Stream restorations are conducted to improve the environmental health of the stream, support biodiversity, recreation, flood management, and increased bank and channel stability.
Stream restoration is meant to have a positive impact on the health of the stream; however, during restoration construction, that may not always look to be the case. Restoration is a large, and often, muddy job, but it is worth it in the end!
Let us walk you through one of our recent projects, starting at pre-restoration photos, deep diving into what you can expect to see during construction, and then the wonderful impacts time can have post-restoration!
Bear Cabin Stream Restoration Pre-construction (November 2017)
Here we see an unhealthy stream due to eroding and unstable banks, fallen debris and sediment buildup.
Bear Cabin Stream Restoration Construction ( January 2018)
Construction involves many workers, large equipment, and a lot of digging, which can leave room for something that looks like a muddy mess...but we promise it won't stay like this for long!
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Bear Cabin Stream Restoration Post-construction (June 2018)
After restoration construction is complete, planting takes place; seeds, live stakes, and trees are planted at our restoration sites. After a few short months, we are able to see some greenery come back to the site!
Since it has only been a few months since the end of construction, there will be many areas that are still a bit muddy and uneven. Plants will take time to grow and disperse over the restoration site.
Bear Cabin Stream Restoration Post-construction (August 2019)
About 18 months after construction, we can really see the difference stream restoration makes!