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Stream and River Protection Primer

The basics for understanding stream morphology, interaction with floodplains, restoration biology and the policies needed to get there, written by A.L. Riley at SFBay RWQCB, who knows this material and work very, very well.
– David Keller
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A PRIMER ON STREAM AND RIVER PROTECTION
FOR THE REGULATOR AND PROGRAM MANAGER
Technical Reference Circular
W.D. 02 – #1
April 2003
Ann L. Riley

http://www.swrcb.ca.gov/rwqcb2/Agenda/04-16-03/Stream%20Protection%20Circular.pdf

San Francisco Bay Region
California Regional Water Quality Control Board
1515 Clay Street, #1400
Oakland, CA 94612

TABLE OF CONTENTS
Stream and River Protection for the Regulator and Program Manager
A Technical Reference Circular
• Forward……………………………………………………………………………………………….1
• Chapter One: Use of This Circular…………………………………………………………..3
Short Term Applications……………………………………………………………..4
Future and Longer Term Applications…………………………………………11
Common Questions About This Circular And Regulations
Affecting Streams……………………………………………………………………14
• Chapter Two: The Conceptual Framework: Naturally Stable Channels
Address Multiple Needs…………………………………………………………….18
Avoiding Excessive Erosion and Deposition………………………………..18
Integrating River Science and Engineering…………………………………..19
The Concept of Stable Channels…………………………………………………21
• Chapter Three: The Links Between Channel Stability and Water Quality…..25
• Chapter Four: Avoiding the Common Causes of Channel Instability…………27
Excessive Erosion…………………………………………………………………….28
Excessive sedimentation……………………………………………………………34
Degraded Boundary Conditions………………………………………………….36
• Chapter Five: Simple Practices for Stabilizing Channels………………………….39
Common Channel Destabilizing Practices……………………………………39
Simple Channel Stabilizing Practices………………………………………….49
• Chapter Six: Addressing the Issue of Offsite Influences………………………….52
• Chapter Seven: Tools for Regulators and Project Analysts……………………….53
Avoidance and Correction of Impacts to Streams………………………….53
Stream Impacts Avoidance Decision Tree……………………………………64
Applying Avoidance Concepts……………………………………………………77
Appendices…………………………………………………………………………………………98
A. References and Reading List………………………………………………………..98
B. Example of a Stream Stabilization Project …………………………………..101
C. San Francisco Bay Area Watershed Partnerships and Organizations.105
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See, also, the wealth of information available at the website for
Marin County Stormwater Pollution Prevention Program
P. O. Box 4186
San Rafael, CA 94913-4186
Phone (415) 499-6528 Fax (415) 499-7221