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Backyard Streams Resources

Certified Backyard Stream Steward

Interested in becoming a Certified Backyard Stream Steward? This online course is comprised on 12 modules designed to help homeowners understand how to protect and manage their backyard streams. Learn how fundamental stream processes are related to channel shape, how stormwater impacts stream ecosystems, why stream beds and banks erode, what methods can protect and restore stream ecosystems, what permits are required to restore streams, how karst landscapes influence streams, and how to begin a watershed assessment.

Register to become a Certified Backyard Stream Steward

Have questions or comments about backyard streams? Please reach out to Amanda Gumbert, Ph.D. (amanda.gumbert@uky.edu) and Lee Moser (lee.moser@uky.edu).

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General Water Resources Information

Challenges for Urban Streams

Backyard Stream Basics

Fluvial Geomorphology

Ecosystem Services

Streambank Erosion

Riparian Buffer Vegetation

Stream Restoration


Low Impact Development (LID)



Watershed Assessment

Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government (LFUCG) Resources


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