Ward Branch Channel Preservation, Restoration, & Enhancement - 319 Project

Project investigators

  • Dr. Robert T. Pavlowsky
  • Marc Owen

Project scope

The Ward Branch watershed (11 square miles), a tributary of the James River, has experienced rapid urban development over the past 20 years. As a result, stream channel erosion threatens homes, utilities, and bridges, and poses an unsightly and costly maintenance problem. Sediment eroded from stream channels contributes to pollution problems in both the James River and Table Rock Lake located downstream.

Current 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 will be the first in this area that brings together a local interdisciplinary team of experts to develop and design appropriate bioengineering techniques to stabilize an urban stream in the Ozarks region.

Project goals

  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 partners

Project documents

View Project Reports, Maps, Related Pamphlets and SOPs

View an Article from Stormwater Magazine

Project funding

“U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region VII, through the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, has provided partial funding for this project under Section 319 of the Clean Water Act.”

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Missouri Department of Natural Resources