New Life For Buried Streams":
CO-Rocky Mountain Institute has published "Daylighting: New Life
For Buried Streams" by water resource management expert Richard Pinkham.
The report shows how communities across the U.S. and abroad are
discovering the benefits that result from bringing streams out from culverts
and other underground channels to enhance public spaces, improve water
quality, and expand stream channel capacity.
report documents 18 projects that have "daylighted" over 14,000
feet of waterways in the U.S. and lists another 23 projects in various
stages of consideration. The
case studies include the background, actions, results, economics and challenges
and lessons from each project, which range in length from a residential
backyard project in Rowley, Massachusetts to a 4,000 foot restoration
in an Urbana, Illinois park.
report has two purposes. One, to show that daylighting projects are exciting
and doable, and two, to show that they require an appropriate site, excellent
design, and extensive community involvement.
In addition to avoiding new infrastructure costs, daylighting often
improves the downstream water quality and improves the carrying capacity
of streams. Daylighted streams also can dramatically improve parks and
other public places, and also can increase the value of neighboring properties.
is a huge potential for the daylighting of long-buried and long-forgotten
streams in the U.S. "People
are attracted to a place where they can hear moving water," said
Pinkham. "It has a restorative affect on people, which they really
appreciate, especially in an urban environment."
New Life for Buried Streams" is available on-line in PDF format at
no charge on RMI's website, www.rmi.org
. or by contacting RMI's publications department at 1-800-333-5903.