Montana Audubon

Montana Audubon works at the local, state and national policy levels to protect our natural heritage.

Bank Stabilization

Bank Stabilization Guide Available: Is it a Barb or a Weir?

graphic_bankOne of the key ways people impact floodplains in Montana is through bank stabilization projects. Weirs, riprap, barbs and other structures prevent our rivers and streams from doing what they were designed to do: meander. In order to help people understand the impacts of these structures on our streams and rivers, Montana Audubon recently released a guide to the bank stabilization structures commonly used in the state.

“Many citizens have requested a description of the structures being built along Montana’s streams and how they impact river functions,” said Janet Ellis, Montana Audubon’s Conservation Policy Director. “In the Audubon tradition we created a field guide—but this one is to bank stabilization structures.”

This eight-page guide, Learning to Go with the Flow: Streams and Bank Stabilization introduces people to the effects of bank stabilization structures on stream dynamics. From the text and illustrations, readers will be able to understand the reasons landowners use bank stabilization, what the structures look like, what they are made from, and how they impact rivers and floodplains. There is much public attention currently focused on how government agencies are affecting floodplains by allowing more and more structures to armor our riverbanks.

Bank_Stabilization_pub_cover-1Montana Audubon became interested in bank stabilization issues because of our concerns for wildlife and wildlife habitat. The habitat located along our streams and rivers is the richest wildlife habitat in the state. It also plays a critical role in flood protection, controlling water pollution, and protecting water quality.

This guide has gotten good reviews. Several Conservation Districts have requested copies to hand out to the public. It will also be required reading for a class at the University of Montana this fall.

Download a copy of Learning to Go with the Flow: Streams and Bank Stabilization here. If you would like to obtain a copy by mail, order your FREE copy by sending your name, address, and the requested item to Janet Ellis.

Montana Audubon depends on your financial support

News

Montana Audubon Announces New Director

HELENA, MT (July 19, 2017) – Montana Audubon announces the appointment of Larry Berrin as…

Speak Up To Support EPA Funding

Montanans, you have a VOICE! Slashing EPA’s budget would be devastating. Let’s tell Washington and…

View All Articles

Join Our Online Network

By joining our online network, you will receive timely conservation updates, action alerts, legislative news, our monthly eNews, information about upcoming events and more.

Make an Online Donation & Support Our Efforts

Montana Audubon depends on your financial support to continue our ambitious conservation work around the state.

Take Action

Take action on timely conservation issues Montana Audubon is engaged with. Your help will protect Montana’s birds and other wildlife into the future.

  • Montana Audubon
    P.O. Box 595
    Helena, MT 59624

    [email protected]

  • Phone: (406) 443-3949
  • Fax: (406) 443-7144

Join Our Online Network

Get updated on the latest Audubon programs and initiatives

Montana Audubon - © Copyright 2017 All Rights Reserved