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‘Good, cold water:’ Riparian restoration preserves trout sanctuary

By Patrick Reilly
The Missoulian
February 14, 2020
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

MISSOULA, Montana — A creek runs through Denny Anderson’s ranch. Until last year Miller Creek was “a straight shot” through the 220-acre property, Spooner Creek Ranch. He suspects past logging and ranching in the drainage south of Missoula had “incised’ the creek, speeding erosion and deepening its channel. …Thanks to a six-figure restoration project led by the Clark Fork Coalition this past summer the creek now winds through sculpted banks and newly planted willow trees. …Climate change has arrived in Western Montana, and as temperatures rise and snowpacks shrink, local waters are taking more heat. A 2017 Forest Service study found that western streams warmed at a rate of .178 degrees Celsius per decade from 1976 to 2015.

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