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NSDAR’s John Bartram Section Learns About Stream Preservation

At a recent meeting of the John Bartram Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, Cheryl Harrelson spoke about environmental conservation and practices to reduce / reverse damage to our waterways.

Harrelson, a graduate of the University of Colorado Watershed Program, provided photos showing before and after treatments that had been applied to various water harvesting projects in her home state of Wyoming.

Cheryl Harrison and Cindy Kolevar, vice-regent of the John Bartram chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

She stressed that it is important to look at the big picture to determine what can and cannot be done to restore rivers.

Consideration is given to the damage that may occur to the fish population when the shoreline is altered. Fly fishing is a major sport in Wyoming, with fishermen coming from all over to fish for trout in their rivers.

The photos showed how best to preserve stream flow to allow for better flow by using rocks and boulders to slow erosion and give fish the opportunity to repopulate.

She ended her presentation by saying that she would be returning to Wyoming this summer to get back to fly fishing, a favorite pastime.

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