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Platforms provide an opportunity to develop a large stretch of habitat and planting, along with providing habitat connectivity. If water is brought to the surface of a platform, a riparian habitat can be created along with upland, drier habitat. This cross section can support a wide variety of species and plant communities, from large mammals to amphibians to perennial freshwater wetlands to California walnut woodlands.
Before implementation, hydraulic impacts of the platform must be studied. Ensuring wildlife access to the platform is also crucial for its success as a habitat.