Woodend Nature Sanctuary Stream Restoration

Nature Forward, SMC and the Center for Watershed Protection worked together to design and construct a step pool system to stabilize a deeply incised stream bed at Woodend Nature Sanctuary in Chevy Chase, MD. The thoughtful design minimized tree loss and overall site disturbance, interrupted downstream pollution, restored base flow by connecting to the existing floodplain and enhanced in-stream and riparian wildlife habitat. The project improved public access and educational infrastructure for people of all abilities with a stormwater-permeable, wheelchair-accessible nature trail, a complex of accessible boardwalks around an in-line pond, and weirs that double as stream crossings.

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