The Beaverhead Watershed Committee hired Confluence to restore Lower Stone Creek near Dillon,MT.  The lower reach of the creek flows through an artificial drainage canal creating a straight stream flow with a low gradient (0.2%).  The stream banks were poorly vegetated and dominated by smooth brome.   The bed was covered by fine sediment in many locations.  Confluence stream restoration specialists restored Lower Stone Creek by creating twenty-six pools using stone to form step features.  Over 130 willows were transplanted to provide cover for spawning Beaverhead Riverbrown trout.  One foot of spawning gravels were installed along riffles to provide ample areas for redd creation.  Confluence water resource engineers replaced undersized culverts with bridges to reduce backwatering.  Three livestock water gaps were constructed to reduce bank trampling.

 

Lower Stone Creek before construction.

 

Livestock water gap

 

Construction of pool habitat