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In 2014, cbec was contracted by E-CO to undertake an options appraisal on a ~ 7 km reach of the River Hallingdalselva, nr. Gol, Norway. The study reach is impacted by pressures associated with river regulation for hydropower, including the absence of the natural flow conditions that drive the creation of optimum salmonid habitat. Habitat within the study reach is also affected by the presence … Continue reading Hallingdalselva Habitat Enhancement »

cbec led a team to develop a prioritised catchment restoration plan on the River Naver, Sutherland. The primary objective of the project was, through reinstatement of natural geomorphic processes, to improve habitat conditions for Freshwater Pearl Mussels while achieving other ecosystem services, notably maintenance of ‘good ecological status’ and sustainable flood risk management. Stakeholder consultation and community engagement were key stages in development of the … Continue reading River Naver Catchment Restoration »

cbec was contracted by the Tweed Forum to design measures to stabilise a section of eroding bank on the Wooler Water, Northumberland. The Wooler Water is a highly dynamic gravel-bed river and large flood events in 2008 and 2009 resulted in extensive channel adjustment. At the site in question, the river avulsed into a new location, resulting in the active erosion of a 140 m … Continue reading Wooler Bank Stabilisation »

cbec have developed detailed restoration designs for a reach of the River Nith at Castlemains, New Cumnock. This reach was prioritised for restoration in the first phase of SEPA’s pilot catchment project because of the potential benefits of restoration to its Water Framework Directive (WFD) status for morphology and to natural flood management (NFM). Options within each sub-section of the reach were identified and assessed … Continue reading SEPA Pilot Catchment Project – Options Appraisal and Outline Design – River Nith (Castlemains, New Cumnock) »

cbec was contracted by Dundee University and the Tweed Forum to provide the joint benefits of improving the ecological status (through river restoration) and natural flood management (NFM) of the Eddleston Water, a tributary of the River Tweed in the Scottish Borders. We initially conducted a geomorphic assessment in 2010 to assist in the development of an ecologically-sensitive catchment management plan and sustainable flood alleviation … Continue reading Eddleston Water Restoration at Cringletie, Lake Wood and Shiphorns »

cbec applied a full ‘process restoration’ strategy on a tributary of the River Dulnain, with the aim of reinstating dynamic geomorphic and ecological processes. We identified the dominant constraints to natural process and implemented associated measures to reduce these. This involved the addition of large wood and gravel augmentation and the removal of flood embankments. Assessments of sediment transport processes guided the optimal locations for … Continue reading Allt Lorgy Restoration »

cbec was contracted by NCPA to perform a Sedimentation Rate Study at McKay’s Point Reservoir. cbec performed a bathymetric survey to document existing conditions in October 2011 and developed a set of plan drawings. The existing conditions data was compared to previous bathymetric surveys performed in 1997, 2000, and 2005, and used to characterize sedimentation rates of the reservoir. Stage versus storage volume relationships were … Continue reading McKay’s Point Reservoir Sedimentation Rate Study »

cbec was contracted by NMFS to construct a two-dimensional hydrodynamic model. The model is capable of quantifying steelhead migration suitability and habitat availability over a range of discharges for subsequent use by NMFS staff. The results of this study will be used to support the NMFS in evaluating the effects of Bradbury Dam on steelhead trout in the Santa Ynez River. MORPHO2D was used to … Continue reading Santa Ynez River Two-Dimensional Flow Model »

This project intends to improve fish and wildlife habitat, water quality, and recreational opportunities in Squaw Creek and its adjacent meadow by rehabilitating the natural hydrologic, geomorphic and ecological functions of the system. A variety of historic and ongoing anthropogenic modifications (e.g., watershed logging and ski resort development, grazing in the meadow, channel modifications, bank hardening, floodplain grading, hydrologic alteration, etc.) have degraded the functional … Continue reading Lower Squaw Creek Restoration Project »

cbec performed a geomorphic assessment of the lower Yuba River adjacent to the Yuba Goldfields. The focus of the effort was to assess the historic rates and predict future rates of lateral migration of the river and subsequent erosion of the training walls.  The training walls were built from unconsolidated gravel and cobble to confine the river to an alignment to the north of its … Continue reading Yuba Goldfields Fluvial Geomorphic Assessment »