Stream Restoration

Purpose


Stream restoration is the process of returning damaged and undergrounded streams to conditions that are healthier, cleaner, and more natural for wildlife and aquatic life using Natural Stream Channel Design methods. Restoration brings many benefits to the local stream, Potomac River, and Chesapeake Bay - healthier habitat, cleaner stream, and less erosion.

If you would like to see a local, completed project in person, visit the Howard E Herman Stream Valley Park to see the Coe Branch restoration work finished in 2017. 

Examples of Natural Stream Channel Techniques

Restoration techniques typically use natural materials such as rock, logs, and native plants to help slow down stormwater flow and restore the natural meander of curve pattern found in stable streams.

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Stream Restoration Projects

Between 2015-2018, twelve stream restoration projects were completed throughout the City, including the Coe Branch and Pearson Branch. Visit the Stormwater Project page to learn more.