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item Shields Jr, Fletcher

Submitted to: Journal of Hydraulic Engineering
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 5/1/1999
Publication Date: N/A
Citation: N/A

Interpretive Summary: Stream and the corridors they pass through across much of the United States have been degraded by watershed or channel modifications. Interest in restoring environmental quality of stream corridors is accelerating with land management agencies, landowners, and the general public. Stream corridor restorations usually require a multidisciplinary approach and differ in many respects from projects previously conducted by action agencies. Training and guidance are needed to improve the cost efficiency and rate of success for these projects. The Federal Interagency stream corridor restoration document was produced by a team of engineers and scientists representing a wide range of disciplines, institutional perspectives, and geographic regions. The document has been endorsed for use by 15 Federal agencies and is designed to facilitate communication among professionals and stakeholders. The intent of the document is to meet the present need for training and guidance and to identify knowledge gaps for future stream corridor restoration research.

Technical Abstract: This paper is an invited review of the recently published document, Stream Corridor Restoration: Principles, Processes, and Practices. The document is endorsed by 15 Federal agencies. It is divided into three major sections which deal with fundamental process descriptions, restoration planning, and implementation, respectively. Process descriptions include reviews of watershed hydrology, landscape and stream ecology, water quality, and fluvial geomorphology. Planning guidance includes sections dealing with coordination and working with stakeholder groups, compliance with permit requirements, and setting restoration goals. Monitoring guidelines are presented in both the planning section and the implementation section. The implementation section also contains an overview of tools for environmental impact analysis, stable channel design, and a full discussion of in-channel restoration measures. Information about specific practices is contained in an Appendix. The document is available in hard copy (a loose-leaf binder) or on CD-ROM.