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Flynn Streambank Stabilization

This was a 500 foot long and 15 foot high shear face bank that was comprised of very sandy soils. As a result of years of erosion, thousands of tons of sediment were entering the stream. It was the goal of the Conservation District to stop this high amount of non point source pollution from entering Driftwood. The project goal was to stop sediment from entering Driftwood Branch while providing fish habitat for this great fishery using natural stream channel design techniques with logs.

12 upstream multilog deflectors were used to deter water energy away from the bank and more toward the center of the stream. The bank was sloped to a 2:1 angle for a more stable bank angle and trenches were strategically placed roughly 50 feet apart for the placement of the deflectors. Deflectors were installed and shingled with stone. All disturbed earth was then seeded and mulched with oats for a quick shot of grass, a contractor's mix, and a conservation seed mix comprised of several grasses and shrubs. Afterwards 200 trees and 500 willows stakes were planted with the Bucktail Watershed Association for added stabilization and shade to the stream. This project was funded through Growing Greener 2 County Environmental Initiative.

If you know of a stream reach within the Driftwood Branch of the Sinnemahoning Creek or First Fork of the Sinnemahoning Creek Watersheds that is in need of similar restoration work, contact the Bucktail Watershed Association at bucktailwatershed@yahoo.com.


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An eroding bank...


Log deflectors...


Under water - normal flow...


Under water - high flow...


Planting trees...

 

 

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