Major Creek and Handicap Walkway Maintenance
In 2018 Tom Emerick, Trout Unlimited life member active with Arkansas Trout Unlimited White River Chapter 698 and volunteers with TU, North Arkansas Fly Fishers, Friends of the North Fork and White Rivers, Friends of the Norfork National Fish Hatchery, US Fish and Wildlife Norfork National Fish Hatchery and Arkansas Game and Fish began planning major maintenance projects on Dry Run Creek which included:
Bank stabilization above where hatchery water enters the creek
Stabilizing large step rocks on the upper creek path
Brush clearing and tree cutting along the west bank of the creek and near highway 177
Replacing rotten wood, power washing and painting the handicap walkway
Placing Trex composite decking material on top rail, power washing and painting the railing next to the hatchery sidewalk above the cree
The bank stabilization will reduce the sediment runoff from heavy rains which have created turbidity and reduced dissolved oxygen in DRC and the Norfork tailwaters. Tim Burnley and Eli Powers with AGFC managed the project which stabilized about 80 feet of the bank where most of the erosion occurs using approximately 100 tons of rock.
The brush cutting and clearing was done by inmates from the North Central Unit of Arkansas Department of Correction
Roger Cannady (R) volunteer with US Fish and Wildlife Service and Tom Emerick did significant carpentry work replacing rotten boards and installing Trex composite railing on the upper walkway railing. Power washing all of the deck and railings and painting was done with volunteers that included Tom Emerick, Mike Jirka, Gary Flippin, Danny Sabo, Mike Enger, Ron Hulstein and Steve Blumreich. A special thanks to Ron Hulstein for coordinating help from the Care Center Ministries men to complete a significant amount of the painting.
These improvements were funded by a total of $5,000 in donations from NAFF, Arkansas Trout Unlimited White River Chapter 698, Friends of the North Fork and White Rivers and Friends of the Norfork National Fish Hatchery and in-kind contributions by AGFC for the bank stabilization and help from US Fish and Wildlife Hatchery employees and volunteers.
Please visit Dry Run Creek to see the wonderful work and thank the volunteers and organizations that contributed money, in-kind services and the physical work needed to complete the project.
Dry Run Creek is a world class fishery for youth and handicapped adults and we are all thankful and proud to have contributed to these improvements.
Arkansas Trout Unlimited White River Chapter 698 Board Member
North Arkansas Fly Fishers Life Member
President Friends of the North Fork and White Rivers
PHOTOS-UPPER LEFT: Tim Burnley, in the cab and Eli Powers with Arkansas Game and Fish. Guards in uniform and from L to R) Tom Emerick, Steve Blumreich and Jon Casey Norfork National Fish Hatchery Manager.