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Streambank Stabilization

Riparian Corridor Streambank Management

Eroding streambanks are a common issue along urban rivers in southeast Michigan. Although some erosion is part of normal processes in a river system, accelerated bank erosion is occurring in urban rivers as result of land use change that causes increased river flow. Studies have shown that properly managed streambanks can help reduce erosion, provide habitat for fish and wildlife and are an important part of a river system's natural processes. Experts recommend using native vegetation and their extensive root mass to reduce the impact of erosive river flows. Streambank Management is a way to hold streambank soil in place. Wayne County, along with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, developed a set of guidelines for the management of streambanks. The following information details those guidelines.

Streambank Management Presentation

Streambank Management 101

Streambank Management 201