Soft engineering and conservation buffers provide a viable alternative to the traditional "hard engineering" stabilization practices currently being used to stabilize shorelines and streambanks. Information and training is often unavailable or in short supply.
The Southeast Michigan Soft Engineering/Conservation Buffer Project provides information, training, and "hands on" experience on how to implement soft engineering and conservation buffer practices into streambank and shoreline stabilization projects. A handy starting point to learn more about these practices is our Lake and Stream Corridor Owners' Guide for Riparian Buffer Establishment.
The target audience includes governmental agencies, citizen groups, and private sector consultants that have the interest, the decision-making authority, and the resources for applying these practices. The intent of this project is for participants to obtain a working knowledge of soft engineering and conservation buffer practices, and promote the use of these practices.