Projects

Project Name

Restoration of the Sprague and Sycan Rivers

Category
Watershed and Stream Assessments
Client / Agency
US Fish and Wildlife Service
Location
Beatty, Oregon
Date
2001 to 2002
Project Description
RDG’s principals spearheaded the Master Plan for the Restoration of the Sprague and Sycan Rivers near Beatty, Oregon. This master plan included extensive field investigations to evaluate the current river corridor conditions on these two rivers in the Upper Klamath Basin. Additionally, a comprehensive analysis of regional reference reaches and historical channel conditions was conducted. The master plan document has been instrumental for identifying restoration opportunities, acquiring project funding, and attracting additional landowners to the effort. RDG has completed six restoration projects that were identified in the 2002 master plan.
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Shallow floodplain swales activated during spring runoff.
A view of the Sprague River through the Beatty Gap.
A view of the Sprague River downstream from the Beatty Gap.
George Pond on the Sprague River downstream from the Beatty Gap.
LiDAR exhibit of the Sprague River downstream from the Sycan Siding OC&E bridge.
Habitat structure placement on the Sprague River.
Historical channel reconstruction included excavating the 1940's channel alignment to increase channel sinuosity.
Preparing to activate the historical channel alignment in 2009.
RDG has worked with local contractors on each of the projects RDG has completed in the Upper Klamath Basin.
The 2009 project in June 2010 during spring runoff.
The 2009 project in June 2010. The increased channel length lowered velocities and increased channel-floodplain interaction.
The 2009 project in June 2010 during spring runoff. The project increased interaction between the river and mature willow stands.