Urban stream restoration: Recovering ecological services in degraded watersheds

Rutherford H. Platt, Timothy Beatley, Sarah Michaels, Nancy Goucher, Beth Fenstermacher

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The Ecological Cities Project, based at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, recently completed a three-year reconnaissance study entitled "Urban Watershed Revitalization in the U.S.: Comparative Regional Experience in Multi-Objective Management."1 The study hypothesized that urban communities (neighborhoods, cities, regions) are beginning to recognize and restore "ecological services" rather than ignore or seek to replace them through technology. The researchers conducted case studies of regional experiences in pursuing multiple environmental, social, and economic goals at the urban watershed scale. Five overarching questions guided their research: (1) How are urban watersheds organized? (2) How are policy issues and management goals identified? (3) What is the role of science and scientists in watershed restoration? (4) What watershed management strategies are used? (5) How do federal/ state laws influence management of urban watersheds? The discussion that follows summarizes the findings of three case studies that together represent different scales and government approaches to urban watershed revitalization: The Anacostia River in the Washington, D.C., area, Nine Mile Run in Pittsburgh, and Laurel Creek in Waterloo, Ontario.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationGrowing Greener Cities
Subtitle of host publicationUrban Sustainability in The Twenty-First Century
PublisherUniversity of Pennsylvania Press
Number of pages25
ISBN (Print)9780812220377
StatePublished - 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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