Development, Improvements, and Enhancements
The Future Fisheries Improvement Program is proposing to provide partial funding to a project calling for the restoration of a 540-foot reach of Braziel Creek, a tributary to Nevada Creek. Braziel Creek supports a slightly hybridized population of westslope cutthroat trout. A reach of the stream located downstream from the county road has incised and has become disconnected from the adjacent floodplain. Due to this channel incision and deficient woody riparian vegetation, stream bank erosion rates are high and pool habitat is lacking. This project calls for restoring proper channel morphology to improve fish habitat, sediment transport and water quality by constructing a step-pool channel that transitions at the lower end into a meandering gravel bed channel. A riparian grazing exclosure, with a hardened livestock water gap, would be installed along the entire length of the restored channel. Braziel Creek is a tributary to Nevada Creek located about 9 miles southeast of the community of Helmville in Powell County.