Stream Restoration Database

The Water Research Foundation (WRF) and the Urban Drainage and Flood Control District (Denver, CO) are supporting research to broaden the International Stormwater BMP Database to include stream restoration techniques for improving water quality. Initial work has been completed under WRF's unsolicited research program (WERF-U5R14).

The overall goal of the Stream Restoration Database is to develop a scientifically based set of monitoring and reporting protocols for water quality, ecological function, and habitat performance of stream restoration and stabilization projects and develop a national database to store information on these projects. The primary purposes are to support improvements in stream restoration applications, provide consistent data sets to support regulatory compliance for Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs), National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit compliance, and pollutant and ecosystem services trading.


Version 1.0 of the Stream Restoration Data Entry Spreadsheets and User’s Guide are now available for download:

Stream Restoration Database Data Entry Spreadsheets and User's Guide (Version 1.0)

Stream Restoration Database Version 1.0 (August 2016)

A summary report of findings based on Version 1.0 of the Stream Restoration Database is also available:

Stream Restoration BMP Database: Version 1.0 Summary Report

For those interested in submitting data to the SRDB, please Contact Us.

Work completed under this project has been used to support stream restoration crediting guidance completed under WERF-1T13 "Stream Restoration as a BMP," which is accessible through WRF here.