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Edgewood Creek Watershed Assessment, Enhancement Plan, & Restoration

edgewood1Client: Vail Resorts

Waterways staff was retained to prepare the Edgewood Watershed Assessment and Enhancement Plan (EWAEP) for the portion of the Edgewood Creek watershed managed by Heavenly Mountain Resort, located in the Lake Tahoe Basin, as part of the resorts 2005 Master Plan. The purpose of the EWAEP was to identify potential restoration projects in the Edgewood Creek watershed to improve Stream Environment Zone health and improve water quality. The final EWAEP was submitted in January 2006 and was followed by four restoration designs completed in 2006.

Goals for the restoration projects included improving water quality, reestablishing riparian and wetland ecosystem function and reducing fine sediment loads to the creek, all considering preservation of the ski-run recreational uses. Three of the projects were implemented in the summer of 2006 and included components of channel restoration, floodplain enhancement, gully repair and road rehabilitation. All of the projects incorporate full site re-vegetation with appropriate native species focusing on enhancing riparian/wetland ecosystems and providing bio-engineered treatments. Waterways staff provided construction staking, monitoring and inspection services to assist Heavenly’s “in-house” project implementation.