About BRWA
Watershed Information
Watershed Management Plan Summary
Bank Erosion and Stabilization
Ore Hill Mine Information
Community Initiatives
Membership Information
Resources
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Bank erosion along the Baker River and some of its tributaries has been, and will continue to be, one of the most significant problems for many riparian landowners, residents and visitors to the watershed. The historic meandering of the Baker River combined with the strong forces of water flowing from Mount Moosilauke makes it nearly impossible to expect that the river will maintain a constant channel in the future. Rivers of this type naturally migrate within the floodplain. However, there are ways to minimize and somewhat control riverbank erosion through good land use practices.

A goal of the Baker River Watershed Management Plan is to minimize or control accelerated erosion along the Baker River and its tributaries. The plan contains specific recommendations to address areas with minor and moderate erosion problems. These include protecting the existing riparian buffers, developing ways to improve buffer habitat along the river and its tributaries, proper installations and maintenance of culverts, and encouraging foresters and loggers to follow Best Management Practices. The Baker River Watershed Association has sponsored several "Shrub Your Buffer" events to help meet the goal of stabilization of the river banks.

The Grafton County Conservation District has inventoried areas of bank erosion along the Baker River. The inventory contains photo documentation of areas of erosion and provides a resource for evaluating changes to the river bank over time. The inventory is available at the Grafton County Conservation District office in Woodsville, NH and also in local town offices.