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Riparian Restoration Projects in Other Cities

Fall Colors On Boise River Greenbelt

  Fall colors, Boise River Greenbelt, by Jason Abbott

The Greenway Foundation estimates that $100 million invested in green improvements to the South Platte Watershed from the Headwaters to the Denver Metropolitan Area (Colorado) and its tributaries has facilitated more than $10 billion in residential and commercial development throughout the Denver metro area. That’s a very good return on investment. And that doesn’t even include the additional dollar value of air and water quality and public health benefits from green infrastructure.

--Environmental Protection Agency:  19 Designated Urban Waters

The following are just a small sampling of the great American cities that have undertaken ambitious riparian restoration projects:

City State River Acres

length (miles)

Anchorage AK Eagle River restoration      
Boise ID Boise River Greenbelt   25  
Boston MA Charles River 8,000 80  
Bridgeport CT Pequonnock River      
Buffalo NY Niagara River      
Cincinnati OH Mill Creek Greenway   28  
Dallas TX White Rock Creek and Trinity River      
Denver CO Bear Creek      
Denver CO South Platte River     $100 million
Elizabeth NJ Elizabeth River Trail Project      
Lawrence MA Spicket River Greenway   17.7 $10 million
Louisville KY Floyd's Fork Parklands 4,000 20 $125 million


CA Matolle watershed restoration      
New Orleans LA Mississippi River and Lake Pntchartrain      
Portland OR Johnston Creek, Willamette River   26  
Portland OR Willamette and Columbia      
Provo UT Provo River      
Sacramento CA American River Parkway   23 $1 million
Sacramento CA Sacramento River Greenway Plan, 1992   30  
San Diego CA Chollas Creek, San Diego Harbor   32  
San Diego CA San Diego River Park Plan      
Sommerville MA Mystic River   7  
Washington DC Anacostia River   ? ?
Yonkers NY Sawmill River & Hudson River   19 $17 million