Blue Lake secures $300K in grants for Powers Creek improvements

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BLUE LAKE - Blue Lake is making plans to improve Powers Creek and a new pedestrian, equestrian and ADA accessible bridge is on the list.

The city has secured almost $300,000 in grants from the Habitat Conservation Fund and the Fish Action Council to improve Powers Creek.

Currently, pedestrians and equestrian riders walk along a dirt trail and cross through the muddy creek as easy access to Monda Way. The bridge will alleviate problems residents are having crossing the creek.

The city will also add fish habitat structures and remove invasive vegetation from the area to help increase fish population. The project is now in design phase.

"People use an informal area to cross the creek from the Gymkhana, which is our small horse arena, to the other side of the creek, Monda Way. So it's really not a safe situation with people using this informal path and trying to cross the creek. Especially with high water, and when it's not high water, there's a lot of rocks in the creek, so it's potentially dangerous," said John Berchtold, Blue Lake City Manager.