Heavy Equipment Use for Instream Construction

Use of heavy equipment shall be avoided, where possible, in a channel bottom with rocky or cobbled substrate. If access to the work site requires crossing a rocky or cobbled substrate, a rubber tire loader/backhoe shall be the preferred vehicle. Only after this option has been determined infeasible will the use of tracked vehicles be considered. The amount of time this equipment is stationed, working, or traveling within the creek bed shall be minimized. When heavy equipment is used, woody debris and vegetation on stream banks and in the channel shall not be disturbed if outside of the project’s work area