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Stream Rehabilitation on a Rural/Urban Watershed
Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan www.asabe.orgCitation: Watershed ManWatershed Management to Meet Water Quality Standards and TMDLS (Total Maximum Daily Load) Proceedings of the 10-14 March 2007, San Antonio, Texas 701P0207.(doi:10.13031/2013.22454)
Authors: Wesley Dean Rosenthal, Pamela Casebolt, Dennis Hoffman
Keywords: Bioengineering, erosion, hydrologic model, stream, streambank, watershed Introduction
Friars Creek, located in Temple, Texas was selected to evaluate responses to stream restoration. Friars Creek is located within a moderately urbanized watershed (approximate area: 10 sq mi) where parts of the stream have been widened and deepened to handle increased runoff from urban development. The proposed Friars Creek project area is experiencing dramatic changes in channel morphology due to upstream channel modifications. This project represents an opportunity to implement and demonstrate stream restoration techniques using primarily natural materials; simultaneously, we assessed the biological integrity of the stream reach before and after the project. To handle the increased flow from urbanizing areas, channel dimensions were modified along 800 m of selected reaches to help maintain the channel bank. Site specific native wetland vegetation and grasses was selected and planted to help stabilize the channel bank. In addition, stream integrity was determined before implementation via fish and macrophyte surveys. This paper presents a summary of the activities associated with the project.(Download PDF) (Export to EndNotes)