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Patton Creek, a tributary to Silver Creek, was once significant spawning habitat for Silver Creek trout. Over the years, the stream was degraded and disconnected from Silver Creek. The Nature Conservancy began restoration work on Patton Creek in partnership with a local landowner and with funding from MillerCoors, which contracts with area barley farmers.
Baseline information on the biological communities living in Patton Creek will be used to evaluate the effectiveness of watershed restoration efforts.
The impoundment on Patton Creek appears to be warming the water. Macroinvertebrate communities at the downstream site are indicative of those found in warm-water habitats. The Nature Conservancy has measured summer water temperatures downstream of the impoundment that are 5-10°F higher than temperatures measured upstream.
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