Badly eroded streambank
"What would the Stream Doctor do?"
The N.C. Cooperative Extension Service recommends homeowners hire a professional landscaper trained in natural channel design to repair eroding backyard streams.
View the list of qualified WNC Stream Drs.
Eroding streambank

Stream Restoration and Repair

< -- Does a stream in your backyard or neighborhood look like this?

Streambank erosion is a problem that's rapidly growing in Western North Carolina as population grows in our beautiful mountains. Roads, parking lots, roofs and other impervious (non-absorbing) surfaces shed stormwater into nearby streams, and the rushing water carves soil away from vulnerable streambanks.

If it's not correctly treated, streambank erosion can take away much of your yard, and even threaten the stability of your house. Stop-gap solutions such as lining the bank with concrete or plastic aren't just ugly -- they cause even more damage to the stream. 

Stream Restoration ProgramEnvironmental researchers at N.C. State University have developed sustainable, locally adapted stream-repair solutions that use natural channel design to stop erosion and return streambanks to a healthy, attractive state.

"Stream Dr." Steve Ambrose is a graduate of NCSU's stream-restoration training course and is one of a handful of professional landscapers who have achieved certification as a North Carolina Stream Doctor. Only a listed N.C. Stream Dr. should be hired to repair your eroding stream.

Cost-share assistance is available to homeowners who hire a Stream Dr., through the state's Community Conservation Assistance Program (CCAP).

Youngblood stream restoration<==See how Ambrose Landscapes turned the stream at left
into the stream at right.
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"While we do not recommend any particular business," notes the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service,
"if you are hiring a professional, we encourage you to interview prospective serviceproviders carefully to learn about their background and experience in doing the kind of work you have in mind, and to check references. If you need assistance with stream work, be sure to specify that you want a professional who will utilize natural channel design to the greatest extent possible."

"Healthy Streams, Quality of Life"
Explore NCSU's Mud Creek Restoration Project, a demonstration stream-repair project in an important Henderson County watershed in which Steve participated.

Find out more about stream restoration and natural channel design.