Project Summary

Location: Villa Grove to Bonanza, Colorado
Bureau of Land Management
Trout Unlimited
Natural Resources Conserv. Service
Private Landowners
Contract Value: $1,162,000

The goal of this project, completed over a 5-year timespan, was to improve the water quality of Kerber Creek by removing tailings containing high metals concentrations from the banks of the creek and placing them into on-site repositories or treating the tailings and surrounding soil with amendments. Twenty areas along the creek impacted by tailings were remediated (64 acres) and revegetated.

RMC reconstructed approximately 4.5 miles of Kerber Creek to stabilize channel boundaries by constructing 180 in-stream structures along the creek.

This project received two prestigious awards— the U.S. Forest Service Water Partner of the Year for the Rocky Mountain Region and the BLM 2010 Hardrock Mineral Environmental Award.

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Stream Restoration/Remediation Tasks

  • Constructed on-site repositories to contain mine wastes containing high concentrations of heavy metals
  • Removed mine wastes from banks of Kerber Creek and placed in repositories
  • Amended remaining mine waste and soil along creek is situ with calcium carbonate, calcium hydroxide, and mushroom compost
  • Revegetated amended areas and other disturbed areas with native vegetation, including transplanted native sedges and willows
  • Installed 180 in-stream structures—new pools, stream meanders, rock barbs, rock cross-vanes, cattle crossings, diamond structures, and J-hook vanes