Salvaging Streams

by Michelle Monde, P.E., Sr. Engr.; Michael Baker Jr., Inc., Richmond, VA,
Robert Siegfried, Asst. Envir. Mgr.; Michael Baker Jr., Inc., Richmond, VA,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1998, Vol. 68, Issue 7, Pg. 54-56

Document Type: Feature article


A public/private partnership between engineers and local agencies restored a suburban stream in Henrico County, Va., using bioengineering. Aided greatly by a volunteer workforce, the partnership stabilized an eroding stream using coconut fiber logs, evergreen tree revetments and a variety of plants and shrubs. The vegetative elements stabilize the stream naturally and slow down the accelerated erosion caused by local residential and commercial developments. The more than 200 m long stream has responded well to the initial efforts and the plants have survived through harsh storms, which should work to reverse the damage inflicted upon the stream.

Subject Headings: Rivers and streams | Ecological restoration | River bank stabilization | Public private partnership | Erosion | Volunteerism | Vegetation

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