Paradise Creek Workday

On July 10, 2010, over 50 volunteers from SEWTU, the Gary Borger Chapter of TU, Oak Brook TU, Boyscouts of America, and other groups turned out to work on Paradise Springs Creek under the leadership of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.


Despite being hindered by recent heavy rains (which prevented the installation of previously built fish structures), four crews were formed.  One crew worked in Paradise Springs Creek, removing invasive plant material and reestablishing the stream's channel.  Another crew worked on clearing invasive buckthorn, and other plant/tree material around Paradise Springs pond itself.  A third crew helped cover and seed an area where underground work had been performed, and finally a fourth crew spread out in the Scuppernong Prairie and harvested wild seeds, in order to establish a seed bank.


This project was accomplished through an Embrace-A-Stream grant secured by Gary Borger TU, it's first in recent memory.  Congratulations to Gary Borger TU on thier success, and on thier growth as a chapter!  SEWTU is honored to be along for the ride.


The day was a complete success in that SEWTU and Gary Borger TU mobilized a large number of dedicated volunteers, and provided stream work in a traditional, local, coldwater stream.  Hopefully, and after further work, Paradise Springs Creek will continue to shape into a great local fishing destination.


Following the workday, Gary Borger TU, along with some assistance from Oak Brook and SEWTU,  hosted lunch, where members were given the chance to socialize, and head out fishing.  A good time was had by all, and SEWTU looks forward to continuing to work to improve Paradise Springs Creek.