On April 3, 2012, the Department of Natural Resources sampled eight of the 11 historic sites on Hinkson Creek for water quality
parameters and macro invertebrates. No sampling was done below the confluence of the Flat Branch due to the fire fighting surge
two days prior. Therefore, these sites will not be sampled this season.
It appeared that the middle reaches around Recreation Drive, Rock Quarry and Capen park were relatively clear. Good habitat
diversity and interesting critters were found. The areas around Broadway, Walnut and the I-70/63 connecter were quite a bit
different. There was a lot of algae on the rocks, indicating the presence of nutrients or sewer leaks. the streams were wide and
shallow, indicating high flows. Several sites did not have crayfish. At least two illicit discharges were found in this area. The
stream health got better again at Hinkson Creek Road and Rogers Road (above the landfill).
Collecting Samples at root wads Dissolved Oxygen sampling at I-70/63 Connector
Kick net samples at Rock Quarry Road Sampling at Rogers Road
Samples into jars at Walnut site Extra large cray fish found at the Rock Quarry site