Years of traditional development practices have altered natural hydrologic patterns and ecosystems. We are only now learning to "work with nature" and design projects that restore some of these processes to a more natural state.
A stable waterway is one that has streambanks unhindered by erosion, edges reinforced by native vegetation, channel proportions that encourage a natural course, and surrounding floodplains and urban areas that promote regular base flow ratios.
Waterways should be free of trash and pollution so communities can enjoy their city's natural environment to its fullest potential. Managing stormwater, reducing the occurence of CSOs, and educating the public about how they can do their part to protect and enhance these natural assets is critical to achieving healthy waterways.
Healthy Riparian Habitat
Part of restoring the city's waterways to their natural state is protecting the riparian buffer. Whether we are protecting and enhancing riparian vegetation or creating wetlands, the goal at hand is to provide a safe habitat for wildlife and aquatic life to thrive.