habitat restoration Articles

  • Queensland: a water sensitive future

    South East Queensland (SEQ) is planning a water sensitive future for the region and its cities. In order to the transition to be successful, it is necessary to develop an implementation plan. This plan aims is to identify a common vision that focuses on the transition pathway and mechanisms the region needs, to become a water ...


    By Geoplast US Corp.

  • Design of a channel and floodplain corridor to restore aquatic habitat, geomorphic function and water quality in an urbanized and regulated watershed

    The City of Cupertino, California has proposed the establishment of the Stevens Creek Corridor Park. At the park site, Stevens Creek has an incised alluvial channel. Bed morphology is typified by riffles and pools with some external forcing by in-stream large woody material. The channel has been subjected to hydromodification and general anthropogenic disturbance due to upstream reservoir ...

  • Rio Salado Environmental Restoration Project

    The Rio Salado Environmental Restoration Project (Project) has been 40 years in the making and is the first of its kind in the desert southwest. It has become the benchmark for future river restoration Projects. The Project restores a 5-mile section of the Salt River (Rio Salado) that goes through the very core of the City of Phoenix. The Salt River provides essential 100-year flood protection ...

  • Water Quality and Habitat Improvement at a Decommissioned Phosphate Fertilizer Facility

    As part of their long-term site restoration plan, ICI created within the former prefiltration pond a pond/wetland/upland wildlife habitat to benefit local species of birds, mammals, and plants, along with a myriad of other living creatures. The site already supported a wide range of flora and fauna, which has been enhanced by this restoration. The completed project now provides for selected areas ...

  • Fawn River Restoration, Restoring one of Indiana`s Most Pristine Rivers

    In 1998, approximately 100,000 CY of sediment was discharged to a 5-mile section of Fawn River, in Steuben County, Indiana as the result of a rapid draw down of an upstream reservoir (the “Event”). Prior to 1998, Fawn River below the Orland dam (“lower Fawn”) was recognized as one of the best-preserved sections of river in the State of Indiana. The Fawn had a deep swift ...


    By Streamside, LLC.

  • Decision support for ecological river rehabilitation using fish habitat database

    After the recent success of several river rehabilitation projects including the Cheong-gye river case, a large number of local governments have been promoting their own projects in Korea. Most of the projects are aimed at securing the soundness of aquatic ecosystems according to the guidelines presented by the Korea Ministry of Environment. However, there is no clear guidance for the management ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Twenty Years of the Habitats Directive - A Case Study on Species Reintroduction, Protection and Management

    Keywords: Reintroduction of a species, effective national management strategies, Habitats Directive Abstract: Reintroduction of species is viewed as a conventional conservation tool across Europe. Yet, the reintroduction of a species into an area where it was formerly extinct in a country can involve considerable social and economic impacts. Effective national ...


  • The best way to restore environments in the face of climate change

    Florida’s Kissimmee River once flowed freely. Fish, birds and other wildlife dwelled in the wetlands it fed. But in the 1960s, spurred by public outrage over flooding, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers straightened the winding waterway and turned it into a drainage canal. Flip forward a few decades and the river is returning — at least in part. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has ...


    By Ensia

  • Remote monitors track river restoration success

    The Norfolk Rivers Trust has installed a remote river monitoring station that has been tracking water quality and flow before and after river restoration work at an area of ecological importance on the River Nar. Rising in chalk hills to the east of the village of Tittleshall, the river flows south for 2.5 km until it reaches Mileham, then predominately west for 39.5 km through the villages of ...


  • University Campus Restoration Earns SITES Certification

    Project is designed to mimic the function of natural desert riparian corridors using native soils, rocks and vegetation to slow and cleanse storm water. The University of Texas at El Paso’s (UTEP) Campus Transformation Project (CTP) was awarded Silver certification under the Sustainable SITES Initiative (SITES) rating system, and is the first project to certify under SITES v2 (Version 2). ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • A study of the compatibility of habitat and water quality enhancement objectives in urban wetlands of southern California, USA

    With the rising urbanization of the coastal watersheds of California, requirements for control of urban runoff have created demand for treatment wetlands to improve surface water quality and attenuate storm flows. Concurrent with this need, significant wetland and riparian habitat have been lost. Pressure is mounting to restore, enhance, and create wetlands with multiple objectives (i.e., habitat ...

