MICHIGAN CITY | More than 200 tons of rock was laid Saturday and Sunday on the banks of Treek Creek to stop more garbage at an old city dump from finding its way into the stream.

Recent heavy rainfall and a log jam caused the water in the creek to rise and erode the banks on the edge of the old city dump known today as Karwick Nature Preserve near Krueger Middle School, Michael Kuss, general manager of the Michigan City Sanitary District said.

Heavy equipment operators and sanitary district crews laid the rock over a net placed over the banks Friday to prevent more garbage from dropping into the creek until the stone was laid.

“What we're trying to avoid is a big release of it,” Kuss said.

The creek empties into Lake Michigan and, eventually, trash — mostly plastics — would float into the lake and onto the beaches three to four miles downstream.

Kuss said the long term goal is to develop a strategic plan for the site that would include rerouting the creek away from the old dump to eliminate the threat.

John is the Porter County editor for The Times. He is a Region native and graduate of Valparaiso University. He has worked for The Times since 1996 and previously worked for newspapers in Jasper and Newton counties.