If you own or manage a property with a stream, you have a unique opportunity to conserve natural resources and influence a watershed! 

The riparian zone is the land along a river, stream, pond or other body of water. Landowners with riparian areas often contend with problems like bank erosion and/or invasion of weeds. Fixing these problems helps improve water quality and habitat for native fish and wildlife. Even small streams and ditches that seasonally contain water need healthy riparian zones. Water from these drainages eventually flow into smaller streams before entering the Yamhill and ultimately the Willamette River.

Benefits of Healthy Riparian Areas
  • Vegetated banks protect water quality by filtering sediment and pollutants from runoff.
  • Shade from trees and shrubs along the stream helps keep water cool.
  • Streams with trees, shrubs, and herbaceous plants are better protected from erosion.
  • Native plants along waterways provide important habitat for fish and wildlife.
  • Property values are protected by the natural beauty created by a healthy riparian area.

Six Year-Old Riparian Planting

The District can help you achieve a healthy riparian area and stream.

Take a walk along your stream. Is the water shaded? Are the banks bare?

Can you see the stream or is the bank taken over by blackberry and other weeds?

We can help you make a plan to remove problem plants, p lant native trees and shrubs, and develop maintenance plans for long term success.

We can also help you get funds to achieve these goals!

Streambank Erosion

Getting Started

To get started on your stream bank, the first step is to schedule a site visit. All site visits and technical assistance are free of charge.

Questions you might be asked before a site visit:

  • How large is your property?
  • What stream crosses or borders your property?
  • Do you farm, have livestock, etc?
  • What problems are you experiencing in your streamside area?

During your site visit, we will walk the stream side area and talk about your goals and objectives for your land. Then we can discuss how the District can help you achieve those goals.

We can do as little as offer tips and information to use in your land management, or we can develop a conservation plan specific to your property and assist you in finding funding to implement your plan.

Visit these resources to learn more about riparian restoration: