Road Impact Reduction

 

Road before Decommissioning

Road before Decommissioning

Roads that are located along stream corridors can negatively impact the stream because they limit access to the flood plain where high stream flows can soak into the ground.  Instead when a road is present the flood water washes sediment and other pollutants into the stream.

 

 

Looking over the flood plain that was created after the road was decommissioned

Looking over the flood plain that was created after the road was decommissioned

Decommissioning roads involves ripping out the old roadbed and adding roughness through large woody debris or folders.  The area is then planted with native vegetation.

 

Projects

Lower Gales Creek Habitat Enhancement Project 2008 to 2010

This project along Gales Creek decommissioned a farm road, added large woody debris to improve fish habitat, planted native plants in the newly created riparian and flood plain areas. It also created several depressions for amphibians along the stream corridor. Continue reading