- Florida Stream Restoration Database
- Series Title:
- Disseration: Quantifiying and Prioritizing Stream Restoration Needs in Florida
- Physical Description:
- Palacio, Darina
- dataset ( sobekcm )
- Studies summarizing stream restoration practices in the US are now dated and omit many stream restoration projects in Florida. This study synthesizes stream restoration practices in Florida by compiling information from a variety of data sources and characterizing projects by type, spatial distribution, temporal trends and costs. The Florida Stream Restoration Database (FSRD) presented here contains 178 projects categorized by restoration type including: riparian management (23%), stream reclamation (19%), flow modification (13%), bank stabilization (12%), channel reconfiguration (11%), in-stream habitat improvements (11%), floodplain reconnection (6%), invasive species removal (4%), and dam removal (1%). Projects types were clustered spatially into three geographic regions based on agency initiatives, needs, and funding sources: projects in the Florida panhandle emphasized in-stream habitat restoration, peninsular projects were dominated by flow modification, and projects in the west central region predominantly focused on improving water quality and habitat in tidal streams and stream reclamation to mitigate surface mining practices. In contrast with earlier works, which did not fully utilize databases and practitioner knowledge, this study found that that Florida is spending much more on stream restoration than previously documented. Between 1979 and 2015 (projected), the mean and median stream restoration project costs in Florida were $15.9 million and $180 thousand, respectively, indicating a strongly skewed distribution due to the large-scale Kissimmee River restoration project in central Florida. This work highlights the need for, and utility of, statewide and national restoration databases to improve restoration tracking. This need will become even more critical as more stringent water quality and habitat mitigation rules are implemented across the country.
- Collected for University of Florida's Institutional Repository by the UFIR Self-Submittal tool. Submitted by Darina Palacio.
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- Source Institution:
- University of Florida Institutional Repository
- Holding Location:
- University of Florida
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- All rights reserved by the submitter.
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