Ralph Peterson, a science teacher at North Gem High School, intends to recruit some of his students to help the Portneuf River Project improve the stretch of creek when work starts this summer.
"I want my kids to be involved in putting up those fences," Peterson
In the spring of 2003, Peterson's
advanced biology class began testing the water quality of Pebble Creek, accessing it on the Holsten land.
A Department of Environmental Quality official also comes into Peterson's class to lecture about the health of the Portneuf River
on an annual basis.
"One year, our project was to compare the river itself to Pebble Creek.
Pebble Creek is quite clear," Peterson
"Hopefully with this channel it will get even better yet.
There is some sediment, and hopefully that will be one of the things that's cut out a little bit."
also believes a more natural flow will provide fish a place to spawn and hide.
"We have some very special cutthroat in that river, and this would give them a better chance to get up in that stream and spawn," Peterson