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Project Name

O'Dell Creek Restoration

Category
Construction Management
Client / Agency
Granger Ranches, L.P
Partners
Granger Ranches LLC, PPL Montana, MT Fish, Wildlife & Parks, US Fish & Wildlife Service,Natural Resources Conservation Service, USDA Farm Service Agency, Trust for Public Land, MT Land Reliance
Location
Ennis, Montana
Date
2005 to Present
Project Description
O’Dell Creek, a spring-fed tributary to the Madison River, was straightened and ditched in the early 1900s to improve agricultural efficiency.  Channel modifications led to channel incision and wetland draining.  RDG has worked with the landowners, participating agencies and stakeholders to complete a multi-phase restoration project.  To date, approximately 9 miles of spring creek and 500 acres of riparian wetlands have been restored.  Construction slated for 2011 will include an additional 2 miles of channel and additional wetland development.

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O'Dell Creek, Phase 4 project post construction O'Dell Creek during construction O'Dell Creek post-restoration O'Dell Creek prior to restoration O'Dell Creek specialized construction equipment O'Dell Creek, Phase 4 restored
O'Dell Creek, Phase 4 project post construction
Phase 4 project area post construction (2010).
O'Dell Creek during construction
Phase 4 project area during construction (2008).
O'Dell Creek post-restoration
Post restoration condition with restored channel and reconnected floodplain.
O'Dell Creek prior to restoration
O'Dell Creek prior to restoration activities, Phase 3 project area.
O'Dell Creek specialized construction equipment
Construction uses specialized low ground pressure equipment including ASVs and tracked dump trucks.
O'Dell Creek, Phase 4 restored
Restored emergent and shallow open water wetland complex, Phase 4 project area (2009).

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