RDG was selected by the Middle Fork Willamette Watershed Council (MFWWC) to lead their efforts in developing specific restoration projects to address limiting factors for 22 miles of Little Fall Creek. A technical advisory team of experts from various agencies and landowner representatives was formed to help guide the process and ensure transparency. RDG performed a rapid assessment of the entire 22 mile reach and provided recommended restoration actions that would meet limiting factors while restoring natural function and river processes in the watershed. Restoration strategies such as riparian inter-planting, in-stream large wood placement, and off-channel habitat connection were key tools for addressing limiting factors.

RDG formed a comprehensive matrix of biological characteristics for each project along with implementation feasibility to help guide restoration strategies. The matrix was populated with project information and reviewed by the technical advisory team to create a robust strategy for addressing limiting factors in Little Fall Creek through watershed restoration. In addition to creating a restoration strategy, RDG developed four projects into final designs for implementation. Each project required detailed field surveys of existing conditions, hydraulic modeling of existing and proposed conditions, and detailed plans and specifications. Cost estimates of the projects were also developed to facilitate grant funding efforts. Final designs were developed for four projects and implemented in 2013.

Scott Wright, PE

Middle Fork Willamette Watershed Council

Little Fall Creek, Oregon

Lead stakeholder meetings and integration
Synthesis of past studies and limiting factors
Restoration strategies to address limiting factors
Survey and field data collection
Hydraulic modeling and project designs