Knickerbocker Reach Reborn!

The Confluence Project gets all the press, with its multi-million dollar price tag, conspicuous construction, and extreme traffic impacts but for my money the coolest restoration happening in the Thornton Creek Watershed right now is the Knickerbocker Reach Floodplain Project.

Where once was a tightly armored channel bordered by the rubble of residental fill, there now is broad floodplain, a creek with deep pools, aerating riffles, and ripirian wetlands. Magnificent!

Terra forming wraps up soon, with lots of planting to continue into the fall..

Before, tight lined ditch, hidden in the weeds.

Before, a tight lined ditch, hidden in the weeds.

 

Now - A deep pool, with logs for structure and the tapered banks await hundreds native plants.

Now – A deep pool with logs for fish and tapered banks awaiting hundreds native plants.

 

East of the bridge, the site of tons of rubble and rotting creosote timbers - a reach in rebirth!

East of the bridge, formerly the site of tons of rubble and rotting creosote timbers, a reach in rebirth!

 

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