Photos - Impacted Primary Headwater Streams

Impacted primary headwater streams

Impacts to individual small streams may not be as noticeable as impacts to larger streams. However, the cumulative effects of such impacts over a relatively large area and over time can be quite substantial. The 1st photo shows an un-impacted primary headwater stream. The 2nd photo shows the area being developed resulting in the degradation of the primary headwater stream. The 3rd photo shows a larger stream which is "fed" by primary headwater streams such as that shown in the 1st photo. The question that needs to be raised is "How much degradation can occur to these small primary headwater streams before there are declines in the larger streams into which they feed?"

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Unimpacted PHWH stream

Degraded PHWH stream

Stream fed by PHWH streams

 

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