Project Summary

Location: Jemez Springs, New Mexico
Client: U.S. Forest Service
Contract Value: $161,000

The project goals were to reduce erosion and sedimentation associated with seven failing wood-based fish structures and to improve in-stream habitat within these river sections by reducing the overall bankfull width to depth ratio, which would reduce water temperatures and an increase pool habitat.

The restoration construction incorporated natural channel design techniques for this Rosgen C3 reach, including the use of toe wood treatment and boulders in the channel and floodplain. These features will increase pool habitat over time and promote bar formation and establishment of woody riparian vegetation.

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Stream Restoration Tasks

  • Removed seven failing fish structures and disposed off site
  • Installed boulder steps and boulder clusters
  • Placed riprap and boulders in floodplain and streambanks to control erosion
  • Removed more than 200 invasive trees adjacent to stream
  • Installed 175 feet of toe wood treatment
  • Transplanted more than 400 willow stakes and 50 cottonwoods in work areas