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Large restoration project set for Silver Creek in central Idaho

The Nature Conservancy has entered into an agreement with a central Idaho rancher to restore a large pond that feeds into Silver Creek, a nationally renowned fly-fishing destination.

Spokesman Matt Miller said the restoration will remove sediment from Kilpatrick Pond that, due to its shallowness, has high water temperatures unsuitable for fish. Water from the pond flows into Silver Creek.

“The pond is very large, so it’s definitely a more involved project,” Miller told the Idaho Mountain Express.

He said the conservation organization is partnering with Picabo rancher Nick Purdy in the project that aims to restore the stream to a more natural path. The pond covers about three-quarters of a mile.

“This restoration effort will lower water temperature and create great wildlife habitat, ensuring that Silver Creek remains one of the West’s finest spring creeks,” said Silver Creek Preserve Manager Dayna Gross in a statement.

Miller says the conservation organization is partnering with Picabo rancher Nick Purdy in the project that aims to restore the stream to a more natural path.

Miller said the project likely won’t start until late 2012 because winter restoration work is least intrusive for wildlife and fly fishers.

He said The Nature Conservancy, which owns the Silver Creek Preserve, is accepting proposals from design firms, so the cost of the project isn’t yet clear. He said it will likely be paid for with private donations, though the group has received federal funding for past projects.

Purdy and his family have supported Nature Conservancy efforts for decades at their Double-R Ranch to improve Silver Creek, damaged from grazing in some areas.

Kilpatrick Pond, the Nature Conservancy said, became a sediment trap because of a nearby diversion dam. Plans call for altering the diversion dam to allow a more natural flow of water and trout.

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