Urban stream naturalization – a systems context for practice implementation

Major Goals and Objectives

  • Develop a method to define in stream hydraulic habitat (fluvial habitat unit – FHU)
  • Map low-flow and high stage floodplain units to determine spatial
    distribution and connectivity
  • Use dynamic mapping to 1) relate low flow stage FHUs with Best Management Practices (BMPs) and channel geomorphology to develop structure specific ecological performance measures based on aquatic community needs; 2) determine the availability of high-stage refuge habitat at a watershed scale; and 3) complete a watershed specific ecosystem potential analysis that considers organism sources, system connectivity, and both low and high stage habitat to assess system capacity for the development of sustainable aquatic ecosystems
  • Evaluate research findings to provide guidance for BMP design and placement to achieve watershed management goals established by local agencies and stakeholders along Southern Lake Michigan.

Research Information

Principal Investigator:
Edwin Herricks
Initiation Date:
Completion Date:
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

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