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FTR Celebrates River Revitalization

January 14, 2014 State of Idaho, Teton County, Teton Valley No Comments
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The Friends of Teton River is celebrating the completion of the Teton Creek Restoration Project last month, and plans to host a tour of the project in the spring. This 7 year endeavor repaired 6,100 linear feet of stream channel that was illegally channelized over a period of 20 years. FTR officials explain that the project will significantly reduce the flooding risk to adjacent subdivisions and the City of Driggs, reduce sediment in the watershed by an estimated 145 dump truck loads per year, and increase fish habitat in the restored reach by 80%. To stabilize the channel, FTR rebuilt the stream corridor, constructed 5 acres of new floodplain, and stabilized 12,200 feet of eroding streambanks.  Materials generated during project construction, such as cottonwood rootwads and woody vegetation, were used to stabilize the banks and to vegetate the new floodplain.

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