California Rivers and Streams

The Conflict Between Fluvial Process and Land Use
Author: Jeffrey F. Mount
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 9780520916937
Category: Nature
Page: 376
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California Rivers and Streams provides a clear and informative overview of the physical and biological processes that shape California's rivers and watersheds. Jeffrey Mount introduces relevant basic principles of hydrology and geomorphology and applies them to an understanding of the differences in character of the state's many rivers. He then builds on this foundation by evaluating the impact on waterways of different land use practices—logging, mining, agriculture, flood control, urbanization, and water supply development. Water may be one of California's most valuable resources, but it is far from being one we control. In spite of channels, levees, lines and dams, the state's rivers still frequently flood, with devastating results. Almost all the rivers in California are dammed or diverted; with the booming population, there will be pressure for more intervention. Mount argues that Californians know little about how their rivers work and, more importantly, how and why land-use practices impact rivers. The forceful reconfiguration and redistribution of the rivers has already brought the state to a critical crossroads. California Rivers and Streams forces us to reevaluate our use of the state's rivers and offers a foundation for participating in the heated debates about their future.

River Ecology and Management

Lessons from the Pacific Coastal Ecoregion
Author: Robert Naiman,Robert E. Bilby,S. Kantor
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 9780387952468
Category: Nature
Page: 705
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Today, with unprecedented demands on streams and rivers by an exponentially increasing human population, a basic ecological understanding of the structure and dynamics of running waters is essential for formulating sound management and policy decisions. The interface between the science and policy of natural resource management is illustrated by examples from the Pacific coastal ecoregion, including the protection of riparian forest, the marbled murrelet, salmon, and amphibians.

A Journey in the Future of Water


Author: Terje Tvedt
Publisher: I.B.Tauris
ISBN: 0857734512
Category: Science
Page: 280
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Nourished by fears of global warming and climate change, water has become an issue of international concern. In Journey in the Future of Water leading water expert, TerjeTvedt, travels to 25 countries and all continents to find out more about the ways in which different nations are seeking to respond. From Project Moses, where gigantic underwater gates will rise to prevent the inundation of Venice, to India's River Link Plan, connecting 37 Himalayan rivers to major rivers in the south, the author examines the world’s largest engineering projects, travels the great river valleys, visits ‘the largest ocean under the Earth’, and major cities of the world, to explore water’s determining role in the life of the planet. The most comprehensive and accessible account of global water issues to date.

River Restoration

Managing the Uncertainty in Restoring Physical Habitat
Author: Stephen Darby,David Sear
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 0470867078
Category: Science
Page: 328
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River restoration projects are designed to recreate functional characteristics within a context of physical stability. They tend to focus on the development and application of geomorphic principles for river restoration design. Due to different models obtaining different results on the same problem, incomplete or absent data, and climatic/social/cultural changes, the designers and managers of such projects frequently face high levels of uncertainty. This book will provide a systematic overview of the issues involved in minimizing and coping with uncertainty in river restoration projects. A series of thematic sections will be used to define the various sources of uncertainty in restoration projects and how these show at different points in the life cycle (design, construction and post-construction phases) of restoration projects. The structure of the book will offer a rational theoretical analysis of the problem while providing practical guidance in managing the different sources of uncertainty. A wide range of case studies will be included from Europe, North America and Australasia

Changing Rivers and Streams

The Effects of Anthropogenic Alteration of Riparian Systems on Mimulus Guttatus
Author: Bret D. Elderd
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Dams
Page: 248
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Rivers of America


Author: Tim Palmer
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams
ISBN: N.A
Category: Nature
Page: 223
View: 1971

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Captures the natural wonders of America's waterways with nearly two hundred photographs, in a collection that includes essays on the vital environmental role of rivers in human life.

Natural Disasters

Floods : a Reference Handbook
Author: Eugene Willard Miller,Ruby M. Miller
Publisher: Abc-Clio Incorporated
ISBN: N.A
Category: Nature
Page: 286
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A thorough overview of the phenomenon of flooding, including frequency, damage, and information about organizations that help flood victims.

River Ecology and Management

Lessons from the Pacific Coastal Ecoregion
Author: Robert J. Naiman
Publisher: Springer Verlag
ISBN: 9780387983233
Category: Science
Page: 705
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Touching all parts of the natural environment and nearly all aspects of human culture, streams and rivers act as centers of organization within landscapes. They provide natural resources such as fish and clean water, transportation, energy, diffusion of wastes, and recreation. Today, with unprecedented demands on streams and rivers by an exponentially increasing human population, a basic ecological understanding of the structure and dynamics of running waters is essential for formulating sound management and policy decisions. The vast Pacific coastal ecoregion of the United States contains an extraordinary array of physical settings and examples of the range of dynamics associated with rivers and their management. The interface between the science and policy of natural resource management is illustrated by examples from this ecoregion, including the protection of riparian forest, the marbled murrelet, salmon, and amphibians. River Ecology and Management: Lessons from the Pacific Coastal Ecoregion includes sections on the Physical Environment, the Biotic Environment, Ecosystem Processes, Management, and Recommendations for the Future. Specific topics include channel dynamics, hydrology, water quality, microbial processes, primary production, fish and wildlife, riparian forest dynamics, organic matter and trophic dynamics, biogeochemical cycling, maintaining biodiversity, monitoring and assessment, economic perspectives, legal considerations, and the role of non-governmental organizations in river management. "The wealth of science and literature in the book renders it a useful summary and reference for aquatic and watershed researchers, and most of the concepts and applications extend beyond the ecoregionA.The lessons to be learned from the history, conceptual paradigms, research findings, and management approaches presented in this book are many and varied." --Ecology

Annual Editions

Geology
Author: Doug Sherman
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780070393967
Category: Geology
Page: 240
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This reader of public press articles addresses the current state of Earth and the changes it faces; world populations and hunger; present and future needs and problems; endangered species; natural resources; and pollution.

Sustainable use of water

California success stories
Author: Arlene K. Wong,Lisa Owens-Viani,Peter H. Gleick,Pacific Institute for Studies in Development, Environment, and Security
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 372
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Global Perspectives on River Conservation

Science, Policy and Practice
Author: P. J. Boon,B. R. Davies,Geoffrey E. Petts
Publisher: Wiley
ISBN: 9780471960621
Category: Technology & Engineering
Page: 564
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This is the first book to provide a truly global synthesis of knowledge on river conservation, and will be an invaluable reference for all those concerned with strategic river planning. Throughout the world, river ecosystems frequently reflect the worst excesses of human exploitation for instance when rivers are used as repositories for waste. Recognition is growing that river management needs to move from chemical clean-up to restoring the structural damage caused by decades of river engineering. There needs to be a catchment-wide perspective if the needs of human populations, river habitats and wildlife are to reach a sustainable balance. Against this backdrop, the development of river conservation strategies has become a global imperative. This book sets out a worldwide, region-by-region overview of the science, policy and practice of river conservation. It also provides a topical review of different river settings (such as tropical/temperate; temporary/perennial; large/small) and contemporary issues in river conservation (such as classification and evaluation; environmental legislation; the role of public participation). Clearly written by leading researchers in the field, this book will be welcomed by all those working on environmental management of inland waters as well as academics, researchers, postgraduates and final year undergraduates.