Creek Bank Stabilization

Where severe erosion occurs along a creek, the City of Saint Charles offers several possible remedies.
  • The City fully funds a stabilization project
  • The City and the property owner share the cost of stabilizing the creek
  • The property owner takes advantage of the Rock and Dirt Program offered by the City
City-funded projects will be prioritized based primarily on the proximity to habitable structures. A point based system is used to evaluate areas of concern. The worst problems will be addressed first, to the extent allowed by available funding. Secondly, if a property owner wishes to stabilize a low ranking creek bank that does not currently qualify as a 100% City-funded repair, the City will split the cost with the owner through the 50/50 Erosion Prevention Cost-Sharing Program (see details below). The 3rd option is the City's Rock and Dirt Program (see details below), where the City delivers rock to the property owner at no cost. The property owner is then responsible for placing the rock on the creek bank.

50/50 Erosion Prevention Cost-Sharing Program
In accordance with the CIP Administrative Policy Guidelines, which are used to provide policy for the development of an orderly schedule of public improvements, nonessential projects initiated by citizens should be financed at least 50% through special taxing districts, special assessments or private funding where direct benefit to users result from construction of the project. The following guidelines shall be applied to the Stream Bank Erosion Prevention Cost-Sharing Program:
  • The City will pay 50% of the costs of alleviating erosion on stream banks
  • The remaining 50% of the costs must be paid by the property owner
  • The City's total share of the Stream Bank Erosion Prevention Cost-Sharing Program shall not exceed the amounts allocated in the budget for that purpose.
Property owners shall request consideration for matching funds in writing from the Director of Public Works by January 30, prior to the fiscal year in which the funds are requested. The Director of Public Works will recommend approval to the Board of Public Works by May, prior to the fiscal year in which the funds are requested. Prime consideration will be given to areas with high ratings per the City's criteria for stream bank stabilization.

Program Criteria
  • The applicants must provide a signed statement from all adjoining property owners, including their street address, stating that they have no objections to the project
  • The applicants must provide any easements necessary for the completion of the project
  • The property owner must pay the property owner's share of the estimated cost for the necessary engineering work, prior to the City contracting a qualified engineering firm. Should the cost estimate be higher or lower, the property owner's share will be adjusted to 50% of the actual cost
  • The property owner must pay the property owner's share of the engineer's estimated construction costs, prior to the beginning of construction. Should the cost estimate be higher or lower, the property owner's share will be adjusted to 50% of the actual cos
  • All proposed projects shall meet Army Corp of Engineers and Missouri Department of Natural Resources guidelines

Rock & Dirt Program
Program Criteria
  • Priority will be given to locations where material may be place without the necessity of grading preparatory work
  • Material to be placed only on a slope of 2:1 or flatter
  • Material will be delivered to the front curb of the property
  • Property owner must place all delivered material in the area of erosion within 2 weeks of delivery
  • Concurrence of adjoining property owners must be secured regarding the proposed creek bank work
  • The maximum amount of delivered material shall be 0.5 tons per linear foot of lot line where erosion is prevalent
  • Material shall be provided on a secondary priority in areas where grading is required to provide a 2:1 slope
  • Material will not be provided for the repair of erosion which results from storm water runoff from private property