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Some great news from BNSF, with whom we worked on the Otter Creek Side Channel Design Project, which completed in 2016:

Praising our “efforts benefiting fish, water quality, habitat and habitat connectivity,” the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) gave BNSF its 2016 WSDOT Environmental Excellence Award. The Otter Creek Restoration Project in Lewis County, Washington, funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, was part of BNSF’s new track construction near Kalama, Washington. BNSF worked closely with the Cowlitz Indian Tribe, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and various Washington state agencies to develop a habitat enhancement project on the Cowlitz River that included a complex salmon spawning and rearing habitat.

Kitsap County has won a 2017 VISION 2040 Award from the Puget Sound Regional Council for the Clear Creek Wetland and Flood Plain Restoration Project. NSD was the lead consultant on this project, providing stream and floodplain restoration designs for the 30-acre site in response to repeated flooding in downtown Silverdale, WA. This award recognizes innovative projects and programs that help ensure a sustainable future as the region grows.

The Secret Life of Rivers 2.0 Update from S Solomon Leaping Frog Films on Vimeo.

Take a journey through the unusual world that exists beneath a streambed. Called the hyporheic zone, this world of microscopic flora and fauna is vital to the health of rivers around the world. Find out why, and see the slime on streambed pebbles come to life! Meet for the first time the colorful and unknown world of the Hyporheic Zone and why it is important. -S Solomon Leaping Frog Films


Building a coffer dam was a temporary first step in the floodplain restoration and fish habitat / log jam construction project on the Lemhi River near Salmon, ID. Thanks to Idaho Department of Fish and Game and the Eagle Valley Ranch for the opportunity to work in such a beautiful spot. Also, hats off to NSD’s Deb Stewart, P.E. for the video, project management and all around amazing talent!

Natural Systems Design is pleased to announce, that we will be sponsoring a 5-day design course on the design of large wood habitat in the Upper Columbia region. The workshop will incorporate current design and assessment methodology from the newly published Large Wood National Manual (Bureau of Reclamation and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, 2015) as well as recent fish and habitat response from effectiveness monitoring programs across the region. Space is limited to the 30 participants, so contact us soon if you are interested to attend.

LW Habitat Design Course

Larson's Reach Restoration. Photo by Daniel B. Nylen.

“The care of rivers is not a question of rivers, but of the human heart.” – Tanako Shozo

All of us at Natural Systems Design wish all of you a Happy Winter Solstice and bright New Year! We look forward to our paths crossing in 2016. The above photograph by Daniel B. Nylen is from Larson’s Reach Restoration, Nooksack River, sponsored by the Lummi Indian Nation Natural Resources Department.