Wilks Creek Stream Habitat Improvement Project

Trout Unlimited in conjuction with the National Forest Service and the Department of Natural Resources held a stream remediation workday at Wilks Creek on Saturday, July 29, 2017. This was the first remediation at Wilks Creek which is a tributary of the Chattahoochee River just north of Helen, GA. The stream work site was in the Chattahoochee National Forest WMA. The Upper Chattahoochee Chapter of Trout Unlimited along with the Forest Service lead 53 volunteers in building stream structures to improve brook trout habitat in this "blue line" stream.

The Forest Service cut logs which volunteers positioned to make multiple in-stream structures held in place by rebar and stones. The Forest Service also designed structures called Channel Constrictors to improve the stream flow and others that stabilized the stream banks. One structure was designed to flush out sand and gravel from the center and deepen the stream. Additional structures were built to provide in-stream cover for the trout. The picture gallery for this project in Photos provides examples of these structures.