The Maryland Creek Ranch development in Summit County includes approximately 3,500 feet of private water on the Blue River, including side channels. ERC designed and constructed improvements along this full stretch to optimize aquatic habitat and maximize holding capacity for large trout. The design included a deep thalweg throughout the full project reach to ensure quality habitat was retained even at times when flows are limited to minimum releases from Dillon Dam. ERC’s natural restoration created 11 different stream segments, each with its own unique habitat features to provide anglers with a variety of fishing experiences. The project, which included full reshaping and grading of the entire 3,500 foot section was completed within a three week window given tight schedule limitations imposed by project permits.