This practice stabilizes and protects shorelines from erosion. In certain situations, hard armoring such as rock rip-rap is required. However, the use of native plants and other "soft" practices is preferred. In many cases, shoreline protection practices will also benefit water quality by eliminating direct sources of sediment (soil and other fine particles that carries pollutants).
Channel stabilization uses structures to stabilize the stream. This practice controls the amount of sediment that collects or erodes from the stream channel. It is done in areas that cannot be controlled by clearing obstructions, planting vegetation, or installing upstream water control structures.