South Branch Tunkhannock Creek Restoration Project
F. X. Browne, Inc. designed a stream restoration, riparian reforestation, and cattle exclusion program for 900 linear feet of the South Branch Tunkhannock Creek in Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania. The streambanks of the creek were failing because of the lack of riparian vegetation and the trampling of the banks by cattle. Both the upstream and downstream reaches were heavily forested and did not display similar symptoms of degradation.
Thus, it was concluded that the problem was a result of local effects of the adjacent pasture management. Flow modeling showed that stream velocities and shear stresses were in the range to support bioengineering stabilization techniques. F. X. Browne, Inc. designed a willow post / live fascine stabilization system to correct the most severe erosion problems and planned a riparian restoration and cattle fencing installation to correct the underlying problem at the site.
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