Stream Corridor Management

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Trees and shrubs along streambanks provide shade to keep water cool and provide cover, food and spawning grounds for salmon, trout and other aquatic life. Wildlife such as deer also need trees and brush for cover and food. This protects streambanks from erosion and filters out sediments and pollutants before they reach the water.

You can improve wildlife habitat by protecting water quality everywhere on your property.

Streambank Stabilization

Leave natural vegetation buffers along streams and other watercourses, even ditches and runoff channels. With your conservation district representative, investigate the degree of slope, soil types and the quantity of and types of vegetation to see how wide a buffer is necessary for filtering runoff and preserving habitat. If the natural vegetation has been removed, your conservation district representative will help you select suitable plants for your area.

NOTE: Any work within the ordinary high water line requires a Hydraulic Project Approval (HPA) from the Department of Fish and Wildlife. Your regional office will help you with permits and project planning.

Stream Protection

Trampling by livestock erodes streambanks. Runoff carrying manure can contribute to the pollution of surface and groundwater. Proper care prevents this.


For information and help: Contact the state Department of Fish and Wildlife, the regional office of the Department of Natural Resources, or your local conservation district.

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