Changing Channels

by Thomas Rados, P.E., Asst. Dir.; Pennsylvania Dept. of General Services' Bureau of Engrg. and Arch.,
Steven Sottung, Sr. Program and Proj. Mgr.; STV, Inc., Douglassville, PA,
Deborah Descaro, Wildlife Biologist and Asst. Operations Mgr.; STV, Envir. Div.,
Drew Altland, P.E., (M.ASCE), Engr.; STV, Baltimore Ofc., Baltimore, MD,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 2002, Vol. 72, Issue 7, Pg. 72-77

Document Type: Feature article


When the strict design parameters of a correctional facility in remote Pennsylvania meant blocking a headwater stream, a team of environmental engineers rerouted the waterway 400 ft (122 m) to the south. The task required engineers to replicate the channel's geometry, riparian community, and aquatic plants as closely as possible.

Subject Headings: Vegetation | Channels (waterway) | Waterways | Stream channels | Parameters (statistics) | Hydraulic design | Geometrics

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