Gore Creek and tributaries, Vail, CO
2010 - Present
Reactionary emergency flood damage repair has done significant harm to many rivers, RiverRestoration’s approach is to maximize the long term function and sustainability in all projects. A significant flood event occurred within the Town of Vail in June of 2010. RiverRestoration estimated that flows, greater than the 100-year event occured on the main channel and exceeded the 500-year event on a number of tributaries. This flooding significantly damaged property, infrastructure and the channel. Town of Vail requested a damage assessment and a prioritized restoration plan. The Town is highly sensitive to the environment and aesthetics and requested a restoration plan that could enhance the natural function of the channel while stabilizing the urban infrastructure. RiverRestoration categorized and prioritized 64 projects for damage repair with cost opinions and sustainable designs. Four top priority projects were designed and guided through construction within 6 months. Four additional projects were implemented a year later and eight additional projects are in the final phases of design. Improved flood conveyance, bank stability and infrastructure protection has been achieved at each project. These designs have accommodated habitat, morphology, and recreation while being aesthetically pleasing. The riverfront property values are a close second to the slopeside valuations as the Gold Medal fishing and world class kayaking are creating year round recreation demand in this mountain resort town.
"RiverRestoration's recommendations provided for the long-term protection of the stream bank while at the same improving the aquatic habitat in our Gold Medal trout stream."
--Gregg Barrie, Vail Senior Landscape Architect