An article in the December 2014 issue of the DEC’s own magazine, Conservationist, discusses the importance of stream equilibrium, or a stream’s ability to “pass water and sediment during small and large flood events, and then regain its natural shape.” The article, which addresses learning from past floods in New York and how to better handle future ones, states: “stream sections can become unstable when human activity upsets that equilibrium and alters the stream’s ability to move its water and sediment effectively. When this happens, the stream can become a source of flooding for communities located along its banks.”

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