The Burroughs Hollow Stream Restoration Project is approximately 940 linear feet of stream channel and riparian habitat restoration on Burroughs Hollow which is a first order tributary to Blackburn Fork in Jackson County, Tennessee.
Goals for the project included:
- improving aquatic habitat by introducing riffle–pool sequences, adding large woody debris in the form of root- wads and log vanes
- restore a native bottomland hardwood riparian forest along the project
- improve site hydrology by reconnecting the stream channel to its original floodplain.
The restored stream channel has re-captured groundwater lost since it was historically relocated against the toe-of-slope and a levee was built to essentially “dry-up” the floodplain. Construction of riffle-pool sequences using native substrate material has improved aquatic habitat diversity. Riparian restoration efforts have established native trees and shrubs along the riparian corridor that provide a diversity of forest structure, wildlife forage value, filtering capacity, soil stability, and riparian habitat.