Hoosatonic River Slope Restoration

New England Environmental
Great Barrington

The restoration of a 365’ section of the Housatonic river was to prevent further erosion in a difficult portion of the river where snow melt and heavy rain events have caused severe erosion to the embankment. New England Environmental (NEE) used their decades of design and river restoration experience to formulate a plan to not only stabilize the embankment with natural boulder cladding and native plantings, but also designed rock vanes to help soften the rivers current which impact the slope. Scapes excavation services re-contoured the slope, installed the boulder cladding, and built rock vanes into the river. NEE installed all the plants and erosion control fabric. In an effort to have minimal impact on the surrounding environment, the site was monitored by NEE’s biologists, and routine erosion control inspections were made to ensure additional soils did not erode into the river. The design and installation is a great example of maintaining the look and natural environment of the river’s surroundings, while also providing proven bank restoration techniques.