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Julia Creek Daylighting

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Andy                   19-Jan-07  
Andy                   20-Jan-07  
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Andy                   10-Feb-07  
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Andy                   11-Feb-07  
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Andy                   03-Mar-07  
Andy                   13-Mar-07  
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Jeff                   27-Mar-07  
pam                    27-Mar-07  
Andy                   29-Mar-07  
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Andy                  21-Apr-07  
Jeff                  04-May-07  
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Andy                  26-Jun-07  
Jeff                  23-Jul-07  
Andy                  24-Aug-07  
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Andy                  28-Apr-08  
andy                  05-May-08  
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Jeff Barney           16-Jun-08  
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Subject: Julia Creek Daylighting
From: Andy
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Date: 19-Jan-07

The heavy equipment work is complete. We probably hauled 500 yards of material out of the site.

Saturday the 20th we will set in the wattles to form the stream banks. Planting will follow the thaw.


Subject: RE: Julia Creek Daylighting
From: Andy
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Date: 20-Jan-07

We had Steve Sweet, Chris Jones, Skip Vetten, Jeff Barney, Richard Prange and I at the site today to set the wattles. We need another 175 feet to complete the work.


Subject: RE: Julia Creek Daylighting
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Date: 09-Feb-07

Got some gravel placed. The rest of the wattles will have to wait.

We will seed the slopes on Saturday the 10th.


Subject: RE: Julia Creek Daylighting
From: Andy
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Date: 10-Feb-07

Yesterday the Parks crew dumped some gravel on the slope above the channel bottom and then left because it was too muddy.

Today, thanks largely to Jeff Barney we got the rock raked and shoveled from the slope to the channel bottom.

Skip Vetten brought his seed spreader and we put native grass seed on the south bank of Julia Creek. Seeding of the north bank and slope awaits the Parks crew irrigation line repair and realignment.


Subject: RE: Julia Creek Daylighting
From: Andy
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Date: 10-Feb-07

Yesterday the Parks crew dumped some gravel on the slope above the channel bottom and then left because it was too muddy.

Today, thanks largely to Jeff Barney we got the rock raked and shoveled from the slope to the channel bottom.

Skip Vetten brought his seed spreader and we put native grass seed on the south bank of Julia Creek. Seeding of the north bank and slope awaits the Parks crew irrigation line repair and realignment.


Subject: RE: Julia Creek Daylighting
From: Andy
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Date: 11-Feb-07

Water quality data from Julia Davis Park pond.

The city collected one sample from Julia Davis Park Pond on 9/26/05.

pH = 7.34
Temp = 14.9 C (at 10:05 AM)
NH3 = <0.045 mg/L
BOD = <2 mg/L
COD = 11 mg/L
OPO4 = 0.004 mg/L
NO3 = 0.1 mg/L
NO2+NO3 = 0.1 mg/L
NO2 = <0.003 mg/L
TSS = 5.4 mg/L
TKN = <0.08 mg/L
TP = 0.0225 mg/L
E coli = 390 MPN/100 ml


Subject: RE: Julia Creek Daylighting
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Date: 19-Feb-07

The rest of the gravel was placed in the stream on Thursday the 15th and the wattles were set. The irrigation line is moved as well.

Most of the fencing work will occur on Tuesday the 20th. Wooden post and rails will be delivered that morning.


Subject: RE: Julia Creek Daylighting
From: Andy
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Date: 03-Mar-07

Today we put in the first 100 willow cuttings. We had Pam, Peter, Richard P, Richard J, Chris, Jeff, Jake and me. We also planted the grass seed.

The fence was completed on Thursday the 1st. On the 2nd Meridian Academy students came and reset the wattles.

Still lots of planting to do but we should have things wrapped up in about a month. Then we let photosynthesis take over.


Subject: RE: Julia Creek Daylighting
From: Andy
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Date: 13-Mar-07

This Friday the 16th we'll have about 15 students from Meridian Academy on site to put in willow cuttings. Help is needed to oversee their work. Show up at 9:00 a.m. or contact me at tutedtrue@aol.com


Subject: RE: Julia Creek Daylighting
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Date: 17-Mar-07

Well we had more than 20 students from Meridian Academy students at Julia Creek on the 16th and put in a few dozen willow cuttings, brush bundles, and also dressed up the lawn a little bit.


Subject: RE: Julia Creek Daylighting
From: Jeff
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Date: 27-Mar-07

Trout folks;

During a long bike ride last night I stopped by Julia Creek to look over our project. A lot of green grass shoots and clumps of grass are showing across the entire south facing bank. I suspect this timely light rain will help even more. The north facing bank has yet to produce shoots. However, our wattles, instream woody debris, wood fence and steps are holding up very well. Hell, even our TU project signs are still in place!

I'm looking forward to seeing how spring flows alter the creek's hydrology once the river climbs up the banks. It will certainly provide some connectivity to our little creek!

