Backyard Stream Repair Workshop a Success

Over 50 people attended the Backyard Stream Repair Workshop held on Bolin Creek this January.  NC State Cooperative Extension partnered with Friends of Bolin Creek to hold a workshop teaching practical, cost-effective solutions to stream erosion issues. Using native plants and natural materials to stabilize streambanks, these techniques promote a healthy streamside environment while avoiding expensive earthmoving and permitting.

The workshop was held on a cool but beautiful day at an idyllic property featuring a long meander along Bolin Creek. Facing increased storm flows from new upstream development, including a large adjacent development, the moderately incised, low lying banks are bordered by landscaped floodplain on one side. Across the stream, participants viewed the progress on the new town installed multi-use paved greenway cutting down the steep, wooded bank. NC State Extension engineer Mitch Woodward instructed the group on selection and installation of live stakes and coir fiber logs.  Homeowner Kent Davis walked the property with participants and discussed the stormwater issues his property is facing as well as his beautiful selection of trees and other plantings. Participants planted live stakes of elderberry, ninebark and silky dogwood.

Thanks to the outstanding Carrboro High School students who helped us out!

Participants received list of resources for backyard stream repair which you can access here.  Here is a photo journal of the workshop. Click on picture to enlarge.