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Adaptive Management of Steam Corridors in Ontario including Natural Hazards Technical Guides

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From the General Overview and Introduction

This document has four main goals:

  1. To educate, through the understanding of Ontario's unique physiology, and of the relationship between the landscape and the river,
  2. To empower municipalities, practitioners, and resource managers with better decision-making abilities,
  3. To guide design practices with an adaptive environmental management model, and
  4. To integrate key provincial guidelines within a harmonized framework of watercourse management."

Useful for:

Water resource engineers
Fluvial geomorphologists
Land use planners

Additional Information

Author: Ontario, Ministry of Natural Resources and Watershed Science Centre
Publication Date: 2002
Publisher: The Queen's Printer for Ontario
ISBN: 0-9688196-0-51


  • Errata Explanation: River and Stream Systems Flooding Hazard Limit Guide, Appendix 5: Special Policy Areas (PDF)
  • pg27a, Appendix v2, figure 6.1 (PDF)
  • pg27a, Appendix v3 (PDF)


General Overview and Introduction
Understanding Stream Systems
Legislative and Policy Framework
The Formation of Steams and their Valleys
Impacts of Past and Present Landuse Practices
Stream Corridors, Form, Function, and Process
Working With Uncertainty
The Need for Change
New Management and Design Approach
Framework for Stream Corridor Management and Design
The Adaptive Management Stages
Problem Formulation (Stage 1 of the Framework)
Preliminary Planning and Assessment (Stage 2 of the Framework)
Detailed Analysis for Plannign or Design (Stage 3 of the Framework)
Implementation (Stage 4 of the Framework)
Monitoring, Evaluation, and Long-Term Adaptive Management (Stages 5, 6, and 7 of the Framework)
Institutional Aspects & Future Implications
Municipal and Institutional Applications
Working Together
Adaptive Environmental Assessment and Management for Natural Channel Systems
Terms of Reference, Little Humber Crrek
Technical Approach, Methods of Analysis - Engineering
Technical Approach, Methods of Analysis - Geomorphology
Technical Approach, Methods of Analysis - Biology/Ecology
Case Study Application - Dam Restoration Project
Case Study Example - Riverview Park and Zoo Riverbank Restoration Project Background Report
Natural Channel Systems Bibliography
Supporting Information
Natural Channel Systems, An Approach to Management and Design, 1994
Morphological Relationships of Rural Watercourses in Southern Ontario and Selected Field Methods in Fluvial Geomorphology
Database of Morphologic Characteristics of Watercourses in Southern Ontario
Assessment of Benefits of Subwatershed Planning and Naturalizing Stream Systems
Common Law Aspects of Watercourse management for Public Bodies by T. McClenaghan
Natural Hazards Technical Guides
Understanding Natural Hazards
River and Stream Systems: Flooding Hazard Limit Technical Guide
River and Stream Systems: Erosion Hazard Limit Technical Guide
Hazardous Sites Technical Guide

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