Returning streams to the
open restores their function
as green infrastructure.
“The practice of daylighting is really in its infancy, but
the idea that we can in some cases bring streams out of
pipes and to the surface is really attractive to people,”
says Laura Craig, an associate director at American Rivers, a nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C.
“On the East Coast, many of our cities have 70 percent or more of their streams and rivers underground.”
By Brad Broberg
Streams are a simple but valuable natural gift. They abate flooding and remove pol- lutants while adding beauty and value to the land around them. No design or con- struction needed. At least not much. That’s just what streams do as they glide and tumble along their natural course.
But thousands of streams no longer follow their natural
course. Hijacked to carry wastewater or paved over to
make way for development, they travel in underground
pipes, contributing little to the quality of life above as
they flow through the darkness below.
Most will remain buried forever, trapped and forgotten
beneath buildings, streets and parking lots. Yet a select
few are being uncovered — at least in part — through
the growing practice of daylighting.
�aylighting UNCOVERING THE NATURAL BENEFITS OF HIDDEN STREAMS
Saw Mill River