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Audubon Society grant helps Laramie County Conservation District with Dry Creek restoration project

A stream of water at Dry Creek on July 9, 2021.
A stream of water at Dry Creek on July 9, 2021.(Will Thomas)
Published: Jul. 9, 2021 at 4:13 PM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - The Laramie County Conservation District manages 100 acres of land in Laramie County. Its recently been working on a stream restoration project at Dry Creek. LCCD heard of a grant program through the Cheyenne-High Plains Audubon Society, which is helping complete the project.

“The grants focus on conservation projects and conservation education. Basically what we’re doing is reclaiming the watershed, and that in the long term, is going to provide better water quality downstream,” said CHPAS Board Member, Mark Gorges.

Gorges said the initial local chapter grant provided $500 dollars towards the project, but the regional grant provided another $3,000. The money is going towards the materials needed to focus on water erosion in Dry Creek. With LCCD’s focus on conservation and CHPAS’ focus on habitat, the project is beneficial for both. The volunteers and other organizations helping LCCD with projects in general, means a lot to the organization.

“We’re going for the same goal. We’re going for the same goal on habitat, function of a stream and it takes a bunch of groups and agencies to act together,” said LCCD Water Specialist, Jeff Geyer.

Geyer said the majority of the project will be completed on Friday, but upkeep will continue over time.

For more information on LCCD you can head to its website here, and for more information on CHPAS you can head to its website here.

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