Stream Restoration Projects and Aquatic Insect Studies

Oak Brook TU’s 2017 conservation activities include volunteer and financial support for projects in both Wisconsin and Michigan.

Our conservation commitments this year include financial support for TUDARE (Trout Unlimited Driftless Area Restoration Effort); financial and volunteer work support for Farmers Valley Creek stream restoration in Sparta, WI; macroinvertebrate studies on the Coldwater River Watershed in Alto, Michigan; and financial support of the Weister Creek restoration in Vernon County, Wisconsin.

In 2016 we returned to Farmers Valley Creek in Sparta, Wisconsin to complete additional stream restoration work through both financial support of contactors and our own volunteer work day.  We are also a financial supporter of the Weister Creek multi-phase stream restoration plan in the Driftless Area.  Both streams are located in Wisconsin’s Driftless Area.

A typical stream restoration project would include building a series of wooden lunker structures for placement in the stream bed in order to manage bank soil erosion and to create overhead cover and resting areas for fish.

Our Conservation Committee is actively pursue new conservation opportunities and associated project work days in 2017 in conjunction with TU chapters in Wisconsin and Michigan.

Oak Brook TU stream restoration work days typically consist of a few hours of light physical activity followed by a grilled lunch and member fellowship.  Our events are accessible, social, educational, and valuable to the environment.  Our members also typically try to schedule a little nearby fishing as part of their itinerary.  Since our Wisconsin and Michigan projects are three-plus hours’ drive time from Chicago, we try to facilitate carpooling for interested members.

For more information, please contact Dave Carlson.