Streambank Restoration: A Return to Nature Remedies Erosion

Streambank Restoration: A Return to Nature Remedies Erosion

July 10, 2018

Many cities have engaged in restoration projects to revitalize rivers flowing through urban areas, enhancing the environment for both wildlife and people while still providing necessary flood control.

In this MooreWISE brief, Lauren Haworth discusses the benefits of applying natural, erosion-correcting techniques which helps reverse prior damage, enhance the environment, and better manage stormwater preventing costly and dangerous flooding.

"Streambank restoration seeks to undo this damage by returning waterways to their more natural state. It can be as simple as removing a concrete weir or as complex as designing a new wetland. The goals are often to protect property and infrastructure by slowing stream velocities, improving water quality, providing habitat for fish and other wildlife, and reducing erosion and downstream sedimentation."

Read Moore.