BEND, OR -- A popular Deschutes River access point has been refurbished to combat erosion and improve the riparian area. Bend Parks and Recreation District Natural Resources Manager Jeff Amaral says frequent use by paddle boarders and kayakers was undermining the shore material at Riverbend Park, "With such high use, there was some erosion along the river. Now, the more stable surface there will prevent sand and other fine material from entering the river during heavy times of use."
He tells KBND News, "Along the river, we placed 4" rock, and then capped that with 2". and then farther up, towards the park, we used a finer material, slightly larger than sand, almost like a pea gravel, to stabilize the river put-in. And, this larger material than the sand that used to be there, is going to be more effective at staying put on the beach during heavy use." And, he says, the rock will improve fish habitat. Amaral adds, "We evened the grade on the beach down to the river to prevent migration of material down to the river, so it's going to help stabilize that beach. It'll be a bit of a change from the sand that used to be there, so we encourage proper footwear when floating the river."
The project cost roughly $7,000. Bend Parks and Rec will continue to improve areas along the river to keep its banks healthy.