Mason County, Alabama
Broadview Mitigation Bank
16,000 feet of stream restoration
Over three miles of stream were restored using natural channel design techniques. The newly constructed streams have re-established floodplain connectivity, creating a stable system that can withstand anticipated storm events while experiencing minimal erosion.
Upstream agricultural land use utilizing row crops increased the amount and velocity of flow that the site received, worsening stream bank erosion and sediment loading.
The Broadview Mitigation Bank site was previously used for cattle operations. Prior land management activities included channelizing streams, using pesticides and herbicides, and allowing cattle grazing in and around the streams. These activities resulted in impaired stream channels with eroding banks, as well as impaired water quality from livestock waste, sediment loading, and polluted surface runoff.
In addition to the stream restoration, GMC performed exotic species control to enhance the on-site wetlands and riparian buffers. The buffers were planted with native bottomland hardwood trees. These mitigation actions have minimized erosion and sediment loading, enhanced on-site and downstream water quality, and restored the natural ecological functions of the wetland and stream systems. Additionally, all cattle and agriculture operations within the bank boundary were discontinued.