The water trail provides opportunities for communities to develop and implement strategies that enhance and restore the health of the local waterways and surrounding lands.
Green infrastructure uses vegetation, soils, and natural processes to filter water, reduce flash-flooding, prevent sewer overflows, and create healthier urban environments.
Cleanups and Invasive Plant Removal
Trash cleanups along rivers and removal of invasive plant species.
The Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area partners with the Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeepers on a number of conservation strategies, including a yearly clean-up
of the river.
Methods of protecting land may include acquisition, conservation easements, local ordinances for riparian protection, zoning changes, and other legal acts.
Metropolitan River Protection Act (Georgia)
The Chattahoochee National River and Recreation Area is partnering with the Trust for Public Land to help protect land along the river.
Ecological restoration initiates or accelerates the recovery of an ecosystem's health, integrity and sustainability. Often the ecosystem has been degraded, damaged, or destroyed as a result of human activities and cannot recover its predisturbance state or its historic developmental trajectory.
Bronx Oyster Reef Construction
Oysters filter large amounts of water, cleaning it and creating a better habitat for fish, crabs, worms and barnacles. In 2010, partner groups worked together to construct a reef in the Bronx River so that young oysters would have a place to attach and grow.
Monitoring and Inventory
Activities including water quality testing and monitoring, weather tracking, brownfields monitoring, mapping existing vegetation types, flood tracking and mapping.
Island Loop trail put on a stream monitoring day and created this stream leaders flyer.
Planning documents specifically focused on conservation. Also listed in the planning section of the toolbox.
Composting Toilets on the Atchafalaya Water Trail
The Atchafalaya water trail planned to install composting toilets built by staff and volunteers. These composting toilets can be installed in locations without running water, they do not waste freshwater, and they require no energy to run, although they do require some maintenance.