The Omaha District, in partnership with the city of Sheridan, solicited bids in fall 2021 for the construction of an ecosystem restoration project along the Big Goose Creek, Little Goose Creek, and Goose Creek in Sheridan, WY. The recommended plan in the feasibility study included in-stream improvements and riparian restoration. Ecosystem restoration construction activities are planned along the Goose Creeks, Thorne-Rider Park, Sheltered Acres Park, Washington Park, and Mill Park for a total cost of $6.35M.
For the in-stream improvements, construction activities include adding structures such as rock riffles, j-hook structures, rock revetments, and boulder clusters which will provide habitat and shelter for fish and other aquatic organisms. Other in-stream improvements will be created in Mill Park by adding grouted drop structures that will reduce the existing gradient to drops of 0.4 feet across the entire length of the structure. This improvement will open a migratory pathway connection for fish.
The riparian improvements at Thorne-Rider Park, Sheltered Acres Park, and Washington Park include excavation, replacement of topsoil, plantings and adding a new drainage structure. These improvements are part of the wetlands and floodplain habitat restoration to increase connectivity of upstream and downstream reaches of the Goose Creeks. The recreation activities at Washington Park also include the construction of a 10-foot-wide concrete trail.
For more information, contact Project Manager, Rachel Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org or Hanns Mercer with the City of Sheridan at 307-675-4237.