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.