Stream bank erosion is a natural process but it can be significantly altered by human development. If the changes are significant enough, the erosion can negatively impact natural resources, water quality, ecosystems, and cause property loss. Stabilization preserves the stream environment in a natural state and can preserve habitat and improve water quality downstream.
Most solutions imitate nature and can preserve the natural state of the stream for generations by building a strong natural system of deep rooted vegetation that will protect the topsoil from heavy wind and rain.
The process can be quite expensive and the costs fall on those see the erosion on their property. The development patterns that create the problem are not addressed and those causing the problem bear no cost.
Example 1: New York
Description: A full page on shoreline stabilization techniques and the justification for carrying them out.
Example 2: Wisconsin
Description: A website devoted to stream bank erosion control in Wisconsin. A resource for permits and explanation of federal and state laws related to stabilization.
Example 3: Indiana
Description: Indiana State DNR website with example project for bank stabilization and other projects to guide a pursuit of a new project within the state.