Streams - How do we accomplish

How do we protect surface waters?

Streams - methods

Using rocks to slow down the flow of water in a stream

Slow water with rocks

Rock structures stabilize eroding banks, slow water flow, and create pools essential for plant and animal life. Find out how volunteers restore Arizona wetlands with rocks ›


Planting native willows along a stream in Utah

Plant native willows

By planting willows, we help provide shade and cover for fish, prevent erosion of stream banks, and provide habitat for beavers, birds, and other animals.

Fencing around surface waters

Fence out grazing animals

Volunteers build fences to keep cattle and other heavy grazers, like elk and deer, from trampling fragile aquatic habitats. 


Streams - beaver dams

Human-made beaver dams

Beavers are savvy water engineers. We replicate their work by building look-alike dams. These structures slow stream flows, create wetland habitat, and set the stage for future beaver reintroductions. 

Streams - CTA

Find out when volunteer trips open, and how to signup.

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