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Looking like the bucket of this excavator is about to swallow him, Allen Haden studies a section of Tonto Creek to determine the best place to position boulders. Haden works for Natural Channel Designs, Inc. whose efforts are to slow the creek’s flow and create deep pools where trout can thrive.

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Crews labor to turn Tonto Creek into heaven for trout

$175,000 project to create a chain of 75 pools started this week and will help bolster region’s tourist economy

Natalie Robb has spent the last three years sloshing up and down Tonto Creek, trying to figure out how to turn a flood-battered stream into a little piece of heaven for the finny set.

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