Dredging to shift
channel in Big Wood
Express Staff Writer
effort to decrease erosion along the Big Wood River near Bellevue,
Blaine Countyís flood control district will dredge enough gravel from
the channel to shift the flow to a more protected area.
county commissioners approved a stream-alteration permit Monday for the
district to remove about 6,000 cubic yards of material along a
1,000-foot section of the river just north of the Broadford Bridge.
Control District #9 Commissioner Greg Mann told the commissioners that
the channel is now dewatered along the riverís east side next to a
river has not been up against the levee for at least two or three
years," Mann said. "The flow has been forced over against the
west bank, which is unprotected."
dead trees and stumps in the river will be anchored along the levee to
provide fish habitat.
work will begin within two weeks.
supportive of the project, County Commissioner Dennis Wright pointed out
that it isnít a permanent fix.
been an awful lot thatís come down the river and been deposited in
certain areas," Wright said. "Thereís nothing much else you
can do but take it out."
the district will inspect the area after next yearís high water to see
how the change affects the river downstream.
flood control districts were created by state government, and the three
local commissioners are appointed by the Department of Water Resources.
Flood Control District #9 has an annual budget of $50,000, though Mann
said none of the money was spent during the past two years due to