Frazer Creek Fire/Flood Incision Recovery


Frazer Creek

Methow River Watershed, WA

Oct. 14, 2019



Project Goals and Objectives

Project restoration goals included accelerating stream evolution after a severe debris flow following wildfire event. We focused on adding structure through wood loading of wildfire killed and fallen mature cottonwood and aspen to interface with stream, widen incised channel, slow water down, aggrade stream bed with transported sediment, form inset floodplains, and eventually reconnect stream to isolated floodplain/terrace.

Structure Construction Elements

General wood loading in stream of local burned and fallen mature cottonwoods/alder/aspen. Wood was manually placed/organized by hand/winching within channel to reduce transport of wood during high flow events. No posts were used to stabilize material, only strategic placement to discourage movement of wood and protect culvert and state highway downstream.

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