Fluvial Restoration in the Chattahoochee Headwaters
Baer, Katherine E.
Pruitt, Bruce A.
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The Soque River Restoration Project is part of the Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper's Chattahoochee River Headwaters Riparian Restoration and Education Project, focusing on demonstrating the value of functioning riparian zones in protecting stream health. In close cooperation with U.S. EPA scientists and a private landowner, Riverkeeper implemented a restoration project following the methods of hydrologist David Rosgen, based upon principles of fluvial geomorphology. The project objectives include demonstrating the value of reclaiming previously cattle-grazed stream banks to properly functioning riparian zones that protect and enhance fish habitat, improve overall stream health, and reduce loss of property through excessive erosion. Further work following construction has involved community groups in reestablishing the riparian zone.