Regardless of the size of your property, water erosion can be a serious problem. Sometimes it’s a wonderful wash that’s turned into a cut gully (incised), which depletes your property of moisture. Other times it’s water moving at excessive speed across your property, taking topsoil with it.

Ideally, you’ll be able to begin restoration where the damage begins, at the highest point. But sometimes you can only work on your own property and neighbors aren’t too cooperative. There are always steps you can take though.

One invasive feature is a headcut. This is when the flow has, for various reasons, begun to cut a channel into the stream bed. This cut, which can vary from several inches to several yards, will move uphill over time. If one is approaching from your downstream neighbor and they aren’t willing to work with you to stop it, what can you do?

In some cases, you just