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March 16, 2012 at 1:42 PM

Free Trout Unlimited stream restoration workshop this Saturday in Des Moines

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The Washington Council of Trout Unlimited presents: “A Stream Restoration Seminar” 8:30 a.m. this Saturday, March 17, at the Founders Lodge in Des Moines Beach Park.

Longtime Trout Unlimited member Andy Batcho has taken his 30-years of Stream Restoration experience and put it into a “How To” presentation.

The free seminar discusses who should restore streams; what barriers prevent restoration and how to overcome them; raffle; a walking tours of Des Moines Creek and Miller Creeks at the Normandy Park Cove; and how to identify a worthwhile project.

For details visit the Washington Trout Unlimited Chapter website.

(Photo by Seattle Times photographer Thomas James Hurst. Photo is Andy Batcho, attempts to learn through watching the flow of the water how and why a large well has been filled in with rock and gravel. Batcho, a retired electrical engineer, inspired and directed a stream restoration project aimed at bringing the salmon population back to Walker and Miller Creeks, which empty into the Puget Sound at the edge of the Normandy Park Community Club. Batcho was recently named one of this year’s conservation heros by Field and Stream magazine for his vision and leadership for the projects that have helped restore the salmon population in the area. Batcho and members of Normandy Park Community have restored streams, built raised wood-planked walkways, cleaned-up and dug out and created an artificial beaver pond which now flows through stepped channels leading to saltwater, where salmon are feeding and spawning.)

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