Riparian Area Weed Management

Managing weeds in riparian areas can be a great challenge for many reasons. Moving water, along with heavy use by wildlife, livestock and humans, can provide a constant source of reinfestation. Higher soil moisture levels, which help many riparian species to thrive, can also benefit noxious weeds. Several herbicides, effective…

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Leaving the Planet Better Than We Found It

Trout Headwaters, Inc.  is proud to have designed, permitted, and installed the first stream restoration and demonstration project on the Sweetwater River Conservancy near Casper, Wyoming.  The photos in this post show the resources along Horse Creek within the conservancy in their original condition during baseline and 1 year post-restoration. Historic land use practices…

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Wyoming Finalizes Its First Stream Mitigation Procedure

The United States Army Corps of Engineers Omaha District Wyoming Regulatory Office has approved the first Wyoming Stream Mitigation Procedure (WSMP) for the state. The WSMP establishes a method for calculating compensatory mitigation debits and credits that will provide predictability and consistency.   Such a procedure is necessary for allowing the…

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“Emergency Response” for Streams and Rivers Becoming More Common

With unpredictable weather patterns becoming the new normal, it may be time to take a fresh look your flood risk.  At Trout Headwaters we are definitely seeing a distinct increase in the number of emergency calls we receive.  When a structure or critical resource is under threat of flooding time…

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Father of Floodplain Management Said, “Build Away from Floodplains”

When rivers flood severely enough that there is loss of life, it’s not too long before emergency meetings are held to discuss new flood control measures.  Often these measures include armoring riverbanks.  Although a tragedy, the recent floods near Boulder, Colo. could have been worse. Some of Boulder’s protection could…

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Head for the Hills! Will Climate Change Put You Underwater?

Climate scientists predict that sea levels will rise by three feet — and could rise by as much as five feet — by the year 2100. What does this mean for some of the world’s coastal cities, or your favorite beach?  The map below allows you to explore the regions…

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The Science Behind Colorado’s Catastrophic Floods

Just a few months ago, Boulder, Colorado was in the grip of yet another drought, reports TIME magazine online, and the state also experienced its worst wildfire on record earlier this year. But after days of heavy rainfall that the National Weather Service called “biblical,” drought and fire are the…

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How to Keep Trout Streams Cool in a Warming Climate

This month National Geographic reported that anglers who flock to Montana in search of their own authentic A River Runs Through It experience are out of luck. “On September 4, the Blackfoot River, centerpiece of Norman Maclean’s beloved story…was closed to fishing by in an effort to protect fish from…

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How a City Can Be More Like a Forest

from Greenbiz.com One defining characteristic of a city is that it is full of hard surfaces. Streets, sidewalks, buildings and bridges shed water when it rains. All that water has to go somewhere, and it usually gets there fast. So for a city to function more like a forest or…

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Wildfire and Water: Post-Fire Assessments Provide Quick Answers

The fire is out, but the damage is still ongoing.  When wildfires burn an area, the exposed land that has lost most of its vegetation is very susceptible to soil loss. In a short amount of time rain can cause severe erosion affecting structures, hillsides, roads, trails, and especially the…

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