LOVELAND, Colo. (AP) – Work has begun in northern Colorado on a $4 million project to improve the habitat in and around the Big Thompson River and make the waterway itself more resilient to flooding.

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The project is being done on a stretch of river in west Loveland where floods in 2013 caused damage.

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The Loveland Reporter-Herald reports that the project is designed to be fish and wildlife friendly as well as conducive to the natural tendencies of the river. The project includes a channel design that should result in less overall destruction from floods.

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Project designer Rachel Williams says the changes give the river more room to spread out instead of keeping it pinched up in a smaller channel.

Construction is expected to wrap up by summer.

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