Volunteer Vegetative Streambank Stabilization at Willoughby Eastlake School of Innovation

Volunteer Vegetative Streambank Stabilization at Willoughby Eastlake School of Innovation

When: April 08 from 9:00am - 12:00pm
Where: Willoughby-Eastlake School of Innovation, 32500 Chardon Rd Willoughby Hills, Oh 44094 map this

Volunteers will assist in the installation of live stakes along newly stabilized streambanks behind Willoughby-Eastlake School of Innovation. The project will result in a streambank stabilization demonstration site in the Euclid Creek Watershed.

Pre-registration is encouraged, but not required. Registration can be completed online (see below) or by contacting Euclid Creek Watershed Program Manager Elizabeth Hiser at ehiser@cuyahogaswcd.org or 216-524-6580 x1002.

Volunteers must bring ID and sign-in at schools front desk.

Dress for weather and working in wet areas. Rain date for this event is April 9th at 9 AM.

In order to address streambank erosion, landowners typically utilize "hard engineering" solutions such as concrete walls, rip-rap or gabion baskets. While these approaches usually succeed to halt streambank erosion at the site, they tend to deflect the stream's energy downstream, essentially moving the erosion problem to another location. They also create poor habitat conditions for aquatic life, including fish, amphibians and aquatic insects.

In contrast, bio-engineering techniques utilize natural woody vegetation to stabilize eroding streambanks. The roots anchor the soil in place as they develop, and the stems and leaves protect the streambank soil from the energy of flowing water, while actively reducing the near-bank stream velocity and enhancing in-stream and streamside habitat.

The demonstration site established through this project will include installations of live stakes.

Live stakes are dormant, live woody cuttings of a species with the branches trimmed off. Live staking performs an important function in creating a root mat that stabilizes the soil by reinforcing and binding soil particles together. Stake establishment also provides habitat for wildlife.

Native woody shrub and tree species are utilized in these techniques, including various willows, red-osier and silky dogwoods, sycamore, button bush and elderberry.

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