Stream Management Practices

Learn how these activities affect streams Click on the photos below to learn more about how certain stream management activities affect stream processes and functions:

Often have
results on
stream if used
without great
caution. –
Limit use to
critical areas
Concrete or Sheet Piling Gravel Bar Removal Channelizing
Can have
results on
stream if used
with some
Riprap or Rock Walls Gravel Management Setback Berming
Often have
results on
stream if
correctly (can
have negative
results if
used without
Bioengineering Cross Vanes Re-Creating Meander Geometry

Links and Resources

Click on the links below for more information:

> Cornell Local Roads Program
> NYS Department of Environmental Conservation: Protection of Waters: Disturbance of The Bed or Banks of a ProtectedStream or Other Watercourse
> Cornell Restoration Guidance
> Fluvial Geomorphology Annotated Bibliography

River Gravel Excavation

> North Carolina Stream Restoration Program
> USDA Rocky Mountain Research Station – Stream Channel Reference Sites (4 MB)
> Catskill Regional Hydraulic Geometry Curves
> Bankfull Discharge and Channel Characteristics for Streams in NYS, 2009
> Maintaining Wood in Streams: A Vital Action for Fish Conservation by the University of California (1.6 MB)
> Didymo Alert – Didymo (Didymosphenia geminata), also known as “rock snot,” is a non-native invasive microscopic algae that can produce large amounts of stalk material to form thick brown mats on stream bottoms