“Fields and Streams” by Rebecca Lave – High Stakes in the Rosgen Wars

Just beneath the surface of the river restoration industry is an undercurrent of controversy strong enough to create two distinctly-opposed camps. Dubbed the “Rosgen Wars ” during the mid-1990s, this 20-year battle of ideas was named for its protagonist, Colorado hydrologist Dave Rosgen, and pits Rosgen and his legion of…

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A $1 Billion Question: Are Stream Restoration Projects Working?

Many expensive stream projects fail because they are not guided by science, experts say.  At Trout Headwaters, Inc. we have a long tradition of promoting the use of baseline assessments in stream, river and wetland restoration.  We even developed a patented system, RiverWorks Rapid Assessment System® (RRAS), to help standardize…

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Classified: Why the Overuse of Stream Classification Systems Have Failed River Restoration

At Trout Headwaters we put a lot of emphasis on stream and wetland assessment.  Our unwavering belief in scientifically-sound assessments of water resources led us to develop a patented system just for assessments called RiverWorks Rapid Assessment System®. Because of the number of stream restoration failures we’ve seen in the…

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Restoring Faith in Stream, River and Wetland Restoration

Kudos are deserved for the North Carolina legislature for recently passing legislation (which Governor Perdue signed) addressing an issue that has plagued the stream and wetland restoration efforts for years: insufficient project assessment, design and monitoring.  Fifteen years ago, Trout Headwaters, Inc (THI) entered the stream restoration industry, and unfortunately,…

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Stream Restoration Failures Beg for Holistic, Sustainable Solutions

According to a recent report by the Raleigh News & Observer, more than 30 stream restoration projects have failed during or after construction in the state of North Carolina, “a few of them multiple times, turning what was supposed to be a cleanup into an environmental hazard.” The state is…

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