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Pinedale Stream Restoration Completed

Posted by Admin July - 7 - 2009 - Tuesday ADD COMMENTS

2006-05-29-09-53-19-v2-crop-smallConfluence recently completed the construction of two stream restoration projects near Pinedale, Wyoming. Each project involved narrowing existing stream channels using transplanted wetland sod mats and willows to improve fish habitat and sediment transport characteristics. In addition, high quality pool habitat was added to each stream to provide holding water for adult trout and fishing opportunities for anglers. The projects totaled over 2.5 miles of stream channel and were reviewed and approved by Wyoming Game and Fish biologists. Construction and labor were provided by Westslope Restoration, Inc. from Manhattan, Montana.

The projects have both met with great success, with the owner of one project very enthusiastic about the 20-inch rainbow trout he caught in one of our newly created pools just weeks after the project was completed.

Before restoration.  Over-wide channel with a silt-laden streambed and very poor fish habitat.

Before restoration Over-wide channel with a silt-laden streambed and very poor fish habitat.

After restoration.  Channel with improved pool habitat and narrowed with wetland sod mats and native willows.

After restoration. Channel with improved pool habitat and narrowed with wetland sod mats and native willows.