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Geomorphic Aspects of Riparian Area Revegetation and Environmentally Sensitive Streambank Stabilization

Riparian vegetation and channel morphology are closely coupled in small- to moderate-sized streams. Knowledge of plant/channel interactions should therefore help guide revegetation efforts along streams, even where channels and catchments have been substantially altered by land use activities. Bank stabilization is an important impetus for riparian area replanting and the overall level of energy associated with stream type will influence these efforts, as will the innate strength of bank materials. Other important factors affecting planting include the variable distribution of energy within the channel and the different planting conditions associated with bank morphology. It is especially important to create lower angle, stable planting surfaces along deeply entrenched streams if meaningful bank stabilization is to be achieved. And while soil bioengineering has wide application to man-modified channels, there are many situations where bioengineering systems are ineffective at providing streambank stabilization.


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Author(s): Todd Moses

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