ECI Site Construction, one of the state’s leading general contractor focused on highly complex river work and parks and recreation, announced that construction has started. The Legacy River Resilience and Rist-Goss Ditch Improvement Project area is located in Larimer County, west of Loveland, between Rossum Drive and Wilson Avenue. The project is spearheaded by the Big Thompson Watershed Coalition, a non-profit organization based in Loveland whose mission is to protect and restore the ecological health of the Big Thompson Watershed for the use and enjoyment of our community today and for future generations. This project will address improving the river corridor considerably, improving recreation along the river, aquatic habitat and fishing, while making improvements that will help limit damage to the corridor during future floods.
The project will reconnect the floodplain to the river channel, encourage channel narrowing in over-widened portions, and improve bank protection and stability. In addition, the Rist-Goss ditch point of diversion will be removed and replaced with a more river and fish-friendly design that includes natural rocks and boulders to direct and deliver water to downstream water users.
The entire project team that is being led by ECI Site Construction includes FlyWater, Connell Resources and Western States Reclamation Inc.
Construction has begun and looking to complete this project by Summer 2019.
ABOUT BIG THOMPSON WATERSHED COALITION
The Big Thompson Watershed Coalition (BTWC) started as an informal grassroots organization in response to the flood of 2013. Since that time, we have been working to design, permit and construct river restoration projects to improve the long-term function of the Big Thompson River and its key tributaries. The BTWC Coalition has completed over ten large-scale river restoration projects throughout the watershed. The projects have produced a more resilient river system and surrounding watershed and enhanced recreation, fishing and aesthetic experiences along the river corridor. For more information, visit: www.bigthompson.co