I put this together to show another group – I know it’s crude, but I’m not a Powerpoint sort of girl (heck – I did my chemistry calculations on a slide rule!). It was amazing to see the difference between “before” and “after”! Yes, some of the pictures are from the Great Flood of 2013, when we received 3.3″ of rain in a 2-day event; ironically, we received a similar amount this past June, and the newly-renovated Cuddy handled it like a champ! How soon we forget what a raging, moody thing the Cuddy used to be….. or the scary amount of erosion that happened.
At 1st St, where there were elevation changes, rock “riffles” stopped the cutting-away of the stream floor; and rip-rap stabilized the banks. The “perched” area where the banks eroded downstream of the 1st St bridge, used to extend all the way to the right side of the last photograph.
Now the Cuddy is just a happy, burbling stream with a nice gravel bottom – until it hits the deep Sedimentation Basin, where it slows down and lets any suspended sand, etc fall out. The little dam at the end keeps the sediment in place; and the Cuddy turns back into its happy little self again downstream.
The amount of debris that washed down was staggering – the old barrier stopped a lot; but was hard to clean. The new debris barrier is simple and easy; and accessible from its very own (private) road.
Timber Creek’s 2 drain crossings were a nightmare of perching, erosion, and worn-out culverts. The whole area was so overgrown that you couldn’t even see the water – I had to find the culverts by listening for them. Now the protective shade that e-coli loves, is missing in many places; and the overhanging trees and shrubs, while pretty, added a lot of unwanted nutrients to the water
And one last look at the headaches the Cuddy brought on a too-regular basis:
This has been an amazing journey, and none of it would have happened without the Cuddy Residents stepping up and saying “We’ve had enough”. And our government officials, both elected and appointed, listened. Add an engineer (Dan Fredricks) who took the Friends of the Cuddy Drain’s goals and made it work. And finally, under a truly massive Special Assessment…. (yeah, that was a bit painful) – it all came together. A giant group hug!! to all of you!!