A biologist with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game says people love and enjoy Campbell Creek so much that the stream is polluted and eroding.


The creek flows from the Chugach Mountains to Cook Inlet. It’s home to five different salmon species and used heavily by people all year round.


“We’re really fortunate in Anchorage that we have all these greenbelts,” said state natural resource manager Patricia Joyner.


But Joyner said having this kind of escape in an urban setting does have its downfalls.


“All that use has a negative impact on it and people don’t hurt the trees and the forest and the salmon habitat on purpose,” Joyner said.


Campbell Creek is polluted and the banks are eroding away, which not only hurts the creek’s fish but also increases the risk of flooding, according to the Department of Natural Resources.


But help is on the way, this time from the federal government in the form of a $295,000 grant. The grant went to the Alaska division of forestry to restore a seven-mile stretch Campbell Creek and its trail system.


“It’s going to reconstruct the greenbelt trail and restore the vegetated areas,” said state forester Chis Maisch. “It’s going to create low impact access and offer stewardship and education opportunities.”


The grant was matched by partnering organizations, nearly doubling the funding.


Joyner wrote the grant proposal and said she has a vision for what Campbell Creek will become.


“A place that we can continue to enjoy and that our great grand kids will still be able to come here to fish, see moose, and have clean water and clean air,” Joyner said.


The grant funds for the Campbell Creek restoration will be spent over the next three years, with the majority of work happening next summer.


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