Watershed Planning and Restoration
Watershed Planning and Restoration2001 South State Street N3-120PO Box 144575Salt Lake City, UT 84114-4575Phone: 385-468-6600Fax: 385-468-6603
In this section, we discuss the many ways you can help improve natural stream functions, streambank stability, and native plant diversity in your own backyard. You and your neighbors can play a key role in preventing and reducing harm to the stream ecosystem, even if the overall health of the stream is tied to activities far beyond your property.
Several of the stream care practices discussed here are specific to streamside landscapes, but most are relevant to every landscape. We can all help prevent flood damage, protect wildlife habitat, and minimize pollution. If you are a streamside resident, some, if not all, of your property falls within the riparian zone. Consequently, your landscape and homesite planning choices have significant and more immediate effects on stream health and water quality. The goal is to balance the needs of your landscape with the needs of the larger ecosystem. A little stream care goes a long way.