This video explores how Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest near Louisville, Kentucky restored a channelized stream to its original meandering path. In the past, farmers throughout Kentucky channelized or straightened streams to access the rich bottomland along the streambeds. Bernheim moved a stream that runs through the park back to its original path and replanted its banks with local plants appropriate for a riparian zone, the wetland area beside a stream. The video explains the environmental advantages of meandering streams: improved water quality, more diverse and healthy ecosystems, and reductions in flooding and soil erosion.
This resource is part of the Water Solutions collection.
This video is available in both English and Spanish audio, along with corresponding closed captions.
Download video here: http://tdcms.ket.org/watersolutions/downloads/watsol00007.zip