Snowmass Village, CO
The Town of Snowmass Village is one of Colorado’s premiere ski and outdoor destinations. In the early 2000s when the Town undertook a major development project to modernize infrastructure and amenities, ERC was hired to restore Brush Creek, one of the first things visitors to the Town notice upon arrival. Past development had encroached upon the river, and it didn’t provide significant ecological benefits or recreational opportunities. ERC’s design recreated a stream segment that optimized habitat while providing a more enjoyable and user friendly resource. The stream was re-meandered and a total of 27 step/pool and riffle/pool features were created to provide pool habitat over a 1,300 foot segment. The corridor along the stream was regraded and native riparian was planted to create a healthy riverine system to support aquatic and terrestrial habitat. These improvements served to beautify the Town entrance.