Also, last night there were 30-35 potted shrubs sitting just inside the fence waiting to be planted. I assume these are for steamshade and bank stabilization. Andy, are we supposed to plant those this week? Just wondering. If so, I can help Thursday evening, but not tonight.

cheers,

Jeff


Subject: RE: Julia Creek Daylighting
From: pam
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Date: 27-Mar-07

Thanks for checking on stuff for all of us, Jeff! I retrieved the potted willows from Barber Nursery (who has kept them for us since last spring). We were planning to plant them on Earth Day, April 21st. Hopefully they’ll make it till then, I imagine they will.

Talk to you soon, Pam


Subject: RE: Julia Creek Daylighting
From: Andy
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Date: 29-Mar-07

Went by the project site today and the cuttings we planted on March 3rd are starting to leaf out.


Subject: RE: Julia Creek Daylighting
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Date: 05-Apr-07

The pond is filling and flows into Julia Creek have been cut back a little. But with the river flows higher the water elevation in Julia Creek appears to be holding up. More cuttings are starting to leaf out.

Idaho Statesman outdoor writer Pete Zimowsky posted the following on his blog:

3:56 p.m. -- April 3 -- Zimo: The ditch means new life for a creek By Zimo - Idaho Statesman Edition Date: 04/03/07

I've been riding past this ditch on the Greenbelt in Julia Davis Park for a good part of the winter, not paying too much attention to it and the backhoes and such. On my commute to work this morning, I stopped and talked to a biologist about it. It's the Julia Creek Daylighting Project. It's the uncovering of a creek. What a refreshing project. It's like the uncovering of Indian Creek in Nampa.

The project at Julia Creek is being done by Trout Unlimited and the Boise Department of Parks and Recreation.

Right now, it looks like a construction project and a ditch. But, it will soon be a creek meandering to the Boise River in the open. It will be a creek that has been in a pipe but is now seeing daylight.

The project will create riparian zones and wetlands along the creek and the Boise River. It will be an opportunity for wetlands displays and education.

Are there any more creeks in Boise that can be given daylight? Like say, Cottonwood Creek?

Let's hope projects like these catch on and we will have beautiful little creeks flowing through an urban landscape.


Subject: RE: Julia Creek Daylighting
From: Andy
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Date: 21-Apr-07

We have 30 or more volunteers today put in 400 beaked sedge & daggerleaf rush, as well as more than 100 one gallon and larger willow, cottonwood, redosier dogwood and birch. With the successful growth of the willow cuttings already occuring, as well as the grass seeding that was part of our March planting efforts, it appears the major planting work is largely complete. Now it's time to wait and have photosynthesis take over for a while.

Photos will continue to be posted to the Julia Creek web page.


Subject: RE: Julia Creek Daylighting
From: Jeff
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Date: 04-May-07

TUer's; Had my long bike ride yesterday, the final leg of which took me by our JD Creek project. Looking over the fence, I observed a fish come up and take something off the surface! Pretty cool, huh? The fish was in the lowest pool where the big rootwad rests. I watched for another five minutes without seeing more fish activity. Increased flows through the park plus favorable river flows at the creek's mouth have apparently made our stream attractive to fish. Two mallards were also using our creek. The sedges are doing especially well and appear to have, at the moment, a consistent supply of water to their roots. Patches of our seeded grass, some over 6", seems to be taking hold intermittently across the project. Most amazing to me was how well our planted cottonwoods and shrubs are doing. In fact, I could detect NO failed transplanted trees or shrubs! Oh, and both fabric TU signs remain in place. Also, the city has apparently mowed/trimmed inside and outside of the fence recently. good stuff, Jeff


Subject: RE: Julia Creek Daylighting
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Date: 22-May-07

Trout Unlimited invities you to the Julia Creek Daylighting Project dedication event to be held on Friday, May 25 at 10:00 a.m. at the Jula Creek site, just south of the zoo and next to the Boise River in Julia Davis Park. The event will include remarks from Trout Unlimited, Meridian Academy, Ada County Highway District and Boise Mayor David Bieter.


Subject: RE: Julia Creek Daylighting
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Date: 28-May-07

http://www.idahostatesman.com/localnews/story/85943.html


Subject: RE: Julia Creek Daylighting
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Date: 25-Jun-07

Hey TU folks; FYI: Just rode by our Julia Creek project; it looks great particularly as our vegetation efforts continue to take off. I noticed, however, that one of our TU signs is no more. There remains a grommet attached to a zip tie (NW corner fence post). I looked in all the adjacent garbage cans and recyle bins, then did a quick check at the mouth of the creek: no such luck finding the missing fabric sign. Our other sign remains in place, however. regards, Jeff


Subject: RE: Julia Creek Daylighting
From: Andy
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Date: 26-Jun-07

I dropped by Julia Creek this evening and observed two fish working the substrate of the upstream pool. Looked like white fish or perhaps trout or perhaps pike minnow. Both appeared to be in the 7-10" size class. Shiny on the sides so I don't think they were suckers. Though they were working the bottom of the stream like whitefish.

