Brown's Creek Riparian Shading Study -Assessment of Stream Shade Provided by Unforested Riparian Buffer Vegetation
Implementing the thermal buffer improvement projects in the 2017-2026 Watershed Management Plan will be more efficient and effective because of the field investigation, design standards, and public outreach included in this project.
The study will prov
LOCAL LEVERAGED FUNDS
The purpose of the project is to target the type and location of riparian vegetation restoration needed to shade three miles of unforested buffer on Brown's Creek, a metro area trout stream impaired for thermal and sediment loading. The project will conduct a riparian shading analysis, cost-benefit analysis, and modeling of restoration scenarios based on field measurements of shade in the unforested buffer of Brown's Creek. The study will accelerate the implementation of the 13,155 feet of thermal buffer improvement projects by targeting where shade mitigation is needed most and identifying the best-suited vegetation for shading at each site.