Project Description

Hotchkiss Demonstration Project


First of Many Projects on the North Fork of the Gunnison


Cost: $40,000

Restoring Natural Habitat


Design and implementation of a 1.5-mile stream restoration project on the North Fork of the Gunnison River to reconstruct a single-thread meandering channel, rehabilitate a functional floodplain with grading and revegetation techniques, stabilize river banks to protect property and enhance aquatic and terrestrial habitat. Crane Associates raised the funds for this project.


North Fork River Improvement Association

Cement rip-rap pre-restoration

Before restoration the landowner had protected his barn with cement block rip-rap.


Wetlands established post-restoration.

After restoration, the river is buffered by wetlands that also provide natural habitat.


“Jeff came on board to provide technical assistance and oversight of a riverbank stabilization project. Even though this project was being completed with federal funding, he said, “It’s simple.” and with him on board, the project was in fact simple. He had a clear vision from start to finish that he helped the contractor to successfully execute in less than one month. If you want someone who will get the job done and make sure that it’s done right the first time, I recommend Crane Associates without hesitation.”

Alyssa Shomion, Agriculture Disaster Recovery Grants Program Grant Technician, Colorado Department of Local Affairs