A Beach Along the Snake River With an Engineering Lens

Continuing my goal of avoiding the crowded areas of the beaches along the California coastline, I decided for my final beach blog to post about another beach I visited near Yellowstone. This was another spot in which I fished. The river adjacent to my friends house in Jackson Wyoming is the Snake River this is one of the largest rivers in the Pacific Northwest being over one thousand miles. Standing along this river the beach present appeared to be in a constant state of flux. As the rocks moved throughout the river the way the water was shaped changed and caused additional rocks to move. This kind of erosion present in this river is similar to what we have talked about in class. The transportation of the smaller sediment to the slower parts of the river is also the same process that is present at ocean beaches.

The Grand Tetons and the Lake North of Where I Went Fishing

Being the goal of my visit was to catch fish, the same type of thinking present in my last visit also became relevant at this beach. Spreading out along the bank of the river where there were large rocks indicated that the river was deeper in that part. The deeper river indicated that the fish were more likely to be along the rocks at the bottom. This part of the river was along a constructed portion of riprap. There was the riprap and an asphalt road along It was made much higher than the current level of the river indicating that the engineers placed an importance of partially channelizing the river. The channel on that side of the river would have kept the floodwaters away from the development on that side of the river. While leaving the river there was a crew along the road removing plants along the sides of the road. This maintenance was being done to ensure that the road could stay there so that the river improvements and bank of riprap could be maintained. This to me seemed to be an example of one set of environmental disturbances, the channelization of the steam, leading to further environmental disturbances, the clear-cutting of an access road along the steam. I think that both of these processes are necessary but it is interesting to think deeper about what a compounding impact our lifestyle decisions have on the environment.

4 thoughts on “A Beach Along the Snake River With an Engineering Lens

  1. lydia.rios685@myci.csuci.edu says:

    I liked how you tied in the material we’ve learned in class. It’s amazing that you can witness the same processes that go on on beaches also occur at rivers. Excellent analysis of the negative impact human activities have on this river and on the environment. I agree, there are too many environmental disturbances. Since I have never been to Wyoming, I can admire Snake River from the image you provided. Thank you, Grant.

  2. riley.evans740@myci.csuci.edu says:

    I have always wanted check the snake river and wyoming. I do not have much experience around rivers but always do enjoy spending time in and around them when camping or fly fishing. It was nice to hear about something other than another California Beach.

  3. Clay Levy says:

    Nice post Grant, I really like the process you laid out of how the dynamics of the lake and river appeared that day. It makes me miss the mountains and going fishing. I do agree that there is some impact of all this development along the river but at first glance it is hard to tell.

  4. kaya.marable934@myci.csuci.edu says:

    Grant, I so applaud you for taking on such a lens! I feel like its taken on rarely and it was such a lesson. I felt I could visualize and understand scientifically your experience. Your blog post is well written and informational. I am wildly impressed. I would also love to visit Wyoming, which i now have a have a bit of new found understanding of. Thank you. Bravo!

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