This trailer provides a taste of a film documenting a cutting-edge urban stream restoration project undertaken by Seattle Public Utilities during the summer of 2014.

The completed film, due out in 2017, will delve into the thinking behind inclusion of Engineered Logjams and the recreation of a Hyporheic Zone below the streambed, as part of a Wildlife friendly approach to flood control never before attempted. This project will set new standards for enlightened Public Policy going forward into the future.

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.