Stream restoration describes a set of activities that help improve the environmental health of a river or stream. Improved health may be indicated by expanded habitat for diverse species (e.g. fish, aquatic insects, other wildlife) and reduced stream bank erosion. Enhancements may also include improved water quality (i.e. increased dissolved oxygen levels) and achieving a self-sustaining, functional flow regime in the stream system.
Otonabee Conservation works with private landowners and municipalities to restore urban and rural streams using natural channel design and bioengineering techniques. Several recently completed projects are highlighted for your information. Should you have any questions about the projects or would like to learn more about stream restoration, please contact the Watershed Management Program.