In-stream Structure and Riparian Planting
Want to increase the amount of water you have in the summer, increase native stream side vegetation, reduce fire risk, and improve fish populations, all for a low cost? Beaver dam analogs (BDAs) and similar in-stream structures are low-cost, effective methods to slow water, increase water storage in the winter, and improve stream flow in the summer. In-stream structures raise the water table by slowing water and allowing more percolation. This raised water table allows you to grow more riparian trees and shrubs for erosion control, stream shading, and wildlife use. This doesn't involve adding beaver to the streams. They simply act in similar ways to beaver dams did in the past. Our streams, ecosystems, and wildlife evolved with beaver dams and we need to bring these structures to improve the in-stream and floodplain ecosystems for landowners, livestock, and wildlife.