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When streams are damaged by urban stormwater, they need a little help to be able to function as healthy, living waterbodies. Bob Hoyt, DEP Director gives an overview. Double click the image above to launch a bigger view.
The County's stream system has suffered damage because of a historic lack of adequate stormwater control. In an effort to prevent future stormwater-generated problems, the County has embarked on a three-part watershed restoration effort to rehabilitate the stream system, introduce better management, and control runoff from additional urban surfaces in the County. This effort is the cornerstone of the County's MS4 stormwater permit.
Specific watershed restoration initiatives include:
The County's built environment includes historical development as well as new development, so it takes all three restoration techniques together to:
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Over the years, many streams in the County's historically urban areas have received fast-flowing, highly erosive urban stormwater runoff from impervious surfaces such as roads, concrete, pavements, parking lots, and rooftops. During development in the past, there were few requirements to safeguard the streams, which received runoff and absorbed much of the stormwater damage.
Streams are fragile systems, and often they are unable to withstand the cumulative impacts of prolonged urbanization.
Learn more about common stream damage resulting from stormwater, which includes: