Fish Creek Restoration Project

The Fish Creek Restoration Project is a long term issue addressing the sediment and nutrient loading from Fish Creek area into Twin Lakes.  This large project encompasses 1600 feet of land along Fish Creek.

2018 Update

Twin Lakes Improvement Association’s (TLIA), Fish Creek Restoration Project (FCRP) continues addressing and monitoring the sediment and nutrient loading into Twin Lakes from Fish Creek. We strive to continually improve the water quality for Twin Lakes users.

This annual update is provided to TLIA members to remind them of the constant maintenance and volunteer time required when your Board commits to a project like this.

As mentioned in the TLIA’s newsletter last year, the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) allocated an additional $1,500 towards the Fish Creek project in 2017. The money was used to purchase additional plants. Over 5 days in late June, 45 volunteers dedicated 355 hours preparing the site and planting approx. 250 plants from DEQ. Several of the volunteers helped on several days. As with any stream restoration project, Mother Nature will add her imprint with high water flow.

During the 2016 snow melt and run off, 2 sections of stream banks partially eroded. As part of TLIA maintenance agreement with DEQ and the Easterday family, we were required to address the issues. On September 22nd, TLIA Board member Herb Minatre, along with his employees from Bay Shore Systems in Rathdrum, volunteered alongside fellow board members and community volunteers. They spent 105 hours reinforcing the damaged sites.

On September 23rd, 8 volunteers spent 40 hours moving cattle fencing. This allowed fenced areas originally needed for construction equipment, to be returned to pasture areas needed for the cattle. TLIA Board members and volunteers spend hours each week during the summer, watering the young plants to ensure the best chance of survival until there are established.

We are fortunate to have an aerial drone video taken of the project site last year. Pastor Jared Cooksey volunteered his time and talent to put together a beautiful presentation that will be viewed at the annual meeting.


We thank all these volunteers for putting in their time and efforts into a great water quality project. The TLIA also thanks the DEQ for supplying the plants for the stream restoration.

At the time of this article, I am reassessing maintenance issues to be addressed this summer. As always, it is the help of community volunteers that determine the outcome of projects. If you wish to help on the Fish Creek project, you can sign up at the annual meeting or contact your TLIA Board member. Phone numbers are provided later in this newsletter.

Steve Kolb – (former) TLIA Board Member