Stream Restoration

Many factors contribute to stream bank erosion and instability, including increased upstream development, poor agricultural practices, and destruction of the riparian buffer. Sometimes stream degradation gradually worsens over a period of many years, while other times a major storm event can severely damage a reach over a period of just a few hours or days. As a landowner, it can be stressful when stream bank erosion threatens a building you own, causes loss of land, or causes other headaches, such as undercutting a newly installed fence line. Even seemingly minor impacts can have a negative effect on stream habitat and biodiversity (including fish populations), nutrient and pathogen contamination, and future flood events. BFEC works with a wide variety of landowners and funding sources to complete stream restoration projects which address these types of problems. Stream restoration is work conducted to improve the environmental health of a river or stream in support of biodiversity, recreation, flood management, and/or landscape development. BFEC typically uses bank sloping and benching to restore floodplain connection, along with installation of rock and/or wood natural channel design structures to direct water flow and provide long term bank stabilization. A strip of vegetation is planted along the riparian buffer to slow runoff into the stream, increase habitat, and provide shading.
BFEC is happy to meet with you on site to conduct an initial assessment to discuss your concerns and evaluate existing conditions. The next step is to survey the reach and collect additional data, enabling BFEC to begin work on a project design. We are a turn-key operation and can provide all aspects of the project, from planning and design, to permitting and construction.

excavator on river bank