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Provo River Restoration Project  - Design and construction of 5 miles of new Provo River channel within a federally purchased corridor. The design was comprehensive in that it was intended for river, riparian, wetland, and upland ecological restoration planning, and included supervision of seven studies, including primarily birds and amphibians, and rare or endangered species; multivariate statistical analyses to determine key habitat parameters for restoration planning; GIS data processing and spatial analyses; coordination with agencies; and coordination between scientists and engineers.
Chad Gourley and Tyler Allred surveying at McCarran Ranch.
Chad Gourley and Tyler Allred surveying at McCarran Ranch.
East Fork of the Sevier River, Utah - Relocation of 2,500 feet of channel as part of a highway construction project.  Utah State Division of Wildlife documented a 400% increase in fish biomass in a five-year period following restoration.
Truckee River Restoration Assessment Project – Watershed scale ecologic, geomorphic, hydrologic, and restoration assessment from Vista, Nevada to Pyramid Lake, Nevada to identify sites suitable for future restoration and habitat enhancement activity.  Restoration along the Truckee River is being proposed for the purposes of increasing riparian forest, wetlands, wildlife habitat, water quality, and threatened and endangered fish populations.  Issues related to riparian corridor and water quality degradation include channelization, invasive plant encroachment, grazing, deforestation, mine drainage, nutrient loading due to wastewater treatment plant discharge, and increased turbidity due to assorted human-induced landscape disturbances.  The project included GIS mapping and analysis of the entire project area.
Truckee River, Nevada - McCarran Property - Development and implementation of a restoration plan for approximately 5 miles of the mainstem Truckee River corridor that includes both aquatic and terrestrial habitat components.  Project also included analysis of historic abundance and habitat use of birds and amphibians along the Truckee River with avian and herpetological surveys to assess current status of populations and habitat availability.  Implementation of first phase including construction oversight, revegetation and monitoring is in progress.
Truckee River, Nevada –Lockwood Property - Development of a restoration plan for approximately 1 mile of the mainstem Truckee River corridor that includes both aquatic and terrestrial habitat components.
Truckee River Flood Control Project, Nevada - Provide expertise on riverine process and function for incorporation into designs for a flood control project through the Truckee Meadows area.

Steamboat Creek Restoration Plan - Determination of the required corridor width for the Steamboat Creek Restoration Corridor.

Carson River Project Geomorphic, hydrologic, ecologic, and restoration assessment of the Carson River. The long term objective of this project is to identify sites suitable for future restoration and riparian enhancement as well as to provide recommendations for riparian ecosystem preservation and restoration.

Parker Ranch, NevadaDevelopment and implementation of a restoration plan for spring pools and channels that harbor the Amargosa toad and Oasis Valley Speckled dace.

Torrance Ranch, Nevada - Development and implementation of a restoration plan for spring pools and channels that harbor the Amargosa toad and Oasis Valley Speckled dace.

Ash Meadows, Nevada - Restoration of the Kings Spring drainage of the Ash Meadows Wildlife Refuge in Nye, County, Nevada.  The project entailed site analysis of the spring drainage and restoration of pool and stream habitat for several endangered aquatic and riparian species.

Geomorphic, hydrologic, ecologic, and restoration assessment of the Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge. The long term objective of this project is to identify sites suitable for future restoration and riparian enhancement as well as to provide recommendations for riparian ecosystem preservation and restoration.

Flagg Springs, Nevada - Development and restoration plan for spring pools and outflow channels to provide habitat for four sensitive and endangered native desert fish. 
Moapa Wildlife Preserve, NevadaDevelopment and construction of a restoration plan for a series of geothermal springs and outflow channels and the surrounding riparian areas.  The project provides habitats for sensitive and endangered native fish and other organisms that use the system.

Upper Muddy River, NevadaCompletion of a geomorphic assessment of a thermal spring-fed river and preparation of recommendations for the restoration and preservation of a desert riparian ecosystem.  The project area includes habitat for thermal endemic invertebrates and fish such as the endangered Moapa dace.

Owens Valley, California - Geomorphic, hydrologic, ecologic, and restoration assessment of the springs within Owens Valley, California. The long term objective of this project is to identify sites suitable for future restoration and riparian enhancement as well as to provide recommendations for riparian ecosystem preservation and restoration.

Jordan River, Utah - Design of a natural stream bank stabilization plan for the Jordan River in Utah, to enhance the riparian area near the channel and to protect a medical research facility.

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