This past summer, the DEC and US Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS), through funding from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), started a habitat improvement project at the Salmon River Trestle Pool site in Oswego County, NY.
This effort is designed to remove a “pinch point” in the river created by the existing railroad bridge abutments and center pier. Under high-flow conditions, the river was slowed down above the trestle, causing an accumulation of bedload (sediment) in the river channel.
By removing these structures and constructing a floodplain on the south side of the river, the bedload will be properly transported by allowing high flow events to spill out into the floodplain.
Additional project features are planned for next year to get the river back closer to its natural state.
For more details about this project, visit this webpage.
Photos, from above: Salmon River Trestle Pool Project before rehabilitation, and during the project.