Holistic Planning Method for Restoring Degraded Waterways as a Critical Link to Remediating Urban Waterfronts and Transportation Systems

Restoring degraded urban rivers is being actively pursued by private entities and on the federal, state and local level throughout the United States. In July 2002, the USEPA and the USACE entered into a memorandum of understanding to address water quality issues, economic revitalization, and the public use and enjoyment of urban rivers. As these entities seek to improve the values and functions of our nation’s urbanized waterways, integrated plans need to be undertaken to gain resource efficiencies, promote community revitalization and encourage environmental protection. A regional watershed process is presented that provides an integrated approach to these diverse water-related issues. Included in the approach is an evaluation of historical waterway functions, stressors and impairments, baseline conditions, preferred alternatives and staged implementation plans. Also presented are performance metrics, monitoring, and adaptive management tools that allow a user to make certain that the plan meets the needs of the user while allowing for necessary adjustments over time. Also presented is a Restoration Measures Effectiveness Analysis to determine the optimal approach to net environmental and/or economic benefits to the region. The holistic implementation plan is then supported through the use of local benchmarks to establish site-specific goals and design guidelines that address the spatial and temporal variability of urban stressors. This approach is supported by cases studies and project data involving beneficial reuse of dredged material, brownfields redevelopment and habitat restoration, and is intended as a global template, suitable for case-by-case adaptation due to varying priorities and constraints.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: CD-ROM
  • Features: Figures; References;
  • Pagination: 15p
  • Monograph Title: TRB 86th Annual Meeting Compendium of Papers CD-ROM

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01043605
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: 07-0405
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Feb 8 2007 4:59PM