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THE NEMO FOR STREAMS PROGRAM

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

Citation:  Paper number  701P0904,  . (doi: 10.13031/2013.17432)
Authors:   Timothy Lawrence, Jessica D’Ambrosio
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NEMO for Streams combines land use issues and stream functionality in a program to provide educational opportunities for local decision makers in improving water quality. Traditional storm water management strategies have primarily focused on water quality and/or reducing and managing the impacts of floods. Many land development strategies modify the stream and floodplain system. These practices only indirectly consider fluvial processes and often fail to prevent stream channel stability problems. aims to: assist in the establishment of an infrastructure and interdisciplinary groups necessary to develop viable ecological solutions for stream and watershed management; improve the function and quality of streams through education on the use of natural channel design concepts; provide educational programs that focus on the adoption of preventative and self sustaining strategies of restoration and aquatic management; and encourage recognition that for stream systems it is necessary to consider a range of discharge conditions and that high frequent events might be more important than extreme rare events that are often used in design. While concern lies in having water that is drinkable and swimmable, flooding and property damage due to erosion are more common complaints in urban neighborhoods. The NEMO for STREAMS Program encourages landowners and local officials to recognize that water quality and water quantity go hand-in-hand and managing them together makes economic and environmental sense. Management strategies employ site design and land use regulations that decrease impervious surfaces, employ natural channel design, include wetlands and bioretention areas, and maintain adequate stream buffer zones.

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