Adapted for the Internet from Stream Corridor Restoration:
Principles, Processes and Practices
The Federal Interagency Stream Restoration Work Group
This module is about the physical structure of one of the most ecologically and hydrologically important parts of the watershed and the environment in general -- the stream corridor (defined as the stream, its floodplains, and a transitional upland fringe). The module's text, photos and graphics have been adapted with minor modifications from Stream Corridor Restoration: Principles, Processes and Practices (Note: to return to this module after viewing the other site, use your browser's back arrow), a 1998 publication developed by the Federal Interagency Stream Restoration Work Group (FISRWG). As an alternative to completing this module interactively, some readers with copies of this document may choose to read Chapters 1B and 1C and then return to this site to take the module's self-test.
The Watershed Academy Web module on Watershed Ecology introduces the importance of observing how a whole watershed is physically structured as part of the essential knowledge for analyzing and managing watershed problems. Although major processes and events such as ice ages, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions have sculpted much of our landscape structure over time, the flowing water of streams has played a major role especially on more recent time scales. Not only does studying stream corridor structure reveal how many watershed features were formed, it also gives us further insights into how they function. The goal of this training module is to introduce readers to the typical features of stream structure as a basis for further insights into how streams and stream corridors function as ecosystems.
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This is one of the 15 required modules in the Watershed Management Certificate Program
Section 1 of 15