River, Stream and Wetland Restoration
Client / Agency
Big Blackfoot Chapter of Trout Unlimited
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, US Fish & Wildlife Service
Near Lincoln, Montana
2008 to 2010
In cooperation with the Big Blackfoot Chapter of Trout Unlimited, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, RDG designed and implemented a restoration project on one mile of Sauerkraut Creek near Lincoln, Montana. The purpose of the project was to restore a functional stream and riparian corridor capable of supporting westslope cutthroat trout in an area of placer mining disturbance. RDG’s design addressed several limiting habitat factors including seasonal de-watering, degraded riparian conditions, lack of pool habitat and fish passage barriers. Restoration techniques included boulder placement for roughness in riffles, large woody debris placement for cover in pools and bioengineering bank structures to jump start bank vegetation. Implementation occurred in 2009-2010.