Decades, or even centuries, of changing and competing land uses have left many of the world’s streams degraded, in poor health, and out of balance with the ever-shifting dynamics of their watersheds.
Decades, or even centuries, of changing and competing land uses have left many of the world’s streams degraded, in poor health, and out of balance with the ever-shifting dynamics of their watersheds. A Handbook for Stream Enhancement and Stewardship is a basic resource intended to help individuals, groups, organizations, companies, communities, and governments plan and carry out environmentally sound, cost-effective stream corridor assessment, enhancement, and stewardship programs. Using the watershed as the basic unit of reference, the Handbook provides ideas and information with which readers can assess and document local stream conditions, learn about and evaluate methods of enhancement, devise and implement enhancement plans, and then maintain the stream and stream corridor in its enhanced state of better health and balance. While not a comprehensive technical manual for professionals trained in stream restoration, this resource does provide a solid foundation by which volunteers may become informed observers, advocates, and organizers of stream enhancement programs and participants in their implementation
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The Izaak Walton League is a private national organization founded in 1922 and dedicated to conserving, maintaining, protecting, and restoring the soil, water, and other natural resources of the United States and other lands, and to educating the public about such resources and their needs. For more than thirty years, the Izaak Walton League’s watershed stewardship programs have developed innovative educational programs for groups and individuals. The League has educated and motivated citizens to clean-up stream corridors, monitor stream health, restore degraded stream banks, and protect dwindling wetland acreage. These important watershed stewardship activities have been implemented in communities across the country through the League’s more than 300 local chapters.