Quail Creek: A Case Study of Restoration Using Native Materials

by James W. Gracie, (Aff.M.ASCE),

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

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


Quail Creek, a stream in northern Baltimore County, Maryland, was restored in 1990 using the approach developed by Rosgen to diagnose the problems, and determine the parameters for stable stream geometry. This paper describes the restoration approach, and presents the results of monitoring of stability and aquatic life over a five year period. The project was successful in terms of stability, and the monitoring results show a recovery of aquatic life as measured by the macroinvertebrate diversity and the continuing presence of a reproducing population of brook trout.

Subject Headings: Case studies | Rivers and streams | Ecological restoration | Aquatic habitats | Diagnosis | Parameters (statistics) | Geometrics | Project management | Maryland | United States | Baltimore

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