Green Lake students and volunteers haul Christmas trees through a field toward Dakin Creek so they may be used to stabilize the creek’s banks.
Green Lake students and volunteers haul Christmas trees through a field toward Dakin Creek so they may be used to stabilize the creek’s banks.

   With the help of volunteers from the community, the Department of Natural Resources and students from Green Lake School, the Green Lake Association spent several days working to restore Dakin Creek near Maug and Skunk Hollow roads, southwest of Ripon.

   Dakin Creek is one of the main tributaries of Big Green Lake. The association is trying to reduce phosphorus loading and restore a missing brook trout species that not been seen in this trout stream since the 1950s.

   A few weeks ago, several groups ventured out to the creek to remove debris such as rocks, branches and tree logs from the stream to help return the water to its natural flow. The individuals, then, used the fallen trees along with the community’s recycled Christmas trees to shore up the banks to prevent erosion and sediment loading into the stream.

   See more photos in the Oct. 10, 2019 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.