Watershed Restoration: Principles and Practices


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Jack E. Williams, Christopher A. Wood, and Michael P. Dombeck, editors

549 pages; 41 color photographs

Published by American Fisheries Society

Publication date: 1997

doi: https://doi.org/10.47886/9781888569049


Human demand on our natural resources continues to grow as aquatic and riparian ecosystems continue to decline. Virtually all watersheds have been modified or degraded by human development, often resulting in loss of high-quality water, productive soil, and loss of diverse plant and animal communities. Watershed restoration is a fundamental element of the new ecosystem management philosophy. But what is it? What makes it successful? Who carries it out? The authors and editors of this practical guidebook answer these questions and outline an approach to watershed restoration that combines educating communities about the importance of healthy watershed, a standardized scientific approach to restoration, learning from existing case studies, and the principles of adaptive management.

In straightforward, easy-to-understand language, Watershed Restoration: Principles and Practices will give you an in-depth understanding of the principles of watershed restoration, how to build partnerships for a restoration program, practices and strategies for achieving restoration, what works and what does not, and what is in store for the future.

In addition to providing the scientific, social, and policy frameworks for conducting restoration, the book spotlights how citizen groups, communities, conservation coalitions, private interests, and management agencies are working together to restore watersheds. Case studies address urbanized watershed, farmlands, forestlands, rangelands, and large river systems from New England to California. A critique of these restoration projects summarizes the approaches that offer the best opportunities for long-term success.

This book includes:

* 28 chapters by leaders in the conservation, research, and resource management communities * 41 color photographs; 85 charts and illustrations * comprehensive bibliography * glossary * detailed subject index

This book is intended for:

* fisheries or conservation biologist * hydrologist, rangeland, forest, or riparian ecologist * landscape planner * natural resource manager * leader of a civic organization, or… * somebody engaged in or concerned with habitat restoration

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Understanding Watershed-Scale Restoration J. E. Williams, C. A. Wood, and M. P. Dombeck

PART I – Principles

Chapter 2: Ethical Principles E. P. Pister

Chapter 3: Social Ecology: A New Pathway to Watershed Restoration K. Preister and J. A. Kent

Chapter 4: Conceptual Roles of Biological Integrity and Diversity P. L. Angermeier

Chapter 5: Historical Perspectives R. C. Wissmar

Chapter 6: Temporal and Spatial Scales R. R. Ziemer

Chapter 7: Ecological Principles C. A. Frissell

Chapter 8: Monitoring and Adaptive Management J. L. Kershner

PART II – Building Collaborative Partnerships for Watershed Restoration

Chapter 9: Changing Roles and Responsibilities for Federal Land Management Agencies M. P. Dombeck, J. W. Thomas, and C. A. Wood

Chapter 10: Building Public and Private Partnerships W. Tilt and C. A. Williams

Chapter 11: Achieving Private Sector Involvement and Implications for Resource Professionals W. M. Turner

PART III – Key Practices to Achieve Watershed Restoration

Chapter 12: Using Hydroelectric Relicensing in Watershed Restoration: Deerfield River Watershed, Vermont and Massachusetts K. D. Kimball

Chapter 13: Involving Local School Systems in Watershed Restoration: Crooked River of Oregon D.A. Nolte

Chapter 14: Encouraging Communities to Think Like Watersheds: Mattole River of California S. Zuckerman

Chapter 15: Integrating Public and Private Restoration Strategies: Coquille River of Oregon W. F. Hudson and P. A. Heikkila

Chapter 16: Building a Collaborative Process for Restoration: Henrys Fork of Idaho and Wyoming R. W. Van Kirk and C. B. Griffin

Chapter 17: Using River Action Teams to Restore Water Quality: Hiwassee River of North Carolina, Georgia, and Tennessee D. L. Bowling, Jr., T. S. Chilcoat, J. P. Cox, J. R. Hagerman, C. D. Ungate, and G. G. Williams

PART IV – Watershed Restoration Case Studies

Chapter 18: Restoration in an Urban Watershed: Anacostia River of Maryland and the District of Columbia D. L. Shepp and J. D. Cummins

Chapter 19: Watershed Restoration and Agricultural Practices in the Midwest: Bear Creek in Iowa T. M. Isenhart, R. C. Schultz, and J. P. Colletti

Chapter 20: Fish Habitat Restoration and Forestry Practices in the Pacific Northwest: Fish Creek in Oregon G. H. Reeves, D. B. Hohler, B. E. Hansen, F. H. Everest, J. R. Sedell, T. L. Hickman, and D. Shively

Chapter 21: Watershed Restoration and Grazing Practices in the Great Basin: Marys River, Nevada L. A. Gutzwiller, R. M. McNatt, and R. D. Price

Chapter 22: Restoring Trout Waters in the East: Beaverkill and Willowemoc Watershed of New York J. Conyngham and J. M. McGurrin

Chapter 23: Restoring Trout Waters in the West: Big Blackfoot River of Montana G. Aitken

Chapter 24: Headwater Restoration and Reestablishment of Natural Flow Regimes: Kissimmee River of Florida L. A. Toth, D. A. Arrington, and G. Begue

PART V – Learning from the Past to Provide a Vision for the Future

Chapter 25: Learning to Live Within the Limits of the Land: Lessons from the Watershed Restoration Case Studies C. A. Wood, J. E. Williams, and M. P. Dombeck

Chapter 26: What Works, What Doesn’t, and Why J. McGurrin and H. Forsgren

Chapter 27: Saving and Creating Jobs Through Watershed Restoration B. Doppelt

Chapter 28: Eco-Societal Restoration: Creating a Harmonious Future Between Human Society and Natural Systems J. Cairns, Jr.