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Peters Brook, Somerville, facing downstream towards Cliff St. bridge
Since we have an interest in the Peters Brook in Somerville for several projects, I took a trip out today after the rain had stopped to see what the Peters Brook looked like. By the time this photo was taken, the peak stage had already passed and the waters were receding. The Peters Brook over-topped its banks and was carry quite a bit of sediment. Most of this photograph is showing land that is now covered by the high flows of the stream.
Here's what this spot looks like in normal flows from the top of the bridge facing upstream (at Cliff Street, Somerville):
(taken December 2008)
The Peters Brook Greenway is a great way to spend some quality time with this stream!
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Here we have an example of streambank erosion along the Peters Brook in Somerville, NJ. Streambank erosion is a result of high velocity and/or high volume flows during rain events. The problem is compounded by impervious pavement and pipes that deliver stormwater to the stream before it can infiltrate or evapotranspirate. Homeowners can reduce stormwater runoff by installing a rain barrel or a rain garden.