The photo on the left as you can see is from 2017, the photo on the right was taken on May 23, 2015. Spring Drive also washed out in May of 2010 however no photos are available. The crossing of Spring Drive and the North Fork of Stickney Creek has washed out three times in the last 7 years and twice in the last two years. The road has been repaired each time by filling and grading the roadway back over the undersized (2 foot diameter) culverts only to have the road washout, costing the landowners more money in repair costs.

The continued use of undersized culverts in the North Fork of Stickey Creek is an on going concern. At the 2010 Annual Meeting concerns were expressed as follows; "It was requested by several in attendance that the "dam" issue be addressed on North Fork. Concern is growing about future wash outs as a result of additional run-off streams created by the dam break. The property owner has shown no interest in addressing the situation, thus far. Road crew to asses and determine direction to be taken."

The property owner where the "dam" is located (approximately 500 yards upstream from Spring Drive) was contacted by the host of this website in 2015 and was informed that one of the culverts in the dam washed out in 2010 (see photos below). It would appear nothing has been done to address this issue with the property owner.

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On this page you will find Information about the Current Culvert Repair and Replacement work that has been accomplished at Spring Drive and the North Fork of Stickney and Additional Information
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LCCD = Lewis and Clark Conservation District
ACOE = Army Corps of Engineers
MRR = Missouri River Ranches Landowners Corporation
ECR = Eagle Canyon Ranch

In May of 2017 Spring Drive at the North Fork of Stickney Creek washed out as it had in 2015 and 2010. The road was repaired however no permit was obtained from the Army Corps of Engineers or the Lewis and Clark Conservation District prior to the repair and work in the streambed.

A letter was sent to the Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE) and the Lewis and Clark Conservation District (LCCD) on August 3rd, 2017 concerning the completed work and possible violation of state and federal law(s). As a result of this letter the LCCD issued two letters (see below) and the ACOE required the replacement of the 2 foot diameter culverts. An application from Montana Recreational Properties, Inc has since been submitted for the replacement of the two foot diameter culverts with 5 foot diameter culverts.

Permits have been obtained from the ACOE and the LCCD. A copy of each permit is below.
Below are the  approved permits from the ACOE and the LCCD.

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Washed out Dam and culvert
Spring Drive
looking north
May 23, 2015
To VIEW the Completed Application Click on the Document Above
This letter is from the Lewis and Clark Conservation District  dated August 11, 2015 two years before the work was conducted in 2017. It clearly states "we are now going to do permits on any work that is done the affects the bed or banks of the stream on North Fork Stickney Creek and Stickney Creek". 

This means a Permit is required prior to Any work beinng done in the North Fork of Stickney Creek.

Click ON letter to view it in a PDF Format with the Landowner List
As stated in the 2017 Annual  Missouri River Ranch / Eagle Canyon Ranch Meeting Minutes One of the Presidents  of the Missouri River Ranch Landowners Corporation,  Mr Wade Crittenden, was given bad information as to why a permit was not obtained from the Lewis and Clark Conservation District (DNRC) (DEQ (sic)) for the work performed in 2017 at Spring Drive and the North Fork of Stickney Creek.

The letter to the left, dated August 11, 2015 was sent to the effected property owners and Mr. Crittenden.

The letter clearly states "we are now going to be doing permits on any work that is done that affects the bed or banks of the stream on North Fork Stickney Creek and Stickney Creek".

How can getting  "bad information" be claimed for a reason for not obtaining a permit when this letter is clear on this issue.

There is no question why the LCCD became involved with this issue since the August 11, 2015 was ignored.
The Road Work Has been completed for this year (2018).There are mixed opinions as to the quality of the work.

Below are photos of Spring Drive. The existing 2 foot diameter culverts were replaced with two 5 foot diameter culverts. Unfortunately the road claimed one victim before the work was completed (see photos below). The road surface had been eroded by runoff leaving large rocks exposed.

Much of the repair work at Spring Drive that was performed last year (2017) was required to be removed for the removal of the 2 foot diameter culverts and installation of the 5 foot diameter culverts. It is unclear why so much effort and money was invested to perform the extensive road repair in 2017 just to have the repair work torn up to install larger culverts the following year. Perhaps if a permit had been obtained from the DNRC prior to the 2017 repair some landowners fees could have been saved. A simple refilling of the washed out area and grading would have sufficed until the repair work the following year could have been completed, since the Road surface was extensively damaged during the 2018 runoff.
Water over the road at Spring Drive.
The continued runoff resulted in erosion and damage to the road surface exposing large rocks, and depositing debris on the road.
The car was unable to maintain control becuse of the large exposed rock.

There were no caution or warning signs.
2018 Road Surface -  Spring Drive after Road Work Completed
2018 Road Surface -  Spring Drive after Road Work Completed
2018 Road Surface -  Spring Drive after Road Work Completed
2018 Road Surface -  Spring Drive after Road Work Completed
Spring Drive after Road Work 2017

Before 2018 Road Work
Spring Drive after Road Work 2018

After 2018 Road Work