Eagle River Rehab getting started | VailDaily.com

Eagle River Rehab getting started

Melanie Wong
Vail CO, Colorado

Who they talked to: Eagle River Watershed Council representatives and engineers from Walsh Environmental

What they talked about: The watershed council, a nonprofit river advocacy group, plans to restore sections of the Eagle River in Edwards. The stretch is inhospitable to fish and some of the banks have been weakened by overuse, agriculture, ranching and development, said Julie Ash, a water resource engineer with Walsh Environmental, the company helping with the restoration.

The county commissioners have given grants to the Watershed Council and the restoration project for several years.

Ash laid out the $1.5 million restoration plan to commissioners. The project will start with the section by Hillcrest Drive this summer and move up to the edge of the Eagle River Preserve.

About 145,000 plants and shrubs will be planted on the banks to create an overhanging canopy of vegetation. Woody debris and river rocks will be returned to some areas to encourage growth of a new ecosystem, and bars in the water will create shallow and deep portions necessary for fish to flourish.

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