GAIL SCHONTZLER, Chronicle Staff Writer
Mandeville Creek looks like a lowly ditch where it runs straight along the east edge of the Bozeman High School campus, but for years teacher Robin Hompesch has dreamed of turning it into an inviting, meandering stream.
After years of writing grants and months of meetings with volunteers, Hompesch and those who share her dream are finally ready to “bring the creek to life.”
In mid-August, they plan to break ground for the first phase of the “meander the Mandeville” project. Their ultimate goal is to create a winding, natural streambed, shaded by willows and trees, bounded by boulders, with handsome bridges and outdoor classrooms for students.
“It’s wonderful,” Hompesch said Tuesday. “So many people have volunteered incredible amounts of professional time – it’s so heartwarming.”
As a biology and wildlife ecology teacher, Hompesch said she tells students about the importance of water and riparian habitats in the arid West.