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Stream Restoration

creek restoration work
Arid stream and floodplains that have been intensively grazed may naturally incise following flood events, disconnecting floodplain landforms and stream channels which in turn reduces vegetation cover and channel complexity. Four Peaks’ Nate Hough-Snee designed and installed beaver dam analogs along 6 kilometers of wadeable stream to improve instream and riparian habitat and floodplain processes that support viable populations of Yellowstone cutthroat trout. Working with agricultural producers, two creek watersheds were assessed across the river continuum for potential hydrologic and geomorphic dynamism and reaches were classified so they could be prioritized for restoration. Restoration implementation included designing and installing post-assisted log structures designed to emulate beaver dams, excluding grazing, and planting and relocating willows from intact reaches to restoration reaches. The project was monitored using aerial imagery, GIS, and field surveys of floodplain landforms and vegetation.

At A Glance:

Client Type: Public and Academic

Location: Utah

Project Timeline: 2013-2014

Services Provided:

Project Manager: Nate Hough-Snee, PhD, PWS

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