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Streambank Repair

Streambank Repair for Homeowners

Is a stream on your property eroding into itself, especially after large rain events? Maybe the stream is getting wider and its banks steeper? Have you noticed you are losing land due to the erosion? If this sounds familiar, your stream bank may be in need of repair!

The Cumberland River Compact offers free streambank repair consultations to assess the health of waterways on your land.  Once an assessment has been made, we can help to access resources to repair waterways, restore habitat, and control erosion.

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Generally, streambank repair follows these four steps:

  • Gently regrade the banks.
  • Seed native grasses and wildflowers
  • Lay down a protective covering to shield seeds and seedlings
  • Plant trees or install live stakes – cuttings from native tree species that will root out and anchor yoursoil.

What Are the Benefits?

Stream bank erosion can cause problems for you, your neighbors, and people downstream. When a stream bank erodes, you lose land. The land washes downstream as sediment.

Repairing your stream has myriad benefits:

  • Flowering plants and pollinator habitats add aesthetic value to your property.
  • Root systems reduce erosion and mitigate pollution runoff including sediment, fertilizer, pesticides, and petroleum products.
  • A riparian buffer costs less to maintain than turf. No mowing, watering, or fertilizing is required.
  • Riparian buffers (the plants around your stream) cool stormwater runoff before it enters waterways, benefitting aquatic species. Riparian buffers also provide shade to the stream, regulating in-stream temperatures.
  • Riparian buffers provide habitat for many types of beloved wildlife, including butterflies, hummingbirds, frogs, and dragonflies.

Streambank Repair Interest Form

Complete the form below if you own a small stream experiencing bank erosion and would like to receive more information.

Please include an address and/or GPS coordinates.