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Although step-pools are increasingly used in stream restoration to stabilize steep channels, few studies have examined artificially manipulated step-pool systems after restoration. Whereas monitoring efforts have emphasized morphological change within restored systems, knowledge of the ecological potential for restoration using step-pool sequences is particularly incomplete. Baxter Creek (El Cerrito, Contra Costa County) and Codornices Creek (Berkeley, Alameda County) in California provide two unique cases of restored step-pool systems with which to assess post-restoration responses. Since restoration was completed in 1996 and 2003, respectively, Baxter Creek and Codornices Creek have achieved geomorphic stability, characterized by maximum flow resistance and minor change...

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