I, Luke Austenfeld, the 9 year old boy typing this, think that the Tomahawk Oxbow should be kept clean and in good condition because wetlands like this filter water and improve water quality in the creeks. Beneath is a picture of me and some other pictures of wildlife and some essential gear.
Tomahawk Creek near 139th and Antioch at one time had some bends (sinuosity) prior to development. As housing and commercial development progressed, the creek was straightened and there is a 2,000 foot length cutoff bend of the creek that is basically dry. After a big rain it would hold some water but then drain out one end that had eroded. Through a collaborative effort with the Watershed Institute, Watershed Land Trust and the City of Overland Park, the stage is set for the restoration of the Oxbow. For many years the Oxbow has been basically dry and was not able to hold water. With the recent design of the bike path through the area the Oxbow was provided a dam that enables it to hold water for extended periods of time. There are years of forest debris (leaves and branches) that have accumulated however, with the new life given by the influx of sustained water, the Oxbow has new potential of being habitat to turtles, lizards, mammals, birds, macro invertebrates, frogs, fish, and other animals that inhabit wetlands and rain gardens. This is a popular place for education, field trips, and afternoon excursions with easy access from an Overland Park bike trail.
To view the location with Google Earth, click on the following link and save the placemark to your computer. You will need to download Google Earth, if you have not already, to open he file. This is the coolest program in the world...and it is free.
"And I think that the oxbow should be saved as a start to save and preserve wildlife. And if other people like you pitch in then bless their Heart. And bless yours"...Luke Austenfeld
You can help to save the Oxbow by joining the Watershed Land Trust. Donations, although not required are welcome. Just by joining and showing your support for this interesting project you are doing your part.