There is a new feature at Bluff Creek State Natural Area – a wader wash and boot brush station created by Whitewater resident Steven Witt.
Steven, who owns a welding business, volunteered his time to create the wash station with materials provided by The Coburn Company and Kettle Moraine Land Trust.
Anglers and hikers leaving Bluff Creek will be able to clean their waders and boots, which will help prevent the spread of invasive species such as the New Zealand Mudsnail. The mudsnail may have the potential to impact the food chain of native trout and other fish species. The Wisconsin DNR recommends anyone leaving waterways scrub their boots and equipment with a stiff brush to avoid moving invasive species from one place to another.
The brush station is at the west entrance to Bluff Creek on County Highway P south of Whitewater.
Thanks go to Steve, The Coburn Company, and Kettle Moraine Land Trust for partnering on this worthy venture to promote healthy waters, and thanks to the many Southern Kettle Moraine SNA volunteers who work to protect the habitat at Bluff Creek.