Project goals include reconnecting the stream to the floodplain and improving habitat for beaver, birds, fish etc., to increase perennial flow in East Canyon Creek as it's run dry in recent years, and to re-create wetlands and sequester carbon. Beaver are locally present and likely to return. Project funding was provided by the Watershed Restoration Initiative and the Park City Climate Fund. Project partners include the Swaner EcoPreserve, the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, and Sageland Collaborative.
We built beaver dam analogs (BDAs) using untreated wood posts (2-4" diameter) pounded into the stream-bed at the height of the ordinary high water mark and then filled in by volunteers using on-site materials including sustainably harvested willow branches, mud, rocks, and clumps of sod.