The Idaho Council of Trout Unlimited has voiced it support for the Silver Creek restoration project at Kilpatrick Pond.
Council support was outlined in a letter from Council Chair Chris Jones to Blaine County. The proposed project goes before the Blaine County Commission on Tuesday March 19.
“The Idaho Council fully supports the Nature Conservancy and the Purdy family’s efforts to help improve the long term health of the Silver Creek Preserve,” said Jones. “The Kilpatrick Pond Project will help address critical issues important to sustaining Silver Creek as a fly fisherman’s destination now and for future generations.”
Idaho Council support for the project adds a voice to that from the Hemingway Chapter of Trout Unlimited. In addition to Trout Unlimited grassroots support, the project meets favor with TU Idaho staff. “Trout Unlimited supports The Nature Conservancy’s efforts to address two critical issues current affecting Silver Creek: elevated water temperatures and unstable sediment load and transport,” wrote Chad Chorney. Chorney is the Southern Idaho Project Manager for TU’s Idaho Water Project. He noted in his comments the proposed project will help reduce elevated water temperatures and stabilize sediment within Kilpatrick Pond. “The project design provides more sustainable sediment conveyance in Silver Creek, and incorporates a significant amount and diversity of wetland and emergent habitat.”