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Track 2 Day 2: Koepke


Using Native Vegetation for Streambank Stabilization: From Species Selection to Establishment

Thursday March 21, 2019
3:00 to 3:30 pm


Jonathan Koepke, ENCAP Inc.


Riparian vegetation is an important component of nearly all stream restoration projects and especially those projects which rely upon natural channel design. As designers and specifiers move toward more sustainable solutions, vegetation selection and establishment methods are critical components of successful projects. This presentation will focus on the factors that influence the success or failure of vegetation establishment on streambanks. Beginning with the factors that drive species selection, through seeding and plugging methodology, temporary erosion control considerations, and maintenance and establishment activities, these decisions and considerations that drive successful projects. This presentation will also review these considerations and detail what drives effective use of native vegetation in stream restoration.


Learning Objectives

1. Identify the factors in establishing native vegetation that makes their use on streams and riparian areas desirable.

2. Understand the considerations that make temporary erosion control important in establishing vegetation on streambanks.

3. Understand what factors drive species selection in riparian areas to ensure successful vegetation establishment.


Jonathan Koepke

Jonathan Koepke

Jonathan Koepke, CEPSC, LEED-AP is the Vice President and General Manager for ENCAP, Inc. in DeKalb, IL. Jonathan is a three time graduate of Northern Illinois University where he completed both his Bachelors and Masters degrees and holds a Masters in Business Administration.

His areas of expertise and interest include streambank stabilization and restoration techniques, Polyacrylamide use for erosion and sediment control, and revegetative techniques on construction sites.

He is also the current President of the Great Lakes Chapter of the International Erosion Control Association (IECA) and currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the IECA as Treasurer.