Streambank Stabilization Project on West Fork of the Chattooga River, Chattahoochee and Oconee National Forests
An excessively eroding, 165 ft. section of streambank on the West Fork of the Chattooga River within the Chattooga National Wild and Scenic River corridor was treated using bio-technical engineering techniques and volunteer hand labor. Stream bank erosion and sediment delivery have been significantly reduced. Pine log revetments were installed with stone and soil backfill combined with brush layering. Slopes were shaped using an excavator, and live plant stakes and grass seed were applied. Fertilizer and landscaping fabric were also used Native woody plants have been successfully re-established on the toe slope and near the top of the upper streambank. Attempts to establish vegetation in mid-slope positions have been less successful and additional re-vegetation measures are being considered. Forest Service and other federal, state and local agency personnel and community volunteers received practical training in applying bio-engineering technology to North Georgia conditions. The project site has been utilized to demonstrate the application of these techniques on several occasions. Project objectives to stabilize the streambank, demonstrate new technology and train people in its use were achieved.