Bank Stabilization with Environmental Features on the Middle Rio Grande

by Drew C. Baird, Bureau of Reclamation, Albuquerque, United States,
James P. Wilber, Bureau of Reclamation, Albuquerque, United States,
Richard W. Slater, Bureau of Reclamation, Albuquerque, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Hydraulic Engineering


River maintenance on the middle Rio Grande has changed significantly since channel work began in the mid 1950's. Past practices included pilot or relocation channels, vegetation control, and island and bar removal. Techniques which incorporate rive geomorphology, fish habitat structures and vegetation that have more desirable environmental effects are now being used. Preliminary fish and invertebrate data show significant use of stabilized banks and other environmental features. Past river maintenance practices, river geomorphology, implementation of present techniques, construction of fish habitat structures, and results of aquatic resources monitoring are presented.

Subject Headings: Fish management | River bank stabilization | Environmental issues | Maintenance | Islands | Construction methods | Basins | Project management | Rio Grande

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