Rehabilitation of Rapidly Urbanizing Streams

by P. Kay Whitlock, Stormwater Management Div, United States,
Michael D. Warner, Stormwater Management Div, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Water Resources Infrastructure: Needs, Economics, and Financing


DuPage County, Illinois is implementing a stream maintenance program with the purpose of restoring and preserving the hydraulic efficiency of its streams and drainageways. The program consists of a tributary by tributary general stream clearing from upstream to downstream to remove debris and sediment throughout the stream. A description of the county program, documentation of channel conditions, a description of the legal authority of different levels of government, and 'how to' kinds of information regarding appropriate methods to perform projects will all be included in a stream maintenance handbook. Stream cleaning projects are prioritized within the program by evaluating the channel capacities and the potential for flood damages or drainage problems. Stream maintenance projects within corporate boundaries of municipalities, must meet the following criteria: The municipal government will participate jointly in the project.

Subject Headings: Rivers and streams | Stream channels | Municipal water | Maintenance and operation | Ecological restoration | Project management | Urban areas | Illinois | United States

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