Natural bank stabilisation

Hydro Morphology
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The complete description of the NWRM: 

Riverbank represents both natural and artificial terrain following the river flow. In the past, lots of artificial banks were built with concrete or other types of retention walls, therefore limiting rivers’ natural movements, leading to degradation of the river, increased water flow, increased erosion and decreased biodiversity. River bank renaturalisation consists in recovering its ecological components, thus reversing such damages and especially allowing bank to be stabilized, as well as rivers to move more freely. Nature-based solutions such as bioengineering are preferable, but civil engineering has to be used in case of strong hydrological constraints.


Bank stabilisation with stones (USA)


Bank stabilisation with wood weaving (France)


Possible benefits with level: 
Benefits Levelsort descending
BP10 - Reduce erosion and/or sediment delivery High
BP12 - Create aquatic habitat High
BP13 - Create riparian habitat High
ES2 - Fish stocks and recruiting High
ES3 - Natural biomass production High
ES4 - Biodiversity preservation High
ES8 - Erosion/sediment control High
ES9 - Filtration of pollutants High
ES10 - Recreational opportunities High
ES11 - Aesthetic/cultural value High
PO1 - Improving status of biology quality elements High
PO3 - Improving status of hydromorphology quality elements High
PO7 - Prevent surface water status deterioration High
PO10 - Protection of important habitats High
PO11 - Better protection for ecosystems and more use of Green Infrastructure High
PO12 - More sustainable agriculture and forestry High
PO13 - Better management of fish stocks High
PO14 - Prevention of biodiversity loss High
BP11 - Improve soils High
BP3 - Store river water Low
BP14 - Create terrestrial habitats Low
ES1 - Water storage Low
PO6 - Improving chemical status Low
PO8 - Prevent groundwater status deterioration Low
BP1 - Store runoff Low
BP2 - Slow runoff Low
BP6 - Increase infiltration and/or groundwater recharge Low
BP8 - Reduce pollutant sources Low
BP16 - Reduce peak temperature Low
BP17 - Absorb and/or retain CO2 Low
ES5 - Climate change adaptation and mitigation Low
ES6 - Groundwater/aquifer recharge Low
PO5 - Improving quantitative status Low
BP4 - Slow river water Medium
BP9 - Intercept pollution pathways Medium
ES7 - Flood risk reduction Medium
PO2 - Improving status of physico-chemical quality elements Medium
PO4 - Improving chemical status and priority substances Medium
PO9 - Take adequate and co-ordinated measures to reduce flood risks Medium
BP5 - Increase evapotranspiration Medium
BP7 - Increase soil water retention Medium
Last updated: 09 Jun 2015 | Top