Restoration of Degraded Rivers: Challenges, Issues and Experiences

Restoration of Degraded Rivers: Challenges, Issues and Experiences

by Daniel Loucks
     
 

There have been frequent, extensive efforts made over recent decades to develop and manage water resource systems to meet multiple purposes and objectives, especially for large rivers. Control of the spatial and temporal distribution of water in those rivers in order to meet more effectively a variety of economic in-stream and off-stream purposes and uses and

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There have been frequent, extensive efforts made over recent decades to develop and manage water resource systems to meet multiple purposes and objectives, especially for large rivers. Control of the spatial and temporal distribution of water in those rivers in order to meet more effectively a variety of economic in-stream and off-stream purposes and uses and increased point and non-point pollutant loadings has often reduced the health of the rivers' aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems, and decreased the rivers' floodplain and wetland areas. The result has been a loss in ecosystem biodiversity and reduced self-purification capacities and an increase in the magnitude of the peak flows - and economic damage - accompanying major floods.
This book focuses on the central issue of how best to design, manage and operate water control facilities so as to meet ecological and environmental as well as economic objectives - objectives that in some ways may be in conflict with one another. Numerous case examples are described, covering the restoration needs and activities taking place in river basins in Central Asia, Eastern and Western Europe and North America. Methods of organising, planning, financing, managing and negotiating agreements associated with river rehabilitation activities are also presented.

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Addresses various issues related to the rehabilitation of degraded river systems in Central Asia, Australia, Europe, and North America. After overviews on the importance of planning and management, case studies raise and attempt to answer questions concerning problems and solutions in rehabilitation of water resources. Material on methodologies in the field describes the latest research in areas such as computer-generated restoration plans, financing of environmental rehabilitation, and GIS-aided modeling of groundwater situations in open pit mining areas. Most papers are from an October 1995 workshop held in Yaroslavl, Russia. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9789048149919
Publisher:
Springer Netherlands
Publication date:
01/11/2011
Series:
Nato Science Partnership Subseries: 2 (closed), #39
Edition description:
Softcover reprint of hardcover 1st ed. 1998
Pages:
484
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.04(d)

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