Summit County Government receives award for Four-Mile Bridge restoration |

Summit County Government receives award for Four-Mile Bridge restoration


Summit County Government’s Open Space and Trails Department received the 2006 Special Recognition Award from the Colorado Department of Natural Resources, Colorado Mined Land Reclamation Board for its multi-agency partnership to restore the Blue River and establish native habitat on reclaimed lands on the Four Mile Bridge Open Space. This 23-acre property, located in the Upper Blue Basin on the west side of Highway 9 near Revette Drive, was historically mined by dredge boats, leaving massive gravel piles and an inhospitable stretch of river for animals and people. Over the past several years, the Open Space and Trails Department has led a project to restore a natural functioning stream corridor in order to enhance habitat, improve views from Highway 9, and provide quality public fishing and recreational opportunities. This newly formed stretch of the Blue River includes habitat for fish to spawn and survive year-round. Biodegradable fabric and more than 4,000 willows were utilized to create a natural appearing and functioning stream channel, rather than installing large in-stream boulders.

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