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This guide provides information about library and information resources for Okanagan College course WET 111 (Fall 2013).

Craziest of Ideas

The final video of our Year of the River series, this film tells the story of historic dam removal successes on Washington’s Elwha and White Salmon rivers. A video by  filmmaker Andy Maser. More follow-up information on the current status of the White Salmon River project can be obtained by viewing another Maser film, the Oregon Field Guide Special: The White Salmon River Runs Free

 

Watershed, River and Stream restoration

"The field of river restoration and management has evolved enormously in recent decades, driven largely by increased recognition of ecological values, river functions, and ecosystem services.  Many conventional river management techniques, emphasizing hard structural controls, have proven difficult to maintain over time, resulting in some spectacular failures, and often degraded river environment.  More sustainable results are likely from a holistic framework, which requires viewing the 'problem' at a larger, catchment scale and involves the application of tools from diverse fields.  Success often hinges on understanding the sometime complex interactions among physical, ecological and social processes.

Thus, effective river restoration and management requires nurturing the interdisciplinary conversation, testing and refining scientific theories, reducing uncertainties, designing scenarios for evaluating the best options, and better understanding the divide between nature and culture that conditions human actions.  It also implies the scientists better communicate with managers and practitioners, so that new insights from research can guide management, and so that results from implemented projects can in turn, inform research directions."

 

G. Mathias Kondolf,

University of California Berkeley

Hérve Piégay,

University of Lyon, CNRS

 

From the Foreword of


Roni, P and Beechie, T. (Eds.). (2013).  Stream and watershed restoration: A guide to restoring riverine processed and habitats. Chichester, UK: John Wiley. 

 

 

 

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