IMA was contracted to, design, permit, install and pursue grant funding for a stream restoration project on private property. The goal of the project was to design and implement a restoration project that maximized the fishing and recreation opportunities, while enhancing spawning and overwinter habitat for Cutthroat trout and reestablishing riparian vegetation along the stream corridor.  The design included re-routing the creek through relic channels to create additional stream habitat and create oxbow wetlands.  The stream realignment and oxbow creation provide functional wetland habitat for juvenile trout and waterfowl, eliminate two areas of severe bank erosion and sediment sources into the creek, and curb bank erosion that is close to undermining the adjacent county road.  Grant funding was secured from Wyoming Department of Game & Fish, US Fish & Wildlife Service, and Wyoming Wildlife & Natural Resource Trust. The project spanned approximately 1 mile of creek.   

The creek is diverted to redirect flows away from an eroding bank, leaving an oxbow of calm back-water habitat

The creek is diverted to redirect flows away from an eroding bank, leaving an oxbow of calm back-water habitat

This rock weir was installed to provide more diversity of fish habitat

This rock weir was installed to provide more diversity of fish habitat

This grade-control weir directs the main flow of the creek around the corner, so even at high flows (shown), only a little flow heads into the oxbow with the unstable bank

This grade-control weir directs the main flow of the creek around the corner, so even at high flows (shown), only a little flow heads into the oxbow with the unstable bank

Potted willows were planted throughout the project area  to stabilize banks and provide shade and cover

Potted willows were planted throughout the project area  to stabilize banks and provide shade and cover