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Sustainable Human and Ecological Development (SHED)

Regenerative Stormwater Conveyance

Urbanization often leads to channel incision and widening as urban streams adjust to developed upstream areas. As head-cuts form and move upstream, the erosion process continues to add sediments to downstream waters while providing negligible nutrient reduction. A relatively new practice could offer a new approach to solving these common scenarios. Regenerative Stormwater Conveyance, initially deployed in Maryland, is an innovative solution that creates an in-stream bioreactor for low-flow conditions, promoting nutrient removal, and topped by a step pool system to stabilize the channel and convey higher flows. We are currently monitoring the first installation in Florida.