Corps of Engineers Unveils Plans for Stream Restoration

Army Corps Planner Jeff Greenwald, left, and Sheridan Mayor Roger Miller before Greenwald's presentation. (Photo by Pat Blair)

Plans for more than three miles of channel restoration in Sheridan were unveiled at a presentation of the Army Corps of Engineers Thursday night at the Best Western Sheridan Center.

Jeff Greenwald, the Corps planner/project manager said the goals of the project included restoration of more natural stream conditions, fish passage and stream connectivity and restoration of wetland, riparian and floodplain habitats of the Big, Little and Goose creeks as they flow through the city.

The Army Corps of Engineers team, who came from Omaha, presented the results of a feasibility assessment. Sheridan Public Works Director Nic Bateson said the Corps and the city of Sheridan have been partners on the project for a little over two years.

Greenwald said the plan covers the length of Sheridan with one exception. Plans to deal with the concreted stretches of the creek between Dow and First streets in downtown Sheridan have been put on hold, he said, for additional study. In part, that's because of the cost of dealing with that stretch of the creek, an estimated $20 million.

The remainder of the project, which will restore the natural channel meanders and modify the Big Goose drop structure for fish passage, is estimated to cost about $4.15 million, and just over $3.1 million of that will be funded by the federal government.

Sheridan Mayor Roger Miller said he thinks there will be a number of improvements from the project.

He said it could also increase other types of fishing in town as well. But, he said, the big benefit is the overall contribution to the beauty of Sheridan while still providing protection against flooding.

Greenwald said there will be a public meeting to review a draft report in late spring or summer, with design of the project and award of a contract in 2018. Under that scenario, construction would start in 2019.

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DSA Executive Director Beth Holsinger, Miller and City Administrator Mark Collins. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Public Works Director Nic Bateson visits with City Councilman Rich Bridger. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Two presentation attendees study the plans set up for review. (Photo by Pat Blair)