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Society of American Military Engineers Sacramento, CA October 27, 2009 45 Ranch River Bottom Enhancement South Fork Owyhee...
Today’s Discussion <ul><li>Ranch Description & History </li></ul><ul><li>Partnering & Enhancement Strategies </li></ul><ul...
Where in the World?
Site History Location?  Location?  Location?
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The 45 Ranch
Ranch  House Little Owyhee River South Fork Owyhee River South Fork Owyhee River N Defunct Irrigation Diversion Lower Ford...
1952 River Alignment
Recent River Alignments 1952 1963 1973 1976 2007
Did That Create Problems?
Abandoned River Channels N Problem:  Abandoned River Channels, Headcutting, Erosion Severe Headcutting and Bank Erosion
N Problem:  Road Washout, Public Access Cut Off, Vandalism   Access to 30,000  Acres of Public Land Dangerous Detour and R...
Problem:  Lower Groundwater, Decreased Production, Decreased Habitat, Disrepair
N Problem: Irrigation Deficiencies   Defunct Irrigation Diversion
Unirrigated Habitat N Leaky Irrigation Ditch Problem: Irrigation Deficiencies
Unirrigated Habitat N Problem: New Irrigation Pump Proves Ineffective   Irrigation Pump
N Problem: Desiccated Fields and Habitat, Unproductive Ranch   Dry Fields and Habitat
Solutions?
Partnering Strategy <ul><li>The Nature Conservancy (TNC) buys Ranch in 1996 </li></ul><ul><li>TNC develops Conservation Pl...
Restoration Plan <ul><li>Develop enhancement goals and objectives </li></ul><ul><li>Develop possible design alternatives  ...
Project Goals <ul><li>Improve public land use and access </li></ul><ul><li>Restore/enhance river and floodplains </li></ul...
Project Objectives <ul><li>Optimize deeded water right (1.3 cfs) </li></ul><ul><li>Eliminate diesel pump </li></ul><ul><li...
Recommended Plan Phases 1 and 2
Phase 1 Construction September – October, 2008
Diversion “Rapid” Before Construction
Diversion “Rapid” During Construction
Diversion “Rapid” During Construction
Diversion “Rapid” After Construction
Diversion “Rapid” Before & After Construction Before After
Pipe Installation Along Old Ditch
Western Road  Repair Before During After After During
Old Airstrip Old Airstrip New Airstrip Old and New Airstrips Old Airstrip On Approach
Ranch And Meadow Overview Before Construction During Construction
Pond And Meadow Area Before Construction
Pond And Meadow Area During Construction
Pond Being Filled  During Construction
1 of 3 Pond Outlet Streams Meadow Area Before Habitat Berms Meadow Area During Construction
Meadow Area During Construction Habitat Berms Being Graded ~ 20 Habitat Berms D8 Dozer (for scale)
The Nature Conservancy  Treats Weeds and Plants Seeds
Just Some of the Team
Special Thanks To: Charles Conn & Dennis Fitzpatrick (45 Ranch LLC) The Nature Conservancy Natural Resources Conservation ...
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  1. 1. Society of American Military Engineers Sacramento, CA October 27, 2009 45 Ranch River Bottom Enhancement South Fork Owyhee River, Idaho
  2. 2. Today’s Discussion <ul><li>Ranch Description & History </li></ul><ul><li>Partnering & Enhancement Strategies </li></ul><ul><li>Restoration Process </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Planning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Funding </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Design </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Permitting </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Contracting Assistance </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Construction </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Where in the World?
  4. 4. Site History Location? Location? Location?
  5. 12. The 45 Ranch
  6. 13. Ranch House Little Owyhee River South Fork Owyhee River South Fork Owyhee River N Defunct Irrigation Diversion Lower Ford Upper Ford Defunct Irrigation Ditch Access Road Existing Site Overview
  7. 14. 1952 River Alignment
  8. 15. Recent River Alignments 1952 1963 1973 1976 2007
  9. 16. Did That Create Problems?
