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Pyramid Framework

This page includes a wide variety of information about the Stream Functions Pyramid Framework and its application. Check this page frequently for new versions of the Stream Quantification Tool and more.

  • Click here to download the Functional Framework for Stream Assessment and Restoration
  • Click here to download Rapid Assessment Methodology. Click here to download the Rapid Assessment Spreadsheet Forms
  • NC Stream Quantification Tool v3.0 - This is the QT populated with performance standards from NC streams. If you are interested in using the QT in another state, send me a note ( and I'll let you know which parameters and performance standards need to be changed.
  • SQT Spreadsheet User Manual - A user document on how to enter data and operate the SQT

  • SQT - Data Collection and Analysis Manual - A user manual on how to collect and analyze field data in preparation for use with the SQT. This document includes the catchment assessment form and a rapid-assessment field form. 

  • NC Quantification Tool v 3.0 Example - This version has been populated with a fictional project to demonstrate how the QT works. It includes reach-scale restoration with a BMP on an adjacent ephemeral tributary.
  • List of Metrics - The Workbook includes a list of all the parameters and measurement methods with their corresponding performance standards. The performance standards are shown as min and max values for each functional category (functioning, functioning-at-risk, and not functioning) along with notes. The stratification methods are also provided for each measurement method. Finally, each performance standard includes a source reference.
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Click here to download Riparian Buffer Vegetation Evaluation Methods.
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