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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Title: Perspective on River Channel Restoration

Authors
item Brookes, A - NATL. RIVERS AUTHORITY UK
item Shields Jr, Fletcher

Submitted to: River Channel Restoration
Publication Type: Book / Chapter
Publication Acceptance Date: September 15, 1996
Publication Date: N/A

Interpretive Summary: Ecological resources and amenities associated with many stream corridors have been degraded or destroyed by channelization and lack of watershed conservation practices. This paper is the introductory chapter of a textbook designed to provide guidance to those who plan, design and manage river restoration projects. The chapter provides definitions, surveys the history of river restoration, identifies key issues and related literature, and describes the content of the rest of the book. The book emphasizes experiences with existing projects in the U.S. and northern Europe. This book will provide practical guidelines to engineers, scientists, and landowners seeking to restore environmental values associated with streams and rivers.

Technical Abstract: River and stream restoration projects are growing in popularity, but guidance for designers is widely scattered in the literature, and tends to be somewhat regionalized. This paper is the introductory chapter of a book that seeks to provide practical guidance suitable for global application. Instead of design to meet habitat requirements of a single species, the approach advocated focuses on restoring natural abiotic properties of the channel, floodplain, and catchment. Integration of temporal, spatial, and disciplinary viewpoints is stressed. Terms describing restoration are defined, and the history of restoration and associated literature are surveyed. A project management procedure is introduced, and an overview of the remainder of the book is provided

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