Project Description


North Fork of the Gunnison River

Cost: $800,000


Restoring Natural Habitat & Protecting Property

Design and implementation of a 4-mile stream restoration project on the North Fork of the Gunnison River to reconstruct a severely impacted reach of river into 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.


North Fork River Improvement Association


Undercut bank before construction

Before restoration the bank was undercut.



Graded bank

After restoration: the bank is regraded.

Newly-installed willows after restoration

After restoration: willows are placed along the tow of the bank, growing and protecting this bend from future erosion.



“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