Photo Courtesy: District Department of Energy and Environment

This category recognizes outstanding projects in the stream corridor that are explicitly designed to enhance the function, stability, and ecosystem services of an urban stream.

The strongest restoration projects will:

  1. Reflect an integrated approach to restore the stream and its floodplain.
  2. Successfully withstand significant floods without failing
  3. Meet or exceed clearly stated objectives to improve stream habitat and reduce pollutant delivery to the Bay (some quantitative documentation is helpful here)
  4. Improve aquatic and terrestrial habitats in the stream reach and floodplain
  5. Promote public access, watershed education or neighborhood outreach along the stream corridor