Thursday, September 24, 2015

Culvert Details

Here is a better look at what was formerly known as "The Culvert". The old culvert was actually two smaller, rusted out, crushed pieces of culvert that carried the the North Fork of the Snake. They had to go. For all this time, you probably never realized the stream was flowing under the Base Area. You can see the new channel has a pre-cast concrete foundation and is lined with rocks and boulders. It will be covered with a corrugated metal pipe arch and then back-filled with native materials. It is one of those projects that is critical to operating that most people never really see.

It is kind of like taking care of your house. Some things you just have to do. They are expensive, don't directly provide much pleasure, but you need to replace them before they completely fail.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

So was there some big environmental impact study or was it grandfathered?

Mark Matis said...

As I said before, sounds like a perfect "tubing" run. And since it's enclosed and covered, you could call it "Tunnel of Love Tubing"!

I bet you have some customers who would even be willing to use it during the winter. And the stream temperature should be rather "refreshing" in summer after a hot hike around the hill...
}:-]

Anonymous said...

What function do the rocks and boulders perform?

Anonymous said...

A resort by me put in a new waterline for snowmaking a few years ago and put concrete storm drain (round pipes) not goods for the fishes to move through.

I like the way you guys are doing yours.

Are there fish at your point in the creek?

Thomas M. McDonnell said...

I was curious about the rock in the bottom of the concrete foundation as well. I'm assuming it's either there for potential aquatic habit and/or to provide some turbulence in the culvert to help prevent erosion at the end of the culvert?