Partnerships for Parkerson Mill
IMPACT Student Volunteers have adopted Parkerson Mill Creek as one of their target areas. Students will meet weekly to pick up trash, remove invasive, nonnative vegetation from the streamside forest, and learn more about healthy streams and floodplains. Thanks goes to these students for helping to raise awareness of Parkerson Mill Creek!
Check out IMPACT students pulling privet and picking up trash for Earth Day
What is Stream Restoration Using Natural Channel Design?
As streams meander through the landscape, they shape themselves into bends and curves that balance the amount of water and sediment they carry. Many things may cause a stream to lose its form. When land cover in a watershed (the land area that drains to a stream) changes or if a stream is straightened, the balance of water and sediment tips. The stream may react to this change in balance by filling in, deepening, or widening out.
Natural channel design seeks to return a degraded stream to a more stable condition by connecting it with its floodplain and designing its dimension, pattern and profile more closely to that of a natural stream.
Learn more about stream and watershed restoration by visiting the Alabama Watershed Restoration web page.
Parkerson Mill Creek - Research
Dr. Cliff Webber, AU Department of Fisheries and Allied Aquaculture, directs the biological assessment of current stream conditions. The work includes surveying fish and macroinvertebrate communities for baseline conditions that may be compared to stream recovery post-restoration construction.
Parkerson Mill Creek - Extension
Eve Brantley, Alabama Cooperative Extension System, coordinates a series of workshops that follow the steps of restoration including Introduction to Stream Restoration, Principles of Restoration Design, and Restoration Construction. Visit our Workshop Announcements web page.
Parkerson Mill Creek - Education
Several academic departments on campus are interested in utilizing the restoration project as a hands-on learning laboratory. Interest in working with and learning from the project is high in wide ranging departments from Landscape Architecture to History to Fisheries.
As we move forward with the Parkerson Mill Creek project, this page will be updated with useful resource information, please contact Eve Brantley with suggestions or questions.
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