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River Corridors

Streamside ecosystems in urban areas do not function like those in wild and rural areas because they are often disconnected from adjacent streams by pavement and other barriers that alter the flow of water. As a consequence, urban streams are not as protected from nitrate and other pollution draining cities and suburbs.

Holly Beyar, Project Facilitator of the Baltimore Ecosystem Study, LTER
A degraded urban stream showing an incised channel and degradation of stream and riparian habitats. This site has been the focus of BES LTER and associated EPA research
Paul Mayer
The "urban stream syndrome" showing the suite of changes in stream and riparian ecosytems asscidated with urban land use change. BES LTER research addresses numerous aspects of this syndrome.
Adapted from Groffman et al. (2003).

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