Reach 28 is located the river canyon and the City of Loveland. This project was made possible by the interest and commitment of property owners at Sweetheart Winery, private landowners, and a future City of Loveland public area, to be called Wild Natural Area. This 5,000 foot long segment of the Big Thompson suffered extensive damage from the September 2013 Big Thompson River floods. The flood caused approximately ten feet of sediment to deposit in the historical channel, forcing the flooding water to break a new channel through adjacent private lands. This new breach tore through the majority of mature riparian vegetation, leaving the channel banks destabilized, prone to erosion, and the habitat overall degraded. This section of the river currently consists of a uniform, shallow overly-widened river that provide minimal habitat diversity and wildlife benefit. Emergency repairs were conducted following the 2013 flood, however property owners and other partners still seeked long term solutions to enhance the resilience of this section of river. In 2017, the BTWC received grant funds to create the final design, receive project permits, and hire design-build contractors. This month, March 2019, construction will begin on this site!
Project goes to construction in March 2019 and is planned to be completed by summer 2019.
for our River Restoration at Reach 28 completion celebration planned for Summer 2019! Future site management and monitoring will be dependant on funding. Stay tuned for volunteer opportunities to help us manage this site long-term.