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Logan River Planting Showcases Restoration Process

Herald Journal Saturday, Jun. 17, 2017

On one side of the Logan River at Denzil Stewart Nature Park, fast-moving water rushes along a steep bank lined with concrete chunks. On the other side, a team of volunteers on Saturday planted 170 native trees and shrubs in the floodplain. USU Forestry Extension Educator Megan Dettenmaier said the concrete blocks represent the “business as usual” approach to bank stabilization, but the Logan River Task Force wants to show what a natural streambank looks like with multiple layers of riparian habitat. The newly-planted shrubs will stabilize the riverbank, filter pollutants and provide a buffer to protect property. ... Frank Howe, Logan River Task Force chairman, said the task force lowered the bank along Denzil Stewart Nature Park last fall to create a floodplain. Instead of moving faster through a narrow channel and causing more erosion, the lowered floodplain allows the river to dissipate its energy and deposit sediment. ... He said plantings like this will help reduce further sediment from depositing downstream, like at the Logan River Golf Course where a large restoration project will begin in August to reroute a section of the river, creating a wide floodplain and protecting infrastructure.

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