directors member, Professor Jason Freund.  In addition to SEWTU volunteers, mebers from the Gary Borger Chapter in IL were present, as were a great many student volunteers from Carroll College.


As most know, Genesee Creek was the site of an SEWTU-involved roller mill dam removal in 2004-2005.  Since that time, the stream stream has significantly improved in both its flow, water quality, and carrying capacity.  SEWTU has undertaken numerous workdays at the site, and has been part and parcel to the stream's improvements.


During this workday, and under Jason and other Carroll College professors' leadership, SEWTU volunteers performed mass invasive buckthorn removal from the riparian corridor surrounding Genesee Creek.  Volunteers also removed accumulated unnatural debris from the stream's central channel.  Finally, SEWTU volunteers helped to install Carroll College constructed viewing platforms at various locations throughout the Genesee Creek workstation. 


At the conclusion of the workday, a bratwurst dinner was provided to volunteers, as always, and a volunteers had a great time interacting with one another and Carroll College volunteers.  Best of all, SEWTU President Dan Asmus provided an incredible pot of Italian Seafood Chowder, which was well received by all.


SEWTU continues it restoration efforts,and looks forward to continuing to work with Carroll College in order to be a significant part of Genesee   Creek's revival.