The Stream Restoration Puzzle

Stroud Water Research Center supports the whole-watershed approach to restoring streams and rivers. By looking at the whole landscape and involving all landowners in a watershed, we can better protect and restore these dynamic systems.

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Why Investment Projects Often Fail to Meet Water Quality Standards

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“Among the scientifically studied restoration approaches that do not significantly improve stream health is one that’s particularly expensive, lucrative, and popular — stream channel and floodplain reconstruction. These reengineering projects target historical, manmade changes to a stream and its floodplain without considering the impact of increases in temperature, polluted runoff from urban and agricultural areas, and other environmental stressors.”

The Stream Restoration Puzzle