Slough Creek Conservation Work
The Flatland Fly Fishers are always trying to work on the Slough Creek to help maintain it has a local trout fishing opportunity in the winter months in Wichita. We pick up trash and even help with stockings when asked. For 2019 our conservation officer Darrell came up with the suggestion of building fishing line recycle containers to install along the Slough. The cost to build these were quickly approved by the board and Darrell got the materials and built them. Then at our New Year’s Single Fly Event, Darrell and some other club members went out and installed 7 of these along the Slough. They are for fishing line, leaders and tippet materials so they don’t end up in the water or along the Slough for wildlife to get into. They will be cleaned out by the Flatland Fly Fishers.
I have great news! The Slough Creek Restoration project is complete up to the concession stand hole. The work included four water control structures and several yards of bank stabilization. The original proposal called for work on six control structures but proper permitting shrunk the scope a little.
I am very pleased with the work that the Sedgwick County Public Works crew put into the completion of this long awaited reconstruction. I want to commend all of the agencies and groups involved in this project (Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks, Sedgwick County Parks, Army Corp of Engineers, Safari Club, Federation Of Fly Fishes, Wichita Public Works, and The Flatland Fly Fishers). Their cooperation shows in the finished product. All 300 tons of the rock purchased by the Flatland Fly Fishers was used, plus many more tons that appeared from the county. I have included several pictures to give you an idea of what was accomplished but they don’t do Justice to the finished product.
Day one of construction was spent stabilizing the banks and reshaping the V dam hole so water would once again flow over the center of the structure and start displacing the sand bar that has built up in the hole and digging it deeper. The East bank at the old beaver dam site was stabilized with a load of rock strategically placed by the expert shovel operator. The rest of the 5 structures were improved with the strategic placement of rock and were completed in six days.
This work was done on the slough in 2012.