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Riparian repair: Rancher partners with Bitter Water Forum to find solution on Burnt Fork Creek
Jay Meyer has had a long-running battle with Mother Nature along a section of Burnt Fork Creek that runs through his family ranch east of Stevensville.
When the snow piles in the nearby Sapphire Mountains and comes off quick in the spring, the resulting rush of water cuts deep into the banks along the creek.
“We have always struggled with spring runoff along that section of the stream bank,” said the longtime rancher and retired Stevensville teacher. “We’ve worked at trying to find a solution to Mother Nature’s whims, but she’s unpredictable.”