Don’t Dump Debris
Why Dumping Debris is bad for our streams!
Keep it off the banks
Anything stored on streambanks will eventually smother and kill existing riparian vegetation, whether it is trash or green waste such as grass clippings, branch prunings, and leaf piles. Hopefully by now we have impressed upon you the importance of healthy vegetation in the riparian zone. Loss of riparian plants degrades wildlife habitat and accelerates bank erosion when there are no longer plant roots helping to stabilize the banks. Excess erosion, in turn, leads to property damage and potential property loss. It also impacts aquatic habitat.
When excess sediment flushes downstream it reduces the sunlight available to aquatic plants and smothers fish eggs.