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River restoration: the fuzzy logic of repairing reaches to reverse catchment scale degradation.

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Bernhardt, ES; Palmer, MA
Published in: Ecological applications : a publication of the Ecological Society of America
September 2011

River restoration is an increasingly common approach utilized to reverse past degradation of freshwater ecosystems and to mitigate the anticipated damage to freshwaters from future development and resource-extraction activities. While the practice of river restoration has grown exponentially over the last several decades, there has been little empirical evaluation of whether restoration projects individually or cumulatively achieve the legally mandated goals of improving the structure and function of streams and rivers. New efforts to evaluate river restoration projects that use channel reconfiguration as a methodology for improving stream ecosystem structure and function are finding little evidence for measurable ecological improvement. While designed channels may have less-incised banks and greater sinuousity than the degraded streams they replace, these reach-scale efforts do not appear to be effectively mitigating the physical, hydrological, or chemical alterations that are responsible for the loss of sensitive taxa and the declines in water quality that typically motivate restoration efforts. Here we briefly summarize this new literature, including the collection of papers within this Invited Feature, and provide our perspective on the limitations of current restoration.

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Ecological applications : a publication of the Ecological Society of America

DOI

ISSN

1051-0761

Publication Date

September 2011

Volume

21

Issue

6

Start / End Page

1926 / 1931

Related Subject Headings

  • Rivers
  • Fuzzy Logic
  • Environmental Restoration and Remediation
  • Environmental Monitoring
  • Ecosystem
  • Ecology
  • Conservation of Natural Resources
  • 41 Environmental sciences
  • 31 Biological sciences
  • 30 Agricultural, veterinary and food sciences
 

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Bernhardt, E. S., & Palmer, M. A. (2011). River restoration: the fuzzy logic of repairing reaches to reverse catchment scale degradation. Ecological Applications : A Publication of the Ecological Society of America, 21(6), 1926–1931. https://doi.org/10.1890/10-1574.1
Bernhardt, Emily S., and Margaret A. Palmer. “River restoration: the fuzzy logic of repairing reaches to reverse catchment scale degradation.Ecological Applications : A Publication of the Ecological Society of America 21, no. 6 (September 2011): 1926–31. https://doi.org/10.1890/10-1574.1.
Bernhardt ES, Palmer MA. River restoration: the fuzzy logic of repairing reaches to reverse catchment scale degradation. Ecological applications : a publication of the Ecological Society of America. 2011 Sep;21(6):1926–31.
Bernhardt, Emily S., and Margaret A. Palmer. “River restoration: the fuzzy logic of repairing reaches to reverse catchment scale degradation.Ecological Applications : A Publication of the Ecological Society of America, vol. 21, no. 6, Sept. 2011, pp. 1926–31. Epmc, doi:10.1890/10-1574.1.
Bernhardt ES, Palmer MA. River restoration: the fuzzy logic of repairing reaches to reverse catchment scale degradation. Ecological applications : a publication of the Ecological Society of America. 2011 Sep;21(6):1926–1931.
Journal cover image

Published In

Ecological applications : a publication of the Ecological Society of America

DOI

ISSN

1051-0761

Publication Date

September 2011

Volume

21

Issue

6

Start / End Page

1926 / 1931

Related Subject Headings

  • Rivers
  • Fuzzy Logic
  • Environmental Restoration and Remediation
  • Environmental Monitoring
  • Ecosystem
  • Ecology
  • Conservation of Natural Resources
  • 41 Environmental sciences
  • 31 Biological sciences
  • 30 Agricultural, veterinary and food sciences