(2008) Ward Branch Watershed - 319 Project


The Ward Branch sub-watershed, a tributary of the James River, experienced rapid urban development over the previous 20 years. As a result, stream channel erosion threatened homes, utilities, and bridges, and posed an unsightly and costly maintenance problem. Sediment eroded from stream channels contributed to pollution problems in both the James River and Table Rock Lake located downstream.

Stream restoration protocol emphasizes the use of bioengineering techniques addressing fluvial geomorphic processes as a sound management tool for stabilizing urban streams. However, these techniques must be adapted to local conditions, and local consultants and contractors must understand when and where to install these practices. This project was the first in this area that brought together a local interdisciplinary team of experts to develop and design appropriate bioengineering techniques to stabilize an urban stream in the Ozarks region.


  1. Develop, install, and monitor alternative stream stabilization techniques for urbanizing Ozarks stream,
  2. Evaluate stream stabilization techniques based on cost, availability of materials, and effectiveness, and
  3. Educate area residents, developers, contractors, and community leaders on the importance of stream channel erosion in the transport of nutrients linked to water quality in the James River Basin



Project Funding

Missouri Department of Natural Resources

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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region VII - Section 319