Streambank stabilization by using a bioengineering technique along stream bend segment B-2, Bound Brook, NJ

Juan Carlos Escajadillo

Thursday 2 july 2015

12:42 - 12:45h at Amazon (level 1)

Themes: (T) Water engineering, (ST) River and coastal engineering, Poster pitches

Parallel session: Poster pitches: 11B. River Engineering

Riverbank erosion, stream migration and flooding have been a longstanding problem in the Raritan River Basin in New Jersey. Many of these problems were and are solved within the scope of specific studies considering conventional engineering alternatives. Unfortunately, while many of these conventional engineering techniques solve the immediate problem, they are not always the safest or most environmentally conscious choice for the long-term. Recently, much more attention is being paid to environmental aspects of the projects and applied bioengineering mitigation measures with an emphasis on eliminating the need of hard armoring or reducing the quantity of rip-rap to be utilized at riverbanks and streams. It is acknowledged that pure bioengineering may not be appropriate in all waters, because it may not result in effective bank stabilization; however an evaluation of several bioengineering stabilization methods were evaluated to identify an acceptable alternative for streambank protection that is economically feasible, environmentally acceptable, ecologically sensitive and best counteract the physical phenomenon of bank erosion defending the streambank and protecting a project floodwall, utility lines and private properties located along stream bend segment B-2, Bound Brook, NJ. Keywords: Bioengineering, shear stresses, turf reinforcement mat, ecological friendly toe protection system.

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