An increase in the understanding of anthropogenic impacts related to our waterways has spurred much interest in stream restoration. Billions of dollars are entering this field as societal and regulatory
pressures are exerted upon municipalities and developers. But, these funds are greatly mismanagedâ€” deployed in areas where space, politics, and techniques allow. Many projects only consider aesthetics and economic growth rather than thinking of how the stream functions ecologically and environmentally. However, this investment has neglected a critical link in these riverine systemsâ€”
concertized sections. How can restoration occur in channelized waterways where a naturalized condition cannot fully accommodate the degree of changes and demands that have been placed on the
watershed by urbanization?