As you may or may not have noticed (for those of you that stayed inside and crammed for midterms) IT RAINED THIS PAST WEEK! I decided to take a stroll down Strawberry Creek to see what was going on within the stream itself.
As expected, the water flow was much faster in most parts of the river, except where fallen debris (both natural and man-made) had clogged up the flow. People tended to shy away from the creek, choosing instead to take the longer, less wet way around to Dwinelle from the SLC area, which was a shame if you took the time to look at the creek itself. The water may have been a dark murky brown due to the rapid flow of the water taking off parts of the bank with it but it still remained intriguing (especially for those that didn't mind getting their feet wet!). Areas with higher traffic, as expected, tended to get more polluted but I was still saddened to see a newspaper and a sandwich wrapper making their way down the stream. The areas underneath falls in height (since calling them waterfalls would be a tad dramatic) were also murky, and in some areas of the stream it was nearly impossible to see into the water or even walk your way past it with knee-high boots on! It seems that the power of the Creek never ceases to amaze.
I did wonder as I was passing by about how those crayfish that we saw earlier last week were faring. How did they fare against the elements? What happened to the species that resided in the river such as the 3 species of fish that were introduced to the habitat? It seems that some questions will have to wait until the next event however.
As much as I enjoyed the rain perhaps this next week, we will get to enjoy the Creek without the torrents of rain and thus have more individuals appreciating the beauty of a clear and hopefully unpolluted force of nature. Until next week!