Greetings from the Creek Bottom!
While hiking in a beloved park I came upon this incredible scene. This creek is learning to deal with thousands of tons of erosive material that washed out of an enormous upstream gully. Trees on the bank of the creek fell into the water creating a large brush pile. This turned into an effective filter. This “check dam” provides a whole number of ecological functions to help keep the creek and aquatic life healthy and happy.
We can mimic these natural restoration patterns on our own projects. So simple, so effective– nature provides the design solutions– we can implement them!
Be a Beaver,
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wow ! awesome information. i build check-dams when doing erosion control… I use woodbrush, stones, or vetiver grass permeable hedges… most times i combine the three especially if the scouring is deep… showing high velocity of runoff. It is a good lesson. Thank you Erik.
We are also trying to mimic nature by planting banyan trees across river flow to create check dams to increase the water table. Your video is very inspiring. Please do share about any natural check dams with trees – Responsible Citizens iyakkam, India