Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch and the City of Loveland Water Treatment Plant

Project Description

The Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch is a historic site that currently hosts a working ranch, as well as the Heart-J Center for Experiential Learning, a hands-on learning organization working to engage local youth and community members in history, arts, leadership, agriculture, and environmental conservation. The 2013 flood resulted in loss of the Ranch’s main lodge and several cabins, severe impacts to infrastructure and operations, and significant damage to several county roads at the mouth of the Big Thompson canyon. The purpose of the restoration activities conducted at the Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch and the City of Loveland Water Treatment Plant, located just downstream, was to implement several techniques at a small scale, and use the project as a demonstration to showcase this diverse suite of methods utilized in a project designed to satisfy multiple watershed improvement objectives. 

This demonstration project’s construction was completed in just under 2 months,  between March and May 2017.

Interested in getting involved?

The BTWC continues to monitor stream conditions periodically to evaluate long-term success, and is working with partners at Larimer County to help manage noxious weeds present in small numbers in the area. Interested in helping monitor with BTWC staff or donating toward the ongoing monitoring and management?

Sylvan Dale

Project Outcomes

Project length: 3,300 linear feet

1,150 linear feet of bioengineered streambanks

9 in-stream structures

400 willow and cottonwood live stakes

0.6 acres seeded

Sylvan Dale Gallery

Our Project Partners

  • ERC & Tezak Heavy Equipment
  • Colorado Department of Local Affairs