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Stream and Watershed Restoration was born out of the clear need for a comprehensive resource for developing successful stream and watershed restoration plans and projects. It provides a systematic and adaptable approach for planning, prioritizing, implementing, and evaluating restoration at the regional, watershed, reach and project level. The reader will gain an understanding of stream and restoration ecology, methods for assessing watershed conditions and identifying restoration actions, different restoration techniques and their benefits and shortcomings, how to prioritize restoration actions, how to implement projects on the ground, and how to design a rigorous monitoring and evaluation program. It is organized in a stepwise fashion covering the key aspects of aquatic restoration including: assessing watershed and riverine processes and conditions, identifying restoration opportunities, choosing appropriate restoration techniques, prioritizing restoration actions, monitoring and implementation. It is intended as a guide for practitioners, an instructional manual for educators and students and a general reference for those interested in or active in the field of aquatic and restoration ecology.
Dr. Philip Roni has 25 years’ experience working in and conducting research on streams and watersheds in North America and Europe. He has written and edited numerous papers and books as well as regional and international reports on stream and watershed restoration. He currently directs an interdisciplinary research program of more than 20 scientists working on fisheries, watershed and estuarine ecology and restoration at the Northwest Fisheries Science Center in Seattle, Washington.
Dr. Tim Beechie has more than 25 years of experience working in management and research of aquatic ecosystems, focusing on understanding how watershed and riverine processes influence channel morphology and river ecosystem dynamics. His recent publications focus on diagnosis of restoration through watershed analysis and development of process-based strategies for river restoration. He currently directs a team of scientists researching the influences of watershed processes and land uses on riverine ecosystems.
"[...] The writing is lucid and logical. The tables, diagrams, graphs and images in both black/white and colour are positioned with the related text, and are available from the free companion website. An extensive reference list is included after each chapter.
The book would, however, have benefited from a glossary. For example, what is a 'slash filter'? Additionally, given the holy grail of restoration to an original, undisturbed state, it would have been helpful to include some descriptions and images of such rivers to tee up the rest of this otherwise excellent guide."
– Simon Bates, The BES Bulletin 45(2), June 2014