Articles | Volume 20, issue 8
Research article
26 Aug 2016
Research article |  | 26 Aug 2016

Stream restoration and sewers impact sources and fluxes of water, carbon, and nutrients in urban watersheds

Michael J. Pennino, Sujay S. Kaushal, Paul M. Mayer, Ryan M. Utz, and Curtis A. Cooper


Interactive discussion

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ED: Reconsider after major revisions (09 May 2016) by Andrea Butturini
AR by Michael Pennino on behalf of the Authors (18 May 2016)  Author's response 
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (25 May 2016) by Andrea Butturini
RR by Anonymous Referee #2 (25 Jul 2016)
ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (26 Jul 2016) by Andrea Butturini
AR by Michael Pennino on behalf of the Authors (03 Aug 2016)  Author's response   Manuscript 
Short summary
The goal of this study was to compare how differences in urban stream restoration and sanitary infrastructure affect sources and fluxes of water and nutrients. Stream restoration reduced peak discharge and lowered nutrient export compared to unrestored streams, but was similar to a stream with upland stormwater management. The primary source of nitrate at all sites was leaky sanitary sewers, suggesting that combining stream restoration with sanitary pipe repairs may help reduce nutrient loads.