Check out the cover story of the July 4, 2011 issue of Engineering and News Record:
http://enr.construction.com/buildings/construction_methods/2011/0704-artfulbalancing.asp

It’s ironic that ENR features this project in the same issue that lists the top green design firms.  Placing this project in the ravine and stream bed means it will have irreversible and devastating impacts to the stream valley, the aquatic habitat of the stream, fish passage, and riparian connectivity. By fragmenting the forest, it will also facilitate the invasion and spread of invasive species, change the microclimate of the stream valley and cause the extinction of forest interior dwelling species.  The effects the ponds will have on aquatic habitat will be many.  “A creek runs through it.” Will we ever learn?

Further Reading

Restoring Nature’s Green Infrastructure: Streams, Wetlands, and Floodplains
Regenerative Real Estate: Ecosystem-based approaches with Keith Bowers
Biodiversity and the Farm of the Future
Living on the Edge: National Best Practices in Coastal Resilience
Imagine the Wall

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