Dennis and Susan Trump live on a forty-acre horse farm just north of Pierceton, Indiana, within the Upper Tippecanoe River watershed. Their day job is residential and commercial construction contracting, but their passion is raising quarter horses. Their land has steep hills and a creek running through it south to north. Because of the rugged topography this creek was constantly eroding its banks and undercutting the land under trees along the way. The creek empties into Mud Lake and was depositing its eroded sediment there forming a silt island.
The Trump’s tried for thirteen years to get their erosion problem under control and finally found a partner in TWF.
In 2008, we installed a constructed wetland next to the creek and constructed a two-stage ditch along 1700’ of the banks. This two-stage design provides a mini-floodplain that slows and filters the creek during high water. The sides were filled with native plants that further reduce water pollution. Dennis and Susan shared in the cost of the project primarily through their own labor and use of their excavating equipment.
With the Trump’s support and grant funding from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management, this creek is now stabilized. As proof of the improved water quality, Denny proudly showed me fish living in the creek and told me how it now supports two pair of blue heron.
The Trump’s support TWF because they believe in good stewardship of their land and of the water that makes its way through their creek. In two words, water quality is what motivates the Trump’s to partner with TWF. If you have land in our watershed and would like to partner with TWF on a water quality improvement project please contact us.