  • A multivariate approach to assess habitat integrity in urban streams using benthic macroinvertebrate metrics

    Benthic macroinvertebrates are widely used as indicators of the health of freshwater ecosystems, responding both to water quality and to the hydromorphological integrity. In urban streams, evaluations can be tricky for the synergistic effects of multiple stressors and confounding factors. In these situations, the most broadly used multimetric indices can be used to assess the overall damage to ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Chicago botanic garden restoration, Chicago, Illinois - Case Study

    One of the most significant features of the Chicago Botanic Garden (CBG) is its con-structed 24 ha (59 acre) lake system cre-ated in 1967. Since its construction, active bank erosion has resulted in a shoreline that lacks visual appeal and is devoid of aquatic habitat. In fact, the 10.3 km (6.5 mi) of eroded shoreline has lead to the loss of over 0.8 ha (2 acres) of land in the past 30 years. ...


    By Presto Geosystems

  • Stormwater Management Techniques for Ecosystem Restoration Using Flow Regime Improvements

    This study demonstrates how stormwater management techniques can produce ecosystem restoration through flow regime restoration. The study acknowledges other factors, such as water quality and habitat influence ecosystem restoration, but focuses upon hydrology restoration for overall watershed restoration guidance. The study uses established relationships between flow regime and watershed ...

  • Restoring Peatlands in Russia - Preventing peat fires, mitigating climate change

    Millions of hectares of drained and abandoned peatlands in European Russia are highly vulnerable to fires, such as those that covered Moscow in smoke during the extremely dry summer of 2010. Rewetting degraded peatlands, especially abandoned peat mining sites, and establishing a sustainable usage will prevent fires and their negative impacts on climate and biodiversity. Cause and threats ...


    By Wetlands International

  • Transforming Ecosystems: When, Where, and How to Restore Contaminated Sites

    Chemical contamination has impaired ecosystems, reducing biodiversity and the provisioning of functions and services. This has spurred a movement to restore contaminated ecosystems and develop and implement national and international regulations that require it. Nevertheless, ecological restoration remains a young and rapidly growing discipline and its intersection with toxicology is even more ...


    By John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  • Urban Stream Restoration: Standing Up to the Toughest Weather Conditions

    Project In 2008, the City of Altanta faced a large problem: the single-lane road that provides the only entry point to its SWAT team training center was likely to be lost completely to erosion. Although the road had been lined with concrete barriers as a stop-gap measure, it was clear that more substantial action was required to save it. Because the road is situated on a narrow ...


    By Thrace Plastics Pack S.A.

  • Best Practice Guidelines on Restoration of Mangroves in Tsunami Affected Areas

    Glossary Afforestation: Cultivating plants (mangroves) in an area where no plants (mangroves) grew previously Air layering: A form of vegetative propagation where a branch is stimulated to form roots while still on the parent plant by removing part of the bark and keeping the area moist Cotyledon: Leaf forming part of embryo or newly emerged seedling Ecosystem: Part of the ...


    By Wetlands International

  • Implications of global climate change for natural resource damage assessment, restoration, and rehabilitation

    Various international and national regulations hold polluters liable for the cleanup of released hazardous substances and the restoration/rehabilitation of natural resources to preincident baseline conditions, a process often referred to as natural resource damage assessment and restoration (NRDAR). Here, the authors describe how global climate change (GCC) will challenge each of the steps of ...


    By John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  • It’s time to restore the flow of our planet’s life-giving waters

    If we get smarter about how we use and manage water, we can have healthy rivers and healthy economies side by side. When you look to the year ahead, what do you see? Ensia recently invited eight global thought leaders to share their vision for the environment as it relates to business, culture, ecosystems, energy, food, health, water and the world ( ...


    By Ensia

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