Lincoln Conservation District has been awarded an EPA 319 Grant through the Montana Department of Environmental Quality to complete Phase I of the stream restoration project on the Tobacco River. Phase II is currently under consideration for funding from the 2018 DNRC Reclamation and Development Grant program. Funding for the re-vegetation of Phase I was awarded through the Sweet Grass County Conservation District.
Phase I will restore a 0.4 mile reach of river channel. Combined, Phase I and II will restore approximately 1 mile of river channel. The restoration project will bring natural meanders and create approximately 5 acres of riparian floodplain. It is the intent of the floodplain restoration to create a floodplain that is hydrologically connected to the stream channel. A variety of streambed, streambank and floodplain plants will be established to support the river and wetland plant communities. The project will enhance habitat conditions in this important reach of the Tobacco River which serves as a critical migratory corridor to spawning and rearing tributaries in the Upper Tobacco River drainage.
Construction began July 15, 2018. Phase II construction will be coordinated based on the availability of funding.
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