Senior Project Manager WK Dickson & Co - Charlotte, NC
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How do we get that forested, healthy stream off the impaired waters list? Why aren’t there fish in our restored stream? The answer to both questions may bug you.
Benthic macroinvertebrates (benthos) are important indicators of ecosystem health and have been used for many years to determine a waterway’s use support and/or impairment. They have begun to be considered in the Southeast to document stream restoration success and allow mitigation credit release/permit compliance.
“Bug seeding” (i.e. relocation of intolerant populations from high quality reference reaches), completed at NC and SC enhancement and restoration sites, is likely to have contributed to increased diversity at both. Similar materials and methods used at both sites will be detailed, as will the potential for larger-scale implementation that could provide watershed-wide functional uplift, which could result in impairment delisting.
Achieve functional uplift by recognizing the need to integrate aquatic habitat enhancement into stream restoration/stabilization design.
See the positive outcomes that local governments can realize by combining disparate funding sources and goals into integrated projects.
Evaluate impaired waters at the watershed scale to determine locations that are appropriate for habitat enhancement and potential delisting.