Structural, Social, and Environmental Services Provided by Urban Stream Revitalization
Habitat: numerous fish and birds use this space along with countless smaller, less noticeable creatures such as bugs, snails, mussels, and crayfish.
Cleaner Air and Lower Temperatures: An expanded urban tree canopy can lower ambient air temperature and improve air quality.
Recreation: A stream corridor provides great opportunities for urban open space for a wide variety of recreation activities.
Environmental Education: Higher functioning ecological systems provide opportunities for people to have closer contact with the natural world through nature walks and educational facilities.
Flood Protection: Protecting open space adjacent to a stream provides storage for flood waters during high-flows reducing potential damages in the vicinity and downstream.
Location for Traditional Infrastructure: A stream corridor can also provide a place to locate more traditional infrastructure.