Abstracts of presentations given on Tuesday, 12 July 2005, in session 2 of the UCOWR conference.


Undergraduate and graduate students conducted research into experimental stream restoration techniques along Blue Hen Creek. This 200-acre headwater tributary flows for a mile through the University of Delaware Experimental Watershed before entering the White Clay Creek National Wild and Scenic River in Newark, Delaware. The objective of the research was to evaluate stream restoration techniques that would 1) work well along small tributaries (less than 5 square miles) in the hilly, rocky piedmont of northern Delaware and southeastern Pennsylvania, 2) be low cost making use of native materials such as onsite rocks and trees, and 3) have low technology demands utilizing techniques that could be installed by hand by volunteers without heavy equipment.