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Stream assessments are a evaluation of the physical, chemical, and biological characteristics of a stream or river ecosystem. It aims to gauge the overall health and ecological condition. This assessment often involves measuring factors such as water quality, habitat conditions, and the presence of aquatic species to inform conservation and restoration efforts.
If you are planning a development that requires changes to the stream environment, a Stream Assessment or Stream Ecological Valuation (SEV) is required. Examples include adding a culvert or filling in part of a stream.
An SEV assesses stream functions and develops a plan to offset negative impacts on the stream. This valuation is essential for understanding the importance of streams and rivers in natural ecosystems and human societies, and making informed decisions about their management and conservation.