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Flood Control Under Way Near Driggs

September 5, 2013 State of Idaho, Teton County, Teton Valley No Comments
Teton Creek Restoration

Heavy equipment is in place in Teton Creek, near the Aspen Pointe and Aspens subdivisions, upstream of the City of Driggs this week.  The work is part of a multi-million dollar effort to repair a stream channel that was severely damaged by illegal channelization work.  Engineers with the county say straightening and channelization of Teton Creek have eliminated natural floodplain functions, and created a domino effect of erosion both up and downstream.  Stream banks are currently eroding up to 30 feet per year, causing significant private property loss, as well as threatening to expose buried waste in the old Teton County landfill property.  The erosion has also significantly increased the risk of flooding for the City of Driggs.  Consequently, the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality, the Idaho Office of Species Conservation, Friends of the Teton River, Teton County, the City of Driggs, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Jackson Hole One Fly Foundation property owners, businesses and other stakeholders have contributed funds to stabilize more than a mile of eroding stream banks using bio-engineering techniques and establishment of riparian vegetation.  The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Flood Mitigation Assistance program has also awarded Teton County with a $1 Million grant specifically for this project.  Officials say by the time the project is complete, more than $2.85-million will have been invested into repairing the damage to Teton Creek.

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