Erosion Structures Benefit Watersheds

Erosion structures can rebuild rangelands.

Erosion structures can rebuild rangelands.

It’s true: placing rocks in the creek can bring a river back to life! 

Restoration work pays off in a Sky Island watershed.

A recent report sites benefits of erosion structures, some of which are 30 years old. Benefits include: slowing water, even during large storms, and increasing flows downstream of the structures. The report was created by collaborators at USGS who looked at structures built on Joe & Valer Austin’s El Coronado Ranch in the Chiricahua Mountains. The Austin’s work has inspired BR and others to continue building structures across watersheds in the borderlands region.

Click here to read the report.


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