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Updated: 07/26/2021

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StreamNotes is an aquatic and riparian systems publication that has the objective of facilitating knowledge transfer from research and development to on-the-ground application, through technical articles, case studies, and news items. Stream related topics include hydrology, fluvial geomorphology, aquatic biology, riparian plant ecology, and climate change.

StreamNotes was previously published from 1992 through 2012 by the Stream Systems Technology Center (Stream Team).  1992 - 2012 editions are posted on Archived StreamNotes (1992-2012).  These editions are being updated to be 508 accessible and will be posted as processed.  If there is a specific edition you need, please contact us.

We would appreciate seeing your comments and suggestions. We would be especially interested in specific topics you would be interested in seeing covered in StreamNotes, as well as potential case studies to be featured. Please include author suggestions.



Summer 2021 (PDF, 1.7 MB, 8 pages)

  • Ungulate Grazing Relationships with Riparian Restoration: Meadow Creek Experiment
  • Notices and Technical Tips


February 2020 (PDF, 2.2 MB, 8 pages)

  • The Stream Evolution Triangle
  • Notices and Technical Tips
  • Managing for Large Wood and Beaver Dams: A New General Technical Report


October 2019 (PDF, 3.4 MB, 10 pages)

  • Flood Potential: A New Method for Quantifying and Communicating the Magnitude and Spatial Variability of Floods
  • Notices and Technical Tips
  • WooDDAM: A Framework for Monitoring and Understanding Natural and Engineered Wood Jams


November 2018 (PDF, 3.4 MB, 10 pages)

  • Hydropower Development Presents Unique Challenges for Protecting Streams
  • Notices and Technical Tips
  • Overview of the 2018 Water Year: Drought Develops Across the Western U.S.


August 2018 (PDF, 3.8 MB, 10 pages)

  • Aquatic Biodiversity from a Bottle of Water: Using eDNA to Understand Species Richness
  • Notices and Technical Tips
  • Pilot Study for Multiple Aquatic Invasive Species Monitoring


May 2018 (PDF, 4.6 MB, 14 pages)

  • Deer Creek: Stage 0 Alluvial Valley Restoration in the Western Cascades of Oregon
  • Notices and Technical Tips
  • Downstream Warming and Headwater Acidity May Diminish Coldwater Habitat in Southern Appalachian Mountain Streams
  • The National Riparian Core Protocol – a Roadmap for Riparian Vegetation Monitoring along Wadeable Streams


February 2018 (PDF, 4.1 MB, 12 pages)

  • Partnerships are Key for a Decade of Stream Restoration on the Tongass National Forest
  • Notices and Technical Tips
  • Decommissioning Unpaved Forest Roads: Alternatives and Effectiveness
  • Mid-Winter Drought Update: La Niña Impacts Snowpack Conditions Across the West


November 2017 (PDF, 3.1 MB, 12 pages)

  • Thermal Networks – Do You Really Mean It?
  • Notices and Technical Tips
  • Tools for Understanding Riparian Vegetation Distribution using a Plant Guilds Approach


August 2017 (PDF, 2.2 MB, 10 pages)

  • The Science and Prediction of Post-Fire Debris Flows in the Western United States
  • Notices and Technical Tips
  • Predicting Erosion Risk during Large Floods


May 2017 (PDF, 1.9 MB, 10 pages)

  • Fuel-Reduction Treatments in Riparian Areas
  • Notices and Technical Tips
  • Understanding Environmental Flows in Desert Rivers of the U.S. and Mexico through the Desert Flows Database
  • Flow Resistance Coefficient Selection in Natural Channels: A Spreadsheet Tool


February 2017 (PDF, 2.9 MB, 12 pages)

  • Resurrection Creek: A Large Scale Stream Restoration on the Kenai Peninsula of Alaska
  • Notices and Technical Tips
  • Fire Effects on Road Sediment Production and Delivery
  • Mid-Winter Drought Update: Wet Winter Storms Bring Relief to the West


November 2016 (PDF, 2.53 MB, 10 pages)

  • Can Beaver Dams Mitigate Water Scarcity Caused by Climate Change and Population Growth?
  • Notices and Technical Tips
  • Mediating Water Temperature Increases Due to Livestock and Global Change in High-Elevation Meadow Streams
  • Coarse Particulate Organic Matter Transport in Mountain Channels


August 2016 (PDF, 1.9 MB, 10 pages)

  • Developing a Riparian Planting Plan
  • A National Habitat Conservation System
  • Notices and Technical Tips
  • Local Habitat Conditions can Safeguard Trout against Forest Harvest and Climate Change
  • Development of Online Tools to Support GIS Watershed Analyses


May 2016 (PDF, 1.4 MB, 10 pages)

  • Case Study: Jackknife Creek Watershed Restoration
  • Notices and Technical Tips
  • Environmental DNA (eDNA) Sampling
  • Wildcat5 for Windows


February 2016 (PDF, 2.4 MB, 10 pages)

  • A Rapid Response Database in Support of Post-Fire Hydrological Modeling
  • Notices and Technical Tips
  • Mid-Winter Drought Conditions: El Niño Storms Bring Much-Needed Relief


November 2015 (PDF, 1.89 MB, 12 pages)

  • Effects of Historical Logging on Rivers in the Lake States
  • Obituary Daniel Sarr (1964-2015)
  • Notices and Technical Tips
  • Geospatial Visualization Tools for Understanding Environmental Complexities
  • Riparian Guilds and Disturbance
  • Postdoctoral Scholar Opportunity: Flow Regimes and Riparian Plant-Guild Population Modeling


August 2015 (PDF, 2.84 MB, 10 pages)

  • Improving Management of Livestock Disturbance in Riparian Zones on Federal Land
  • Notices and Technical Tips
  • New Tools for Velocity and Flow Resistance Prediction in High-Gradient Streams
  • Instream Cover and Shade Mediate Avian Predation on Trout in Semi-Natural Streams
  • Drought Update: West Coast Record-Dry Conditions Continue


June 2015 (PDF, 1.93 MB, 10 pages)

  • Case Study: Restoration of the Camp Polk Meadow Preserve on Whychus Creek
  • Notices and Technical Tips
  • Western Drought Update: California's Record-Dry Conditions Continue
  • Reintroducing StreamNotes, the Tech Transfer Newsletter of the National Stream and Aquatic Ecology Center


TS-102 (2014-2) StreamNotes: Work Plan for Renewed Publication. Steven E Yochum, David H. Levinson (PDF, 69.7 KB)



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