Basalt River Restoration

Basalt, Colorado

Location

Basalt, Colorado

Project Category

  • Ecological

Awards

CASFM HONOR AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT 2015

The gold medal waters of the Frying Pan river run directly through the town core of Basalt and through many years of riverside development, the shoreline had been degraded, giving way to erosion and gradual loss of habitat within the riverine system. We were hired to restore the native river edge condition and to provide safer access for pedestrians.

Working with Matrix Engineering, we removed an existing levee and restored the natural alignment of the river. Using native plantings and (what else?) along the river’s edge, we mitigated further erosion and stabilized the banks. We restored degraded side streams (how?) creating valuable spawning habitat. We expanded the existing wetlands which provide crucial ecological services for the surrounding area, including storm-water management, flood control, and important bird habitat. Throughout these wetlands, we created a series of boardwalks and paths leading to the river’s edge and an ADA accessible ramp.

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