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ants, comprehensive studies concluded that the park needed to "get back to nature." This meant the removal of the offending concrete blocks, reintroducing a more natural flow, slowing down the water, eliminating invasive plants, and dealing with flood water on site, not just sending it down river. Because the Fuller Brook Park has elements of historical significance, of engineering import, and of natural consequence, there were many cooks stirring a very complex broth. "From the beginning, there was the recognition that one board or one town department would not be able to manage this project on its own," says Brandon Schmitt, the director of the NRC. "It's a major pedestrian alternative access, but it also functions as a storm water system. People typically don't think about that." Nowadays, habitat restoration dovetails nicely with erosion mitigation and the Brook Path has some nifty tricks to mimic and enhance the workings of a flood plain and a natural stream. For example, there are artifi- cial "slowdowns" inserted directly into the stream. "We have buried boulder clusters directly into the stream bed," says Jackson. "They control and change the way the water flows by creating shallow areas on one side and deep areas on the other. This creates more habitat." In addition, root masses were placed into the stream bank to add turbu- lence. Trees that fall on their own are removed because they will impede water flow. "The root masses add turbulence to the water and 63 s p r i n g 2 0 1 7 | W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e Restoring Beauty