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Streambank Soil Bioengineering for Semi-Arid Climates

Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan www.asabe.org

Citation:  Paper number  032030,  2003 ASAE Annual Meeting . (doi: 10.13031/2013.13755) @2003
Authors:   J. Chris Hoag, Jon Fripp
Keywords:   Streambank, Soil Bioengineering, Climate, Stream Restoration, Rehabilitation, Stabilization, Plant Materials

As a result of increased public appreciation of the environment, many federal, state and local governments as well as grass roots organizations are actively engaged in implementing soil bioengineering treatments to stabilize streambanks. However, there are regional considerations, which must be taken into account for the successful application of these techniques. Areas that can be particularly problematic are semi arid areas, which may require significantly more attention to detail than the wetter areas of the country when trying to reestablish riparian plant communities. This paper focuses on many of the popular streambank soil bioengineering treatments that are used in drier areas of the American West. It will include a general discussion on riparian zones, plant materials selection criteria, and streambank soil bioengineering treatments including installation guidelines and materials requirements.

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