Stream Repair Clinic

On the third day of February, Friends of Bolin Creek partnered with the NC Dept of Agriculture and Engineering, to make efforts to repair a reach of Bolin Creek. Class participants learned about the difference between stream repair and stream restoration.  Anyone can do repair work to a stream by adding plant materials to hold stream banks.

The class focused on leaning how to use live stakes of various kinds of trees measuring about two feet in length and preparing them to insert in an eroding stream bank to root and to form a shrub tree.  Here are some of the tree species there are to choose from:

Cephalanthus occidentalis Button bush
Cornus amomum Silky dogwood
Physocarpus opulifolius Ninebark
Salix nigra Black willow
Salix sericea Silky willow
Sambucus canadensis Elderberry
Symphoricarpos orbiculatus Coralberry

The NCSU – Extension online stream repair guide is here.

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