Considering urban stream naturalization - Ecosystem criteria for habitat quality and quantity

Edwin E. Herricks

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Abstract

There is a recent emphasis in urban watershed management on the development of self-sustaining ecosystems particularly in stream channels. Although there are a wide range of practices (BMPs) available for channel management, there is little guidance on selection criteria, and almost no information on the ecological performance of in-stream management practices operating within a single stream reach or at several locations throughout a watershed. To develop selection guidance, it will be necessary to first examine the ecological performance of BMPs and then develop a protocol for watershed-wide evaluation of the contribution of both inchannel and landscape BMPs to ecosystem sustainability. This paper will review methods for integrating hydraulic, geomorphological, and ecological information to derive measures of ecological performance that are appropriate for different scales. A particular focus will be on the ecological performance of BMP types and the appropriateness of particular practices for system-wide improvements in ecological resources.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSelf-Sustaining Solutions for Streams, Westlands, and Watersheds - Proceedings of the 2004 Conference
EditorsJ.L. D'Ambrosio
Pages5
Number of pages1
StatePublished - 2004
Externally publishedYes
Event2004 Self-Sustaining Solutions for Streams, Westlands, and Watersheds Conference - St Paul, MN, United States
Duration: Sep 12 2004Sep 15 2004

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 2004 Self-Sustaining Solutions for Streams, Wetlands, and Watersheds Conference

Other

Other2004 Self-Sustaining Solutions for Streams, Westlands, and Watersheds Conference
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySt Paul, MN
Period9/12/049/15/04

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering

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