Stollsteimer Creek near Chimney Rock, CO

southern-ute-tribe-sealChannel incision and bank erosion had led to poor water quality conditions and a lack of riparian vegetation. This valley area on the Southern Ute Tribe provides winter habitat for elk and a perennial water source for many mammals. The design solution included grading of point bars and low floodplains where feasible, preventing bank erosion with toe rock and construction of a floodplain bench behind the rock. Riverbend’s geomorphic analysis aided in the design of a low flow system inset within a larger channel & floodplain form capable of passing the 5 year event.