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Sharon Moran


A stream in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Guess whether upstream areas were recently urbanized.

Research Interests

What do we want in our watersheds?

When a restoration project gets planned for a local waterway, what, exactly, is being restored - the stream itself? The land use practices in the watershed? Or the community's relationship to the stream? Who is the 'we,' and who decides? My research examines the political construction of stream restoration initiatives, as well as their policy implications.

  • Moran, Sharon, Meredith Perreault, and Richard Smardon. 2019. Finding Our Way: A Case Study of Urban Waterway Restoration and Participatory Process, Landscape and Urban Planning, November,
  • (BOOK) Smardon, Richard, Sharon Moran, and April Baptiste. 2018, Revitalizing Urban Waterway Communities: Streams of Justice. Routledge.
  • Moran, Sharon. 2010. Cities, Creeks, and Erasure: Stream Restoration and Environmental Justice, October, Environmental Justice.
  • Moran, Sharon. 2007. Stream Restoration Projects: A Critical Analysis of Urban Greening. Local Environment 12(2): 111-128.
  • Moran, Sharon. 2003. Stream Restoration as a Seminar Theme: Opportunities for Synthesis and Integration. Journal of Geography, January/February 2003.


Recent book on stream restoration and environmental justice.