The Cedar Cove reach of the Big Thompson River lies in a canyon pocket, where the steep, narrow upstream canyon walls open up and the valley flattens before constricting once again. During large flood events, such as in 1976 and more recently in 2013, this section of the river deposits and stores sediment and debris carried down from upstream, creating unpredictable changes to the river’s profile and water flow. Approximately 3,600 linear feet of the Big Thompson River corridor was rehabilitated in the Cedar Cove project through a combination of channel grading, in-channel and bank stabilization features, and revegetation efforts.
This project was designed with community and technical expert input in 2016, and was constructed from July 2017 through November 2017.
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This simulation, produced by Stantec, was created to help community members and the project technical team and partners visualize and plan for another 100 year flood event in the Cedar Cove area. This visualization shows a section of river that was restored by the Big Thompson Watershed Coalition, after the 2013 flood that caused major damage to the area’s ecology, infrastructure (including homes, roadways, and bridges), and communities.