USDA Forest Service. Restoration of Meadow. The headcut was advancing at approximately 2-feet/year, and would have completely de-watered the meadow in less than two decades. Arresting headcut advancement was critical to the long term health of the meadow. Riffle augmentation by native sod plug (i.e., increasing the riffle crest elevation) was used along the length of a small, moderately incised stream channel to elevate channel grade (increasing accessibility to its floodplain), back-water knick points, and produce ground water mounding (i.e., “Functional Lift”) along the channel alignment. This was done in an effort to increase soil moisture and water sequestration in the meadow, allowing for more late-season water availability.