We would like to express our deepest condolences to the family of Archie Bouttier.  Archie was a major stakeholder and supporter for this project.  His empirical knowledge of the Big Wood River helped shape the design of this project and we could not have done this without the efforts from Archie.  He will be missed.

Howard Preserve Construction is Complete

Howard Preserve river restoration project is completed!  The preserve will reopen today 3/24 at 4:00 pm.  All disturbed areas have been reseeded so please stay on the center of the trail from the canal bridge down past the Brownfield site.  There will be a volunteer workday Tuesday March 30th 4-6 pm to work on this section of trail.  If you would like to help that day meet at the Martin Lane parking area, bring water and work gloves, tools will be provided.  Thanks!


About the Restoration

This project is part of a mile-long design from Broadford Bridge down to Riverside Estates on the Big Wood River. A large stakeholder group consisting of City of Bellevue, Flood Control District #9, Diversion 45 Canal District, Friends of the Howard Preserve, several private landowners, Trout Unlimited and Wood River Land Trust, all contributed funds to this design.

The purpose of the design was to find flood mitigation solutions for private property and enhance floodplain and natural fluvial processes.