Stream Restoration Prevents Soil Erosion

by Stephanie D on August 26, 2010

Stream Restoration Prevents Erosion

The information below was taken from a recent post titled "The Stream Banks Are Being Eroded because of Improper Stabilization!" The article puts into elementary terms exactly what it is being proposed by Alabama SWaMP Land on its stream mitigation projects. 

Stream restoration is the re-establishment of the general structure, function and self-sustaining behavior of the stream system that existed prior to disturbance. Restoration includes the removal of the watershed disturbances that cause instability of the stream. The next phase includes the installation of structures and planting of vegetation to protect stream banks and provide habitat. The ultimate goal of restoration is reshaping or replacement of unstable streams into appropriately functional streams that have sufficient water movement to prevent sedimentation of the stream bed and to prevent soil erosion.

Proper stabilization techniques can prevent stream bank erosion and addition of dirt to rivers. Sometimes plants and trees are disturbed or moved during construction. When this happens, the soil that was underneath can be easily washed into nearby lakes and streams by rain or wind. Soil from eroding land that washed into steams makes the water look muddy and can smother aquatic life, clog fish gills, and cut off light that underwater plants need to grow. Help your community plant trees or leave native grasses and shrubs along a stream bank to reduce erosion. Plants prevent erosion by keeping soil where it belongs – on the land, and out of the water!.

Alabama SWaMP Land has stream mitigation credits available for stream restoration to maintain stable banks and create natural aquatic habitat.

Call J. Keith Maxwell at (334) 513-7333 for more information.

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