There have been a lot of great stream restoration jobs
going on around the Valley the past couple of years. Many of
theses projects are due to the efforts of Trout
A few years ago the Virginia Council of Trout Unlimited
hired a full time Home Waters initiative coordinator for the
northwestern part of the state, Seth Coffman. His main job has been
to organize TU chapters, prioritize projects, apply for funding,
and see these projects through. In my opinion he has done an
That is the reason I contacted Seth about Mossy Creek.
I live on Mossy, and have seen first hand the problems with
siltation, erosion, and loss of habitat on the creek. Seth agreed
that Mossy was long over due for some repairs.
The location of my house today was under water for over
200 years. The Mossy Creek dam still stands just a few
hundred yards downstream. One reason that the banks are in
such bad shape here is because there was so much silt that backed
up behind the dam. When the lake was drained more than 80
years ago, the creek cut down through the silt. Agricultural use
and floods have also contributed to bank problems all along the
Seth applied for money to remove the dam, and restore
about a third of a mile of Mossy. We were delighted to hear about a
year ago that we received the money that we needed. The
project is set to start this spring.
The stretch being restored is at the lower parking area on Mossy
near route 42. This stretch of water has been open to the
public for over 30 years and will affect 3 properties.
I encourage anyone who has never seen a job like this done to
check it out when it gets started over the next few weeks.
The creek will be narrowed, deepened, banks sloped back,
habitat added and vegetation planted. This job will benefit
the trout, the creek, and you.
As soon as we know the date that they are too break ground
I will post it on the blog and website.
If you happen to see Seth on the creek, make sure you tell
him what a great job he is doing.