FALLING SPRING BRANCH DESIGN-BUILD PROJECT
Ecotone was responsible for all aspects of the project including grant acquisition assistance, design, permitting, construction, and monitoring. A total of five separate reaches totaling over 5,930 linear feet of stream channel were restored. Construction of the first phase was completed in 2002, three more reaches were completed in the spring of 2006, and the final reach was completed in 2010.
The stream is a world-renowned cold water spring creek that provides excellent heritage angling for wild brown and rainbow trout. The project focused on providing structures for improved aquatic habitat and water quality improvement through reduced thermal impacts and restoration of floodplain wetlands, and included using crushed stone covered with soil and sod harvested on site to reduce stream width and increase depth and velocities Lunker structures made of rough cut wood were installed in the banks to provide cover for salmonids, and boulder clusters and converging roller eddies were installed to provide feeding lanes and deep pool habitat for trout and other fish.
The first phase of the project was designed and permitted in 2001 and construction was completed in August 2002. Construction on the three reaches of phase two was completed by Ecotone in the spring of 2006 and planting occurred that fall. Phase three is now completed and being monitored. Monitoring of phases one and two was completed in 2008.