Restore Rivers

We plan and implement on-the-ground projects that advance watershed restoration practices and incorporate climate change scenarios.

Flood Recovery

We have designed and implemented more that 20 flood recovery and restoration project following the 2013 floods which devastated both our watershed and our community.

Problem

High flows and sediment/debris inputs caused the creek to migrate and experience deposition, erosion, and loss of riparian vegetation and habitat. Agriculture, homes, and infrastructure were damaged or destroyed throughout the watershed.

Solution

We led design and implementation of flood recovery and restoration projects to jumpstart and maintain our watershed’s trajectory towards resilience. These projects aim to increase flood resilience, restore long-term stream health and stability, and improve aquatic and riparian habitat in out watershed. Projects spanned both private and public properties, and included extensive outreach and community engagement.

Upper Left Hand

Before and After Restoration

Streamcrest

Before and After Restoration

Ranch

Before and After Restoration

63rd Street

Before and After Restoration

81st Street

Before and After Restoration

73rd Street

Before and After Restoration

River Restoration Projects

Operating Ditch

Working Rivers

We are finding balanced solutions for working rivers. Many of Colorado’s Front Range rivers are considered “working rivers” because in addition to providing ecological benefits such as habitat and water quality, they also provide considerable economic and recreational benefits for our communities and enhance our community’s quality of life. As beneficiaries of the services provided by our working rivers, it is our responsibility to explore ways to balance river health with societal needs.

Photo Credit: Isabel Schroeter

Adaptive Restoration

We are advancing watershed science through applied restoration. Our key research question is how does a stage zero site increase geomorphic complexity, ecological resilience, and attenuation of fluxes? We are partnering with professors and students at University of Colorado Boulder to answer this research question by quantifying comparing ecological and geomorphic complexity at a stage zero and traditional restoration site.