Little Snake River and Tributaries, Colorado, 1999 – 2001

Assessed, designed, and implemented 21 miles of river restoration on the Little Snake River and tributaries to improve geomorphic and ecological functioning in addition to creating habitat diversity with in-channel and off-channel features. Monitored for five years by Colorado State University.

A multi-step Cross-Vane diversion implemented on the Middle Fork of Little Snake River

A multi-step Cross-Vane diversion implemented on the Middle Fork of Little Snake River.

Step-Pool outflow channel below oxbow

Step-Pool outflow channel below oxbow .

Water feature

Water feature.

Oxbow created to enhance habitat

Oxbow created to enhance habitat.

Roaring Fork of Little Snake River post-restoration showing constructed stream with transplanted vegetation
Roaring Fork of Little Snake River prior to restoration showing entrenched F4 stream type with eroding banks

BEFORE RESTORATION: Roaring Fork of Little Snake River prior to restoration showing entrenched F4 stream type with eroding banks.

AFTER RESTORATION: Roaring Fork of Little Snake River post-restoration showing constructed stream with transplanted vegetation.

Roaring Fork of Little Snake River post-restoration showing constructed B4 stream type with log and rock step-pool structures
Roaring Fork of Little Snake River prior to restoration showing entrenched F4 stream type with eroding banks

BEFORE RESTORATION: Roaring Fork of Little Snake River prior to restoration showing entrenched F4 stream type with eroding banks.

AFTER RESTORATION: Roaring Fork of Little Snake River post-restoration showing constructed B4 stream type with log and rock step-pool structures.

Middle Fork of Little Snake River post-restoration showing reconstructed floodplain and J-Hook Vane structure
Middle Fork of Little Snake River prior to restoration

BEFORE RESTORATION: Middle Fork of Little Snake River prior to restoration.

AFTER RESTORATION: Middle Fork of Little Snake River post-restoration showing reconstructed floodplain and J-Hook Vane structure.

Roaring Fork of Little Snake River post-restoration showing constructed log and rock step-pool structures
Roaring Fork of Little Snake River prior to restoration

BEFORE RESTORATION: Roaring Fork of Little Snake River prior to restoration.

AFTER RESTORATION: Roaring Fork of Little Snake River post-restoration showing constructed log and rock step-pool structures.

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