The natural flow regime: A paradigm for river conservation and restoration

LeRoy POFF, J.D. Allan, M.B. Bain, J.R. Karr, K.L. Prestegaard, B.D. Richter, R.E. Sparks, J.C. Stromberg

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Abstract

Humans have long been fascinated by the dynamism of free-flowing waters. Yet we have expected great effort to tame rivers for transportation, water supply, flood control, agriculture, and power generation. It is now recognized that harnessing the streams and rivers comes at great cost: Many rivers no longer support socially valued native species or sustain healthy ecosystems that provide important goods and services (Naiman et al. 1995, NRC 1992)
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)769-784
Number of pages17
JournalBioscience
Volume47
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 1997
Externally publishedYes

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POFF, L., Allan, J. D., Bain, M. B., Karr, J. R., Prestegaard, K. L., Richter, B. D., ... Stromberg, J. C. (1997). The natural flow regime: A paradigm for river conservation and restoration. Bioscience, 47(11), 769-784.