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For years the Mandeville Creek ran in a shallow ditch, cluttered with trash and overgrown weeds.

"To get these areas back to where they naturally should be is something that I'm really interested in helping out with," said Lindsay Crouch of Montana Conservation Corp. 

Lindsay is one of twelve Montana Conservation Corp members working to restore Mandeville Creek. 

"How this all started was basically a grassroots effort with the student's and the the school and the community to transform Mandeville Creek from a ditch to this meandering interactive channel," said Briana Schultz, Mandeville Creek Restoration Coordinator. 

The first phase to restore Mandeville Creek started two years ago. Thanks to the work of volunteer groups and students, the creek is now completely transformed. This week starts phase two. 

"We started two summers ago. Reach one is up behind you and reach two extends all the way to the entrance of the school," said Schultz. 

Phase three will begin next fall and start at the entrance of the high school and extend all the way out to Durston. 

"We also just secured a grant from the EPA and DEQ for a 146,000 dollars to continue our work," said Schultz. 

While the group is helping clean up the creek, they are also helping to re-introduce much of the natural vegetation to the area. 

"We are trying to get a lot of the Kentucky Blue grass out of the perimeter zone of the channel itself. We planted a lot of native flowers, a lot of native trees and shrubs," said Schultz. 

These new renovations will also add to installation of the high schools first outdoor classroom later this summer. 

"The more folks who decide to restore their lawns or restore the creeks that flow through their property's is great for the environment and it's great for all the different animals who make this place their home," said Jeremy Aaron of Montana Conservation Corp. 

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