The demographics of stream restoration locations

Authors: Josh Galster*, Montclair State University
Topics: Geomorphology, Environmental Science
Keywords: River restoration, environmental justice
Session Type: Poster
Day: 4/5/2019
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM
Room: Lincoln 2, Marriott, Exhibition Level
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Stream restoration is increasingly viewed as a solution for fiver systems that have been impaired due to pollution, watershed land use change, channel restrictions/blockages, and other disturbances. Stream restoration takes a variety of forms, from large-scale projects such as dam removal and daylighting buried streams to smaller efforts such as channel/bank modifications and planting of riparian buffers. The locations of stream restorations vary from rural to urban, but they are not evenly distributed. This project examines the location of stream restoration projects in New Jersey and compares that to state-wide demographic data to see where restoration projects have occurred. Initial results from dam removals indicates that these removals have occurred in census tracts with a higher percentage of population identified as white compared to New Jersey overall. Other disparities may arise from differences in cost or local community demand or other factors.

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