  10. 17. Abandoned River Channels N Problem: Abandoned River Channels, Headcutting, Erosion Severe Headcutting and Bank Erosion
  11. 18. N Problem: Road Washout, Public Access Cut Off, Vandalism Access to 30,000 Acres of Public Land Dangerous Detour and Ranch Vandalism Western Road Washout
  12. 19. Problem: Lower Groundwater, Decreased Production, Decreased Habitat, Disrepair
  13. 20. N Problem: Irrigation Deficiencies Defunct Irrigation Diversion
  14. 21. Unirrigated Habitat N Leaky Irrigation Ditch Problem: Irrigation Deficiencies
  15. 22. Unirrigated Habitat N Problem: New Irrigation Pump Proves Ineffective Irrigation Pump
  16. 23. N Problem: Desiccated Fields and Habitat, Unproductive Ranch Dry Fields and Habitat
  17. 24. Solutions?
  18. 25. Partnering Strategy <ul><li>The Nature Conservancy (TNC) buys Ranch in 1996 </li></ul><ul><li>TNC develops Conservation Plan with BLM </li></ul><ul><li>TNC sells Ranch to current owners (45 Ranch, LLC) </li></ul><ul><li>TNC oversees Conservation Plan for 45 Ranch, LLC </li></ul><ul><li>TNC contracts GeoEngineers to enhance ranch </li></ul>
  19. 26. Restoration Plan <ul><li>Develop enhancement goals and objectives </li></ul><ul><li>Develop possible design alternatives </li></ul><ul><li>Select preferred alternative (2 Phase Approach) </li></ul><ul><li>Develop Phase 1 design </li></ul><ul><li>Acquire funding & permits </li></ul>Collaboratively, TNC, Owners and GeoEngineers… Bureau of Land Management (BLM) performed Environmental Assessment (EA)
  20. 27. Project Goals <ul><li>Improve public land use and access </li></ul><ul><li>Restore/enhance river and floodplains </li></ul><ul><li>Raise groundwater elevations </li></ul><ul><li>Enhance wetlands and plant communities </li></ul><ul><li>Benefit fish and wildlife </li></ul>
  21. 28. Project Objectives <ul><li>Optimize deeded water right (1.3 cfs) </li></ul><ul><li>Eliminate diesel pump </li></ul><ul><li>Improve public access </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Eastern road relocation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Western road repair </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Eliminate lower ford and vandalism </li></ul><ul><li>Raise river and side channel elevations </li></ul><ul><li>Increase and enhance river, side channels & wetlands </li></ul>
  22. 29. Recommended Plan Phases 1 and 2
  23. 30. Phase 1 Construction September – October, 2008
  24. 31. Diversion “Rapid” Before Construction
  25. 32. Diversion “Rapid” During Construction
  26. 33. Diversion “Rapid” During Construction
  27. 34. Diversion “Rapid” After Construction
  28. 35. Diversion “Rapid” Before & After Construction Before After
  29. 36. Pipe Installation Along Old Ditch
  30. 37. Western Road Repair Before During After After During
  31. 38. Old Airstrip Old Airstrip New Airstrip Old and New Airstrips Old Airstrip On Approach
  32. 39. Ranch And Meadow Overview Before Construction During Construction
  33. 40. Pond And Meadow Area Before Construction
  34. 41. Pond And Meadow Area During Construction
  35. 42. Pond Being Filled During Construction
  36. 43. 1 of 3 Pond Outlet Streams Meadow Area Before Habitat Berms Meadow Area During Construction
  37. 44. Meadow Area During Construction Habitat Berms Being Graded ~ 20 Habitat Berms D8 Dozer (for scale)
  38. 45. The Nature Conservancy Treats Weeds and Plants Seeds
  39. 46. Just Some of the Team
  40. 47. Special Thanks To: Charles Conn & Dennis Fitzpatrick (45 Ranch LLC) The Nature Conservancy Natural Resources Conservation Service Bureau of Land Management

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