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Natural Channel Design Applications for Restoring Streams in North Carolina

Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan

Citation:  Paper number  701P0904,  . (doi: 10.13031/2013.17372)
Authors:   Greg Jennings, Dan Clinton, David Bidelspach, Barbara Doll

Stream restoration can be defined as the application of engineering, geologic, and biological principles to improve hydrologic, habitat, and aesthetic functions of the stream corridor, considering current and future watershed conditions. Components of a successful stream restoration project may include: (1) adjusting the stream channel size and shape; (2) establishing a hydraulic connection between the channel and floodplain; (3) adding in-stream structures; (4) stabilizing streambanks; and (5) enhancing vegetation in the riparian corridor. The natural channel design approach makes use of reference stream morphology and biology information to devise a comprehensive project aimed at restoring and maintaining natural stream functions over the long term. The purpose of this paper is to describe lessons learned implementing natural channel design projects under various conditions in North Carolina.

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