December 12, 2009--Restoration project improves health of Dolores River (Cortez Journal)

Some big equipment last week in the Dolores River channel across from Joe Rowell Park may precede big improvements to the river's health. Bill Coughlin, owner of Western Stream Works based in Ridgway, and Danny Bankston contracted with the U.S. Forest Service out of the Dolores Public Lands Office to complete a stream restoration project, part of a comprehensive plan that started with a Colorado Department of Transportation and forest service project to plant willows and improve parking at the Dolores River-Lost Canyon Creek confluence in 2006. "This is not an erosion problem, but what could we do to enhance the asset," Coughlin said last week in the river bed. "It's a continuing effort of the forest service to improve the area for recreation."