The upstream pool is an interesting study. Standing over the outlet there is a clear difference in the between the right half of the pool v. the left half. Gravel and cobbles are becomming more visible on the right half while the left half remains darker on the bottom. Apparently the water flowing from the culvert has been sufficient in velocities and volume to put the fine sediment into suspension on the right half of the pool and it either deposits onto the left half in a back eddy or is carried downstream. Probably a combination of both.


Subject: RE: Julia Creek Daylighting
From: Jeff
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Date: 23-Jul-07

TU folks; Next time you stop by our JD Creek project, spend a few minutes looking into the pool where the culvert empties into the stream. I was surprized this morning to see it teaming with juvinile fish! It would be great to net a few and get an ID on the little buggers. Jeff


Subject: RE: Julia Creek Daylighting
From: Andy
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Date: 24-Aug-07

I dropped by last Wednesday and the water was very clear, more than typical. More impressive is the fact that some of our willow planted in March now reach more than six feet tall! The willow growth on a couple of the riffles provides ample cover and we may attract some spawners into the channel this fall. I would not be surprised if that in fact happens.


Subject: RE: Julia Creek Daylighting
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Date: 04-Nov-07

We have lots of pictures at our tedtruebloodtu.tumblr.com blog site.

Boise Parks is draining the pond and sending lots of water through Julia Creek. They will be putting a pipe across the bottom of the pond and need to empty it this winter.


Subject: RE: Julia Creek Daylighting
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Date: 05-Jan-08

We started the dig one year ago this week. Go check out the channel today and you will think it's been there for 3-4 years given the vegetation growth.


Subject: RE: Julia Creek Daylighting
From: Andy
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Date: 28-Apr-08

Jeff Barney left a phone message today stating that the water temperature is 65 degrees and that he sees catfish in the stream.

I can believe the latter. That water temp seems way high, however.

We do have some temperature loggers in the stream and the culvert from the park pond so perhaps it's time to find them and get a reading.


Subject: RE: Julia Creek Daylighting
From: andy
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Date: 05-May-08

Latest from the city:

Andy, We've had a change in plans. We are going to have our guys pour the concrete and set the sign posts on Monday, and get the kids in the following week to mount the signs and prune around the creek. Can you get the plaque to me by Monday?

Jerry


Subject: RE: Julia Creek Daylighting
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Date: 12-May-08

Signs will be put up on Tuesday the 20th.


Subject: RE: Julia Creek Daylighting
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Date: 17-May-08

Went by Julia Creek today and with the Boise River flowing at 5,000 cfs, about 4 feet higher than it was last Monday, Julia Creek was buried in lots of water!

The Meridian Academy students will install the interpretive signs on Tuesday at 10:00 a.m.

The bronze plaque is already in place.


Subject: Julia Creek update 6/16/08
From: Jeff Barney
Email: jeff_flyfisher@yahoo.com
Date: 16-Jun-08

Hey folks;

We have salmonids using our Julia Creek Project! Yesterday afternoon I stopped by on my bike ride to look over the project and pull some trash from the stream. About 75 feet below the culvert, lying on the stream bottom was a 14" whitefish (dead, unfortunately). The fish likely entered from the river below and traveled up from the stream's mouth. Whitefish had what looked like heron marks on its sides, and since whitefish are fall spawners, mortality wasn't due to spawning stress.

Streamflow is as high as I've seen it and there is very little vertical drop from stream mouth to river. We have willows over 9' tall along the banks to the point where stream view is mostly occluded (not a bad thing) from the greenbelt. Water was a bit turbid, but cool (upper 50's I estimated). We are getting some benthic algae and macrophyte growth, and most of the straw waddles are completely covered with vegetation! A mix of shallow gravel runs and deep pools dominate entire reach. I estimate that we have 85-90% bank vegetation coverage and very little exposed unconsolidated bank soils/gravels.

Lastly, streamside interpretive signage looks good, professional. Very little evidence of trespass into stream area.

regards,

Jeff


Subject: RE: Julia Creek Daylighting
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Date: 02-Jul-08

Dave Selvage reports seeing a 12" or so fish hanging out under the rootwad and taking emergers.


Subject: RE: Julia Creek Daylighting
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Date: 17-Sep-08

We brought Pam's underwater camera to Julia Creek. We'll soon have a video on YouTube showing what we saw.


Subject: RE: Julia Creek Daylighting
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Date: 25-Mar-09

thread rescue


Subject: RE: Julia Creek Daylighting
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Date: 25-Mar-09

Photos from March 24, 2009 visit to Julia Creek.


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