Stream Restoration & Bank Stabilization
Streams are dynamic ecosystems that demand respect for the hydrological forces contained within their banks.
Increased runoff and sediment loads caused by encroaching development and channelization of natural stream channels has resulted in the erosion and degradation of countless streams and rivers across the midwest.
Popular stream stabilization materials, such as riprap, concrete, and gabion baskets do not provide wildlife habitat and only serve to conduct erosion and flooding downstream.
Heartland Restoration Services applies stream ecology, erosion control techniques, and native vegetation to restore degraded streams to stable, productive ecosystems. These bioengineered systems actually become stronger with time.
Restored streams can provide:
- Wildlife habitat
- Natural storm water filtration
- Improved water quality
- Enhanced aesthetic quality