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PEAK CREEK WALL CLEANUP
These photos are from our first Peak Creek Cleanup. Workers are removing trees, shrubs and other vegetation which is growing between the blocks of the walls. Cleanups are scheduled throughout the year.
STORM DRAIN PROJECT
A volunteer is marking one of the Storm Drains in Town. FOPC received a grant from the Richardson Foundation to mark Storm Drains and educate the public. In March of 2016 Alternate Break Students began mapping the Storm Drains in town to assist in this project.
IRON BRIDGE RENOVATION
Our Biggest Project in 2015 was the remake of the old Iron Bridge that crosses Peak Creek that spans the creek between First & Third Streets NE. With the help of volunteers from FOPC, the Town of Pulaski and Pulaski Country the bridge platform walkway was rebuilt, railings were added, and is now wheelchair accessible. The Town of Pulaski has added lights to the area.
WATER QUALITY MONITORING
An ongoing project is monitoring the "Bugs"in Peak Creek. Certified Monitors take a quarterly count of the water creatures living in the creek, counting the number and percentage of the bugs that thrive in good quality water and bad quality water. We have seen a notable increase in the "Good" Bugs.
Valley Branch which runs along Kiwanis Park on Dora Highway is a tributary to Peak Creek. We have added the branch to our clean up area. To help stabilize and restore the banks FOPC, along with The New River Conservancy, led a volunteer group to add over 300 live stakes to the banks of the creek in this area. Live stakes are dormant live woody cuttings of species that root easily and quickly. Live stakes are an excellent option to economically and quickly stabilize stream banks.
FOPC received a grant from Keep Virginia Beautiful which enabled us to purchase four metal 48-gallon containers for the Train Station. Local companies were contracted to create and attach recycling signs to metal 48-gallon outdoor receptacles for the recycling of glass and plastic. The Town volunteered maintenance responsibility for the containers and use them for various activities in other locations thus widening their positive impact.
RECYCLING CONTAINERS & PET WASTE STATIONS
FOPC received a grant from Keep Virginia Beautiful which enabled us to purchase four metal 48-gallon recycling containers for the Train Station. Local companies created and attached signs for the recycling of glass and plastic. The Town volunteered maintenance responsibility for the containers and use them for various activities in other locations thus widening their positive impact. More recently through a co-op project with the Town of Pulaski we've had pet waste stations installed at many of the parks throughout the town.
WILDLIFE HABITAT RESTORATION
An important part of protecting Peak Creek is to also protect the wildlife that lives adjacent to and sustains itself from the waterway. FOPC has placed birdhouses along the creek corridor to preserve the bluebird habitat. Volunteers will monitor the birdhouses during the Spring months.
We have removed over 376 bags, 26 tires, and 19 truck loads of debris, trash, trees, and shrubs from Peak Creek, it's walls and banks.