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


Bird Quiz!

(Answers at end of article, right)

Bloodroot

Do you know this common Spring Creek bird? Find it under Science/birds/'Herons and Egrets'

Eastern Bluebird

Or this one? 'Thrushes'

Indigo Bunting

Watercress:

A Spring Creek Superfood

Watercress is an aquatic plant grown for centuries as a mineral-rich, leafy-green vegetable. It is low in calories and packed with vitamins and minerals. Gram for gram, watercress contains more vitamin C than an orange, more calcium than milk, more iron than spinach, and more folate than bananas.

Research has shown that watercress lowers cholesterol and helps prevent and fight cancer particularly of the throat, lungs (Hecht SS, Chung FL, Richie JP, et al., 1995) and breast (University of Southampton, 2010).

Watercress has peppery taste somewhat similar to mustard greens. It can be added to salads or juiced. And it grows abundantly along Spring Creek. SCC member Becky Bell reports that she harvests watercress from a spring on her property and uses it in smoothies for its health benefits. What’s not to like?

Our new SCC student board representative, Katie Easter, a biology student at NSU Tahlequah, gives us this warning: “As is the case with most things, gathering watercress from the wild is not completely without risk. You should wash it thoroughly and be careful where you get it. Watercress grown in the presence of manure can be an environment for Fasciola Hepatica, the common liver fluke.”

This is more likely to happen in developing countries. Can people get infected with Fasciola in the United States? “Yes. It is possible,” says the Center for Disease Control (CDC) website, “but few cases have been reported in published articles. Some cases have been documented in Hawaii, California, and Florida. However, most reported cases in the United States have been in people, such as immigrants, who were infected in countries where fascioliasis is well known to occur.”

It is up to each individual to decide whether to harvest and eat wild watercress. Know your source (Spring Creek is rated a high-quality water by the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality); know what’s upstream. And if unsure, use your found watercress in cooked dishes as heat quickly kills any parasites.

Watercress

Watercress grows along Spring Creek.

Bird Quiz Answers: Great Blue Heron, Eastern Bluebird, Indigo Bunting