The Saratoga Sun -

River banks under pressure

 

Madeline Weiss

The still water, foreground, holds the overflow from the river, where trout are living outside of the channel. Behind, the river flows in its original channel. The water from the pool will be pushed back into the flowing channel.

Landowners confronted with loss of riverbank area are able to work with groups like Wyoming Wildlife and Natural Resource Trust (WWNRT) and Trout Unlimited (TU) in order to save their land. Greg Ryan, owner of the Ryan Ranch, has lost about 200 feet of land since his banks showed serious signs of erosion in 2010.

Jeff Streeter, North Platte River Water Project Manager with TU, has worked in conjunction with WWNRT, Wyoming Game and Fish, Saratoga-Encampment-Rawlins Conservation District and the landowner to gather funding in order to solve some of these issues. According to Streeter, engine...



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