How Lewistown’s Big Spring Creek got its meander back

Great Falls Tribune –

In 1961, George Machler hopped on a bulldozer and began moving earth on his land on the edge of this central Montana community.

When he was done, 8/10ths of a mile of meandering, trout-filled Big Spring Creek crossing his land no longer meandered. It flowed straight.

“They made a ditch basically,” said Clint Smith, a fisheries biologist with Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks.

There was a silver lining.

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