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South Arkansas River Restoration Project
Colorado Trout Unlimited
The project site is 100% on private land divided between two landowners. The main focal point of the project was on a long outside bend that was being “stabilized” by Detroit riprap (Old car bodies and other debris). These features were installed in the 1960’sand 70’s to protect the bank from eroding. Along with being an eye-sore, the riprap was accelerating flows along the bank, which was lacking in fish habitat. The lack of fish habitat is synonymous with most of this river due to historic flood protection measures and channelization. The goal of the project was to remove the car bodies and debris, improve bank stabilization, create habitat, and connect to a previously restored adjacent downstream section.

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