"A humble yet powerful method for working effectively with water systems is explained in an easy-to-use manual format. The [authors'] aim is to empower people, groups, and organizations to begin to address significant water challenges, and to create the healthy and vibrant water communities and landscapes that everybody desires.
"Importantly, the method and strategies are explained in a way that they can begin to be used immediately with positive results by anyone who cares about water in their landscape. At the same time, for teams or individuals who have such skill sets and are eager to put them to work, all of the scientific detail and precision math of stream-dynamics engineering are also given for practical use. . . . Truly one-stop shopping to tackle a hands-on stream-restorative project at almost any scale.
"If you are a land owner, student of ecology, restoration, or water, rancher, natural resource agency, watershed health group, fisherman or water recreationist, ecological consultant, university, wildlife promoter, or just an active lover of life and want to know more about how you can help enlarge life's most critical resource in a simple and hands-on way, this book needs to be in your library. Better yet, take it out in the field with others and let the meanders flow! Working together with our water to create more system health gives our land, our farms, and our communities the gift of more stability and resilience and a surer future."
—Owen Hablutzel, Permaculture whole systems design and holistic-management certified educator
Let the Water Do the Work is an important contribution to riparian restoration. By “thinking like a creek,” one can harness the regenerative power of floods to reshape stream banks and rebuild floodplains along gullied stream channels. Induced Meandering is an artful blend of the natural sciences – geomorphology, hydrology and ecology – which govern channel forming processes. Induced Meandering directly challenges the dominant paradigm of river and creek stabilization by promoting the intentional erosion of selected banks while fostering deposition of eroded materials on an evolving floodplain. The river self-heals as the growth of native riparian vegetation accelerates the meandering process.
Not all stream channel types are appropriate for Induced Meandering, yet the Induced Meandering philosophy of “going with the flow” can inform all stream restoration projects. Induced meandering strives to understand rivers as timeless entities governed by immutable rules serving their watersheds, setting their own timetables, and coping with their own realities as they carry mountains grain by grain to the sea.
Anyone with an interest in natural resource management in these uncertain times should read this book and put these ideas to work.
About the Authors
Innovator of the Induced Meandering concept, brings a lifetime of experience in natural resource conservation to the practice of river, wetland and riparian restoration. Upon retiring from the U.S. Forest Service with thirty-four years experience in habitat management, Bill founded a small consulting business with the mission of motivating others by developing and advancing simple techniques for healing incised streams and gullied wetlands. He has prepared training materials and conducted numerous hands-on workshops involving professionals, laymen, and volunteers alike. His methods have been adopted by federal, state, and tribal agencies, landowners and conservation organizations, and acclaimed by teachers, scientists, and ...
Van Clothier is involved in stream, wetland, and water harvesting projects all over New Mexico and Southeast Arizona. He has a degree in physics from the University of California and is a student of Dr. David Rosgen. Van has been an apprentice of Bill Zeedyk since 2003 and his company, Stream Dynamics, Inc., provides consultation and on-the-ground work for water harvesting earthworks, stream and arroyo improvement, erosion control, and road maintenance. ...