More Trout Stream Therapy

“Rain drops keep fallin’ on my head…” I’ve been feeling a bit like “the guy whose feet are too big for his bed”. Per B.J. Thomas’ example, “… I just did me some talkin’ to the sun” yesterday, pulling weeds all day on the sand prairie, site of the Potawatomi, Ho-Chunk and Sauk Native American campgrounds, and that snapped me out of it. I got that “peaceful, easy feeling” that comes when you know you’re in the right place, at the right time, doing the right thing.

I’m investigating whether or not I might have gotten infected with borrelia burgdorferi (lymes) and taking doxycycline, as a precaution, while I figure out what to do next. I feel pretty good now and I’ve been working at the Hartland Marsh the last two weeks, mowing, brush cutting and meeting with the village administrator, Dave Cox, to help initiate a prescribed burn program. It’s been a few years now since I was focused on the marsh and, with all the rain we’ve been having, the buckthorn and other invasive plants are quickly turning it back into a jungle. Fire inspires hope that my efforts at the marsh will not go to waste. If you haven’t visited the Hartland Marsh yet, put it on your list; it’s uniquely beautiful.

Yesterday, I spent a rejuvenating day at The Springs and I’m going to jump ahead to the highlight of day when I walked down to the old barn site and saw that the DNR Trout Stream Therapists, like elves from middle-earth, had worked some magic to continue healing the river. Well, maybe it was just a lot of planning, deep river knowledge and hard work that produced the excellent results you can see below. This area corresponds to site #3 on the map in the post linked above and it looks like they are queued up to complete site #2 in the near future. Thanks to Ben, “Gos” and their crew for their continued efforts to nurse the river back to health!

I started the day at the Scuppernong Spring getting some water.



The sand prairie is lush with spiderwort and other native flowers, as well as lots of weeds.

Common Milkweed



The Scuppernong Prairie


John Hrobar alerted me that hoary alyssum was spreading like crazy and I decided to spend most of the day pulling this weed, since it was in peak flower, rather than continue piling brush in the woods, as I had planned. So, after spraying Transline on the short, black locust trees that have sprouted on the hillside just west of the scuppernong spring in the morning, I spent the rest of the day pulling hoary alyssum and spotted knapweed. All the rain we’ve been having made the weeds easy to pull and they came up roots-and-all, which was quite edifying. White Campion is another weed that is establishing itself on the sand prairie and I’m trying to figure out what to do with it; maybe nothing this year.

Hoary Alyssum

I returned to the Scuppernong Springs in the late afternoon to reminisce about the wonderful visit I just had there with my Mom, Dad and brother Joe.

Then I wandered down the left bank of the river visiting the hillside and hidden springs.


I’m not sure what this flower is… looks a bit like Indian Hemp.


Sunset at the marl pit.








See you at The Springs!

11 thoughts on “More Trout Stream Therapy

  1. Ben Heussner confirmed that the DNR plans to install another 75-100 yards of biologs in the near future to complete the work at project sites #2 and #3 (see for project site map)

    In the video I commented that their efforts would “increase the flow”. That is not correct. The volume, or flow, of water will not be changed, it will simply be focused into narrower channel.

      • From

        Definition of WATER FLOW
        : a flow or flowing of water; also : the amount of water flowing (as past a valve) per unit of time

        The reason I added that comment about my use of the word flow was that Ben corrected me repeatedly when I used that term back in Feb. when touring the work sites with the River Doctors. Despite that, I did it again, implying by the way I used the word that the “amount” of water moving, or flowing, down the river would change.

        Check this FLOW RATE CALCULATOR out. You can solve for diameter (assuming a pipe), velocity, or flow rate.

        So I think I meant to say that the “flow rate” and Velocity of the water moving downstream would increase because the “pipe”, or river channel, through which the water moved was being narrowed (see

  2. Paul, I’ve been seeing that same plant that you said you’re not sure of but “looked like indian hemp” at some of the other SNA’s in the area. I’m thinking maybe it might be poke milkweed but I’m no expert, we’ll test Jared next time we see him.

  3. I tested positive for the lyme antibodies last summer around the time that I had the Shingles. The drugs is not that pleasant.

    • HI Mark, hope you don’t mind if I ask… What test(s) did you take that confirmed the lyme antibodies? What drug(s) did you take and what was the protocol? Any residual effects?

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