Poudre River Restoration

  • Client: City of Fort Collins, Larimer County, Colorado
  • Date: Mar 2005 to Jul 2005
  • Info: Blue Mountain aided Colorado Erosion Control in the implementation of biotechnical stream stabilization practices on the Poudre River in Fort Collins, Colorado.

Restoration practices were designed to stabilize slopes and create a range of vegetative communities between the river’s edge and adjacent uplands. The project incorporated three vegetative zones, each with specific seed mixes and erosion control practices that were based on slope and proximity to flowing water. Coyote willow stands were established along the stream corridor; live stakes were harvested from natural stands in the area prior to leaf germination in the spring. These stems were subsequently chilled and soaked in water for several days. Habitat trees (snags) were also incorporated into the final restoration.