Caring for Streambanks

Caring for Stream Banks

The vegetation growing along a stream bank is known as a riparian zone. Riparian zones play an integral role in protecting water quality and ecological integrity and diversity. They provide shade and food for aquatic habitat and trap and break down pesticides, fertilizers and other pollutants. Even partial removal can lead to severe erosion. Protection of stream side vegetation is critical to protecting our streams.

Keep Riparian Zones at Appropriate Size

The recommended size of a riparian zone depends on soil type; topography; vegetation type; precipitation; size of stream; and, land-use intensity.

Replant Disappearing Riparian Zones

• Select plants based on soil, slope, moisture and sunlight.
• Consider native plants first.
• Plant at appropriate time (typically dormant season).
• Protect newly planted trees and cuttings from – deer and beaver—spring and fall high water conditions.

Control Erosion

If disturbing more than one acre of land, make a storem water plan and otbain a StormWaterPermit (required) from ADEQ

Use Riprap as a Last Resort to Stabilize Streambanks

Contact the Corps of Engineers, Regulatory Office for advice and/or permit (501) 324-5295