Riverbend Engineering is a consulting civil engineering firm specializing in water resources projects and river restoration engineering. Since 1999 we have worked on more than 150 rivers, arroyos, wetlands, and irrigation systems throughout northern New Mexico and southwestern Colorado. We can take river restoration projects from a feasibility level assessment all the way through permitting and construction. Riverbend’s staff includes licensed engineers, licensed contractors, certified floodplain managers, and experienced aquatic biologists. Responsible river engineering in the 21st century requires knowledge of water law, floodplain regulations, fluvial geomorphology, Natural Channel Design techniques, water quality criteria, aquatic biology, riparian plant communities, as well as the “Nuts and Bolts” of hydrology, hydraulic engineering, and sediment transport. We synthesize all of these technical disciplines to provide our clients with ecologically responsible designs that function sustainably within the current regulatory framework.
Riverbend Engineering has built a successful consulting practice over the past 17 years, applying our knowledge of rivers to a wide variety of projects, locations and client types. The core of our resume is river restoration work. This includes bank stabilization projects, fish habitat improvement projects, river condition assessments, aquatic and riparian biologic assessments, water quality assessments, water flow measurements, restoration of a stable river form, an active floodplain and a robust riparian plant community. We apply the techniques of fluvial geomorphology and Natural Channel Design (NCD) to many of our projects. Riverbend also provides a full suite of traditional river engineering services, including analysis of FEMA floodplain impacts, FEMA map revisions, bridge scour studies, erosion setback studies, sediment transport studies, flood control conveyance systems, stormwater detention and retention facilities, hydrologic studies and all manner of hydraulic analyses.
In the past 6 years Riverbend has worked on several dam removal/ dam modification projects. This is new territory for most engineering firms, and Riverbend has been able to apply our river restoration expertise to some high profile projects. Our project resume from the last 6 years also includes several whitewater park projects. This is another area of expertise that most engineering firms cannot offer. Experience is invaluable when designing a hydraulic structure that will create surf wave conditions for recreation and prevent the creation of a boater entrapment feature. Many of our clients see the ecological value of a wetland plant community adjacent to the river or pond. Riverbend looks for opportunities to create these unique plant communities, even in the small margins of a larger project.
Many of Riverbend’s projects include an irrigation diversion from the river. Whether the application is agricultural or municipal, the diversion of water is an integral part of life in the American West. Unfortunately, there are thousands of examples of diversion structures that have created an unintended consequence, such as a barrier to fish migration, a sediment trap, an entrapment feature for boaters, or an increased base flood elevation. Riverbend has helped many clients repair, modify or replace problematic diversion structures in ways that support the health of the river and minimize adverse effects.