SITKA, ALASKA The state Department of Environmental Conservation is planning to remove Sitka’s Granite Creek from its list of impaired waters next year.
Over the past six years, the state has contributed a quarter-million dollars of federal funds to control sediment loads in the stream, which passes through two large gravel mines before reaching tidewater at a state recreation area.
KCAW’s Robert Woolsey recently toured Granite Creek with Sitka’s environmental superintendent Mark Buggins. They talked about the success – and challenge – of stream rehabilitation in an industrial area:
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