Design Guidance—Instream and Bank Restoration Structures

by J. Craig Fischenich, (M.ASCE),



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: North American Water and Environment Congress & Destructive Water

Abstract: Despite an urgent need for river and stream restoration design criteria, little guidance has emerged in recent years. Existing guidance is largely unsatisfactory, promoting empiricism and shortcuts that often lead to detrimental designs. This paper addresses pitfalls encountered in a search for a cookbook approach to river and stream restoration design. A general model based upon ecosystem management principles is proposed. Educational and research needs are identified.

Subject Headings: Ecological restoration | Hydraulic design | Empirical equations | River bank stabilization | Historic preservation

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