- Associated Press - Saturday, October 25, 2014

SHERIDAN, Wyo. (AP) - Big Goose Creek in Sheridan is getting a face lift to fight erosion, with renovation work that includes building pathways to the creek and re-seeding vegetation along the stream banks.

The work is being done by Steady Stream Hydrology, the company that added rock features in the Big Goose at Kendrick Park in 2008 and created deep pools to provide a place for people to play.

According to the Sheridan Press (http://tinyurl.com/nuvg2lv ), vegetation has been trampled as people clambered down the stream banks to access the creek, causing erosion and threatening water quality.

“It has been well-loved to death, in a sense,” Steady Stream Hydrology owner Cheryl Harrelson said.

Sheridan officials and Sheridan County Conservation District staff obtained funding for the renovation project this summer and partnered with Steady Stream Hydrology.

“We want people to get down to the river and use it,”?Harrelson said. “If they just focus on the pathways to get there, we will be able to have deep-rooted vegetation on the banks that will hold the banks where they need to be held.”

Steady Stream staff also inserted logs with wetland plants to boost vegetation growth in the spring.

City crews also will construct fences on the upper edges of the banks to direct the public to use the pathways. That will prevent people from walking over the bank edges, especially in areas worn down over the years.

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Information from: The Sheridan (Wyo.) Press, http://www.thesheridanpress.com/

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