Confluence has made ongoing progress towards designing rehabilitation plans for Goose Creek, located in the Upper West Branch of Priest River in the Idaho Panhandle. The Kalispell Tribe of Nations retained Confluence earlier this year to develop a conceptual design for restoring 4 miles of Goose Creek. Historic land uses along Goose Creek included channelizing several thousand feet of the creek. The conceptual restoration plan will include restoring the creek to its historic elevation in order to provide improved in-stream habitat and a functional floodplain with dense riparian vegetation. The conceptual plan for this large stream restoration project is expected to be completed in the spring of 2010.
Confluence 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.
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.