Boardman River Eroding Bank Work Project

From a Successful Banquet Auction to a Successful Stream Project

Several individuals stepped up at the Adams Chapter TU banquet this past spring to pledge financial support to restore a severely eroding bank along a remote section of the Boardman River downstream from the Fork’s State Campground. This was the first time we tried an auction to get support for a stream project with nothing in return but the satisfaction of knowing that their donation was going to a specific project that would really make a difference on one of our streams.

This site is known in the Boardman River Watershed Report as S456.  The Report lists this site as Moderate trending toward Severe.  Earlier attempts to stabilize this bank using trees and brushes slowed the progression but the anchoring method failed and the wood eventually washed away leaving the bank raw and vulnerable. The site is especially challenging due to its remote location.  Restoration materials including habitat structures, coir (coconut fiber) logs, and tools will have to be floated into the site.

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On September 23rd, a group of nine Adams Chapter Members, Directors and other volunteers paddled from The Forks campground into the eroding streambank site a mile or so downstream.  The site had been a source of sediment entering the river for years but its relatively remote location made it difficult one to repair.  The process entailed removing loose chunks of sod and debris in preparation for the installation of Bio Logs at the water line.  Bio Logs are basically eight foot long mesh tubes filled with coconut husks.  They were staked into the bank then back filled with sod and soil and other material to create a much more durable bank that is much less prone to erosion.  Once the site was graded to a more gradual slope, it was seeded and covered with straw so new vegetation can grow.

The project only took a couple of hours to finish thanks to the number of volunteers that came out to help. Others waited for us down stream at out take out site with a bar-b-que meal and drinks all ready for the hungry and thirsty volunteers.

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