To Revive a River, Restore Its Hidden Gut

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  • A stream’s gut, the hyporheic zone has different water chemistry, temperature and life-forms than those found in the stream above and in the groundwater below.
  • Biologist Katherine Lynch hoped to help restore the stream’s gut to help Thornton Creek better maintain itself, and help set a new standard for urban stream restoration.
  • Her interest, research, and scientific findings has convinced  Seattle Public Utilities and other city decision-makers of the importance of a stream’s gut and to make hyporheic restoration a formal part of the utilities’ creek projects.

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