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Manual of River Restoration Techniques


The River Restoration Centre (RRC) Manual of River Restoration Techniques aims to help river managers identify potential restoration techniques for use in river restoration and sustainable river management. First issued in 1997, it provides detailed examples of innovative and best-practice river restoration techniques, and now includes 68 case examples from 39 sites across the UK which can be downloaded freely as PDFs. Covers techniques such as restoring meanders, opening up culverted streams, creating floodplain wetlands, strengthening river banks using natural materials, adding riffles and gravel beds, and removing fish barriers.


Guidance type/project stage

  • Ecosystem restoration


  • Freshwater
  • Rivers

Challenges addressed

  • Biodiversity
  • Natural flood management
  • Water quality

Source | The River Restoration Centre

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