Shade will improve fish habitat, water clarity, riparian zone restoration
RAPID CITY--A section of Rapid Creek received a new look recently when City crews planted 120 trees that will result in numerous, long-lasting impacts.
Crews planted a variety of native tree species along Rapid Creek from Canyon Lake Drive to Sheridan Lake Road. The planting included Cottonwood, Elm, Maple, Oak and Willow trees to build cold water fish habitat and provide other benefits.
A donation from the Black Hills Fly Fishers was matched by the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department to fund the project and work will be carried out by Rapid City Parks staff, according to City Urban Forester Andy Bernard.
"There will be a lot of positive impacts from the project," said Bernard. "It includes providing shade that will build and enhance cold water fish habitat, stormwater benefits, water clarity and riparian zone restoration, and as the trees flourish will create an even more enjoyable experience for people who use the bike path or the creek banks.