Reach Map and Description

The Kootenai River Habitat Restoration Project area consists of the 55-mile reach of the Kootenai River that extends from the confluence of the Moyie and Kootenai rivers downstream to the international border. It is divided into three major river reaches based on their unique geomorphic properties: the Braided Reaches, the Straight Reach and the Meander Reaches. The Braided and Meander reaches are each further divided into two subreaches.

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Reach Map and Description

The Kootenai River Habitat Restoration Project area consists of the 55-mile reach of the Kootenai River that extends from the confluence of the Moyie and Kootenai rivers downstream to the international border. It is divided into three major river reaches based on their unique geomorphic properties: the Braided Reaches, the Straight Reach and the Meander Reaches. The Braided and Meander reaches are each further divided into two subreaches.

Braided Reaches

There are two Braided Reaches. Braided Reach 1 extends nearly 4 river miles (RM 160.9 to RM 156.2) from the Moyie River confluence downstream to the upstream extent of the backwater influence from Kootenay Lake. Braided Reach 2 extends approximately 2.2 river miles (RM 156.2 to RM 152.7) from the upstream extent of the backwater, downstream to the U.S. Highway 95 Bridge.

Straight Reach

The Straight Reach extends 1.1 river miles (RM 152.7 to RM 151.7) from the U.S. Highway 95 Bridge, downstream to Ambush Rock.

Meander Reaches

The combined Meander Reaches extend from the downstream end of Ambush Rock to Kootenay Lake. Meander Reach 1 begins at Ambush Rock and extends 9.7 river miles (RM 151.7 to RM 141.8) downstream to slightly below Shorty’s Island. Meander Reach 2 spans 35.5 miles (RM 141.8 to RM 105.9) from the end of Meander Reach 1 to the international border.

These three reach sections are shown below:

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AN INTEGRATED, COLLABORATIVE APPROACH


The Integrated Program is grounded in a core set of guiding principles:

  • Science-based–  Science-based decision making and management;
  • default_title–  Respect for and integration of Tribal cultural values and local social and economic values;
  • default_title–  Collaborative implementation in cooperation with co-managers and stakeholders including transboundary coordination;
  • default_title–  Incorporation of multi-disciplinary input and review;
  • default_title–  Understanding that when dealing with dynamic ecosystems, uncertainty is inevitable, therefore learning through structured adaptive management processes is critical.
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