Bozeman High Plans Next Phase of Mandeville Creek

In this Chronicle file photo, Bozeman High School students have their lunch on Mandeville Creek on campus.

The final phase of restoring Mandeville Creek on the Bozeman High School campus is scheduled to take place this summer.

Restoration supporters gave a report on their plans this week to school board trustees. The design will ultimately have to be approved by the trustees and the city of Bozeman, said School Superintendent Rob Watson.

“It’s very similar to the upstream project,” Watson said Friday.

The upstream restoration project has already transformed a straight ditch on the east edge of school property into a meandering stream with natural rocks, native plants and trees, and art sculptures to make the stream a more attractive, natural feature, improve water quality and create learning opportunities for students.

The final phase will take place along North 11th Avenue from the high school’s north parking lot entry at West Villard Street, north past the old tennis courts and practice field, to the entry drive into the Support Services Building parking lot.

“It doesn’t meander as much,” Watson said, as the original restoration area.

That’s because the final section faces three major constraints — a water line on the east side, a sewer line on the west side, and an overhead power line, which means vegetation can’t be too tall.

Still, the design by Kyle Scarr and Cody Croskey of TD&H Engineering shows a slightly meandering stream with three step pools of water created by rock weirs, wetlands, large landscape boulders, aspen trees and native bushes.

Money for this final phase has already been raised, Watson said. That includes a $146,000 state Department of Environmental Quality grant won by teacher Robin Hompesch and a $100,000 match provided by the school district.

Alumni raised more than $346,000 for the earlier parts of the project, and many people volunteered labor to restore the creek.

Once the final phase is officially approved, it will be put out to bid with contractors.

The final phase design can be seen online, https://bit.ly/2UChuDO.

Gail Schontzler can be reached at gails@dailychronicle.com or 406-582-2633. Follow her on Twitter @gailnews.

Gail Schontzler covers schools and Montana State University for the Chronicle.

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