Rio de los Pinos south of Ortiz, CO – SMEG

This is a project of the San Miguel Ecological Group (SMEG) and is located upstream from the gauge at Ortiz, CO the Rio de los Pinos flows south into NM towards Chama. Historic overgrazing had led to poor riparian vegetation and an over-wide river channel. Riverbend Engineering’s design narrowed up the active channel, decreased the width to depth ratio, increased pool depth and increased in-stream fish habitat structure. The fish holding capacity has increased significantly.