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Monitoring North Carolina Stream Restoration Projects

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

Citation:  Paper number  701P0904,  . (doi: 10.13031/2013.17398)
Authors:   David Bidelspach, Daniel Clinton, Greg Jennings, Chris Bass

Stream stabilization and restoration employs many different tools and techniques. Many of these techniques have not been monitored over an extended period of time. Numerous stream restoration projects have been built in North Carolina since the late 1990s to improve natural stream functions impaired by watershed land use changes. Many of these projects are intended to mitigate off-site impacts to streams from highway construction or other development. We initiated a long-term monitoring project in 2003 to evaluate the success of these projects in meeting restoration goals of stream stability and habitat improvement. Monitoring components include surveys of stream morphology, structure assessment, streambed monitoring, riparian vegetation assessment, and benthic macroinvertebrate sampling on selected stream projects. Results indicate a wide range of successes depending on watershed land uses, design/construction techniques, rainfall patterns, and vegetation management.

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