This stream table explores infrastructure and how it fares under high flows. In this video, we start with human infrastructure, then gradually replace it with beaver dams. Note the differences in downward erosion during each period. Watch the drought around 0:25-0:26 to see what the beaver ponds do. To read more about beavers, visit: this Vox article and my article in The Conversation
The RiverSmart Communities program combines social and river science, institutional and policy research, and community outreach at the University of Massachusetts Amherst to research and address river floods in New England. It is our vision that river management can restore the environmental integrity of rivers while ensuring that New England communities thrive in a world where floods naturally occur. To make this vision possible, our work aims to help New England’s communities become river-smart.
River-smart: Managing rivers and riverside landscapes, as well as our own actions and expectations, so people and communities are more resilient to river floods. Specifically: reducing flood severity, flood damage, and flood costs by understanding and accommodating the natural dynamics of rivers and river floods.
A key goal is to offer ideas and tools that can be used by people and groups across New England – land and river managers, riverside property owners, policy makers, government agency staff, community leaders, grass-roots activists, and others – so they can creatively build and advocate for systems that work for their own states and communities.
In this website you can find summaries of the many projects included in the RiverSmart Communities program. You can also find educational and outreach materials that may be used to promote sustainable river management in your community.
Flooded fields below Deerfield Academy, February 26, 2016.
The previous day's heavy rains flooded these fields adjacent to the Deerfield River, which runs just beyond the trees at the far edge of the fields.
Pumpkin Hollow Brook, South River confluence during fairly high water conditions.
Repairs taking place along South River.
Notice large tree trunks and root wads in photo foreground. It's not clear whether these had been recently removed, or were to be placed along the riverbank as part of the restoration work. Confluence of Poland Brook (or Chapel Brook) and South River is just out of the photograph to the right.
Aerial view of Mohawk Trail in upper reaches of Cold River, showing areas damaged by Irene, now restored.
Photo taken May 2015 shows the bridge and abutment 18 months after repairs have been completed. The Cold River is coming down from left center of picture; Black Brook enters from lower left of picture, behind silhouetted trees.
Cold River, joined by Black Brook from the left, crossing under the Route 2 bridge. Photo was taken November 2013, 2 years after Irene.
Full panoramic view http://www.gigapan.com/gigapans/144474
River in May 2015. Riparian plantings have just been installed. Some natural revegetation is also occurring.
Cleaning up storm damage after Hurricane Irene.