Dan Miller Progressive Farmer Senior Editor
Mon Jan 5, 2015 12:51 PM CST

A couple of miles down from its spring-fed source, Pleasant Grove Creek wanders through Jeff Campbell’s farm. At one time, the run of Pleasant Grove Creek looked quit ill.

Its clouded water was evidence of decline. The future of its Kentucky bass, bluegill and perch was equally clouded. Sediment choked the creek’s cobblestone bottom and ruined spawning beds. The stream banks were eroded, trampled by cattle and littered with discarded debris. Fallen trees jammed the natural course of the creek. Seasonal floods ran through the creek’s floodplain with ever-increasing velocity.

Campbell, Adairville, Ky., had few resources to repair all the ...

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