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Project ID:2006TX228B

Title: Post-Restoration Evaluation of Urban Streams in Central Texas

Project Type: Research

Start Date: 03/01/2006

End Date: 02/28/2007

Congressional District: 21

Focus Categories: Geomorphological Processes, Surface Water, Water Quality

Keywords: Geomorphology, Streams, Urbanization, Restoration

Principal Investigators: Meier, Megan; Chin , Anne

Federal Funds: $5,000

Non-Federal Matching Funds: $15,915

Abstract: Studies over the past few decades have revealed the impacts of urbanization on stream channels. Even though this knowledge is increasingly used as a tool to restore degraded urban streams, few studies have investigated what occurs post-restoration. In this study, channel geometry and sediment characteristics will be evaluated at six restored reaches in tributaries of the Colorado River in Austin, Texas. These will be compared to six unrestored urban stream reaches of similar drainage area to test the hypothesis that restoration improves physical channel conditions. Six additional channel reaches not affected by urbanization will serve as a reference. Results of this research will improve knowledge of urban stream adjustments to restoration practices in Texas and in the United States. Such knowledge will be useful in future restoration of urban streams, which will mitigate flood hazards and enhance aquatic ecosystems.

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