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Investigations of Vegetation for Stabilizing Eroding Streambanks

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

Citation:  Transactions of the ASAE. 25 (6): 1601-1606. (doi: 10.13031/2013.33774) @1982
Authors:   A. J. Bowie

ABSTRACT THIS paper describes erosion control studies on chan-nels in northern Mississippi where combinations of vegetation, bank shaping, and structural materials are being tested. These studies were needed because the ex-clusive use of structural materials for streambank protec-tion is often prohibitively costly. Factors considered in designing the combined vegetation and structural bank protection are presented along with a detailed descrip-tion of the study sites. Although a complete evaluation will require several years, preliminary findings are that for channels subject to degradation, grade controls should be installed prior to or simultaneously with bank protection. With a few exceptions, the survival and growth of the grassy and woody species of vegetation has been good, even though the study period contained a summer drought and several large storm flows. Native species survived and grew better than introduced species.

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