Welcome to the Spring Creek Coalition Website!
Mission: to unite as citizens and actively engage in the preservation of the Spring Creek Watershed.


Learn how natural design methods such as J-hooks can help restore a stream's natural flow.

Learn how natural design methods such as J-hooks can help restore a stream's natural flow.

Emily Hyde takes a test sample from Spring Creek in May.

Emily Hyde takes a test sample from Spring Creek in May. Dr. Tom Alexander will present results from our baseline stream testing at the annual meeting.

frost flowers form at the base of the White Crownbeard

Have you seen frost flowers which form at the base of the White Crownbeard? Read more about this phenomena in our December newsletter.

 

SCC Annual Meeting

Saturday, January 10th, 1:30-3:30 PM
Peggs Community Center, Peggs, OK, Highway 82

Join us at our annual meeting January 10 where Jeri Fleming will talk about how streams change and how channel design can restore them to a more natural state. Growing up on Snake Creek near Locust Grove showed Jeri how streams in northeast Oklahoma are affected by human interference.

Jeri has overseen construction of restoration projects in the Illinois River watershed and understands creeks and their challenges. She will show us the serious unintended consequences of cutting trees along Snake Creek. She’ll also talk about state-of-the-art ways to rebuild eroded banks using log veins, J-hooks, toe wood and other natural channel design methods.

Do you have areas along your creek that need rehabilitation? Are you wondering what changes you can make without a permit? Bring your questions.

Jeri has a mass-communication/public relations degree from NSU and a law degree from the University of Tulsa College of Law. She is currently an Environmental Programs Manager for the Oklahoma Conservation Commission (OCC) and has worked with OCC and the Blue Thumb volunteer program for 2 years.

Alexander to Review Results of Spring Creek Testing at Annual Meeting

In May, SCC Board Members Emily Hyde and Dr. Tom Alexander took the first steps in creating a chemical baseline of data for Spring Creek. They sampled three locations capturing data such as pH, salinity, chloride, nitrates, nitrites and phosphorous. At each location they sampled twice, upstream and downstream of where potential pollutants could be introduced to the creek: up and downstream of Oaks, the confluence of Spring and Double Spring Creek, and the confluence of Spring and Snake Creeks.

“Results looked very good,” notes Alexander, an environmental hydrologist. “All numbers are well below established health standard limits. And best of all, numbers are consistent. This means pollutants are not being introduced to the creek at the sites tested.”

Alexander will discuss testing results and answer your questions at the annual meeting.