As part of an ongoing restoration effort in the Sandy River Basin, Aquatic Contracting was hired to implement the multi-faceted Happy Creek Restoration Project. AC began by excavating and enhancing a 1600 foot long side channel to the Sandy River, installing over 400 logs to create numerous in-stream habitat structures. Part of side channel excavation included installation of a 325 foot long inlet log jam structure to help direct flow from high water events into the side channel. A perennial tributary to the Sandy River was also restored and redirected through its historic floodplain, into the newly excavated side channel, and then to the Sandy River. AC installed a new fish passable culvert under the Park’s main access road and re-built and paved the road to highway standards. AC excavated pools, installed single and multiple log structures as in-stream habitat and installed a small pedestrian trail bridge for public access. As part of the project, AC biologists also conducted fish salvage and regulatory agency coordination.
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