The self-forming channel design seeks to construct a state from which a stream suited to the hydrogeomorphic setting develops through succession. Since 2005, twenty-six self-forming stream designs have been constructed and tracked. Nine have been monitored intensively (green and red pins). Results suggest that the projects are following a trajectory consistent with channel evolution models, which describe channel succession, and are developing through predictable and highly functional stages. Three self-forming stream projects are provided as case studies (red pins).
The following fact sheets provide case study examples of the range of applications of the self-forming channel design in Ohio: