Severy Creek restoration postponed

Severy Creek restoration
Volunteers restore vegetation in
Pikes Peak Severy Creek area

The Sierra Club Pikes Peak National Service Trip, described in the March Peak and Prairie, has been cancelled. However,work in the Severy Creek Basin will continue later this summer, possibly in August. For more information, visit the Rocky Mountain Field Institute (RMFI) website at or e-mail them at

This is the third year participants will work in the Severy Creek Basin to transplant native vegetation, stabilize stream banks, build erosion control structures, spread native seed, and improve a trail.

This project is the result of a successful Sierra Club lawsuit against the City of Colorado Springs and the USDA Forest Service for violations under the Clean Water Act for maintaining the Pikes Peak Highway as an unpaved road without proper water control structures. Storm-water runoff caused severe erosion and damaged streams, wetlands, and reservoirs in the area.

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