Water Wednesday

Jordan Creek “Underground” Tours

Spring is a busy time for field trips and our Jordan Creek tours are no exception. Just last week we lead three Jordan Creek tours. On those tours, we spotted catfish and crawfish in the underground urban creek.  Jordan Creek is a significant part of our communities’ history because in 1830 Springfield’s founder John Polk Campbell and his family were the first to settle along its banks. This waterway drew early settlers, businesses and industry then in the 1920s and 1930s the creek was boxed into a concrete tunnel underground. This important creek buried underneath the heart of our downtown has a lot of potential to someday be restored and daylighted. To learn more about the history of Jordan Creek and why it was placed in a tunnel underground follow this link: https://www.watershedcommittee.org/wp-content/uploads/2009/06/a-historied-creek.pdf

Stacey Armstrong Smith, Projects Manager