The subject presentation will provide an overview of the use of stream bank soil bio-engineering practice used as part of NRCS conservation work. Both plant based and structural based practices will be discussed.
For more than 80 years, NRCS and its predecessor agencies have worked in close partnerships with farmers and ranchers, local and state governments, and other federal agencies to maintain healthy and productive working landscapes. It is NRCS policy to provide ecosystem-based assistance to all our customers to help them improve ecosystem health, restore damaged ecosystems, and sustain natural resources. NRCS has been involved in stream bank stabilization and restoration since the beginning of the agency. Stabilization and restoration techniques have ranged from hard protection to stream bank soil bio-engineering. Stream bank soil bio-engineering is defined as the use of live and dead plant materials in combination with natural and synthetic support materials for slope stabilization, erosion reduction, and vegetative establishment.