Potential responses of riparian vegetation to dam removal

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Throughout the world, riparian habitats have been dramatically modified from their natural condition. Dams are one of the principal causes of these changes, because of their alteration of water and sediment regimes (Nilsson and Berggren 2000). Because of the array of ecological goods and services provided by natural riparian ecosystems (Naiman and Decamps 1997), their conservation and restoration have become the focus of many land and water managers. Efforts to restore riparian habitats and other riverine ecosystems have included the management of flow releases downstream of dams to more closely mimic natural flows (Poff et al. 1997), but dam removal has received little attention as a possible approach to riparian restoration.

Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Potential responses of riparian vegetation to dam removal
Series title BioScience
DOI 10.1641/0006-3568(2002)052[0703:PRORVT]2.0.CO;2
Volume 52
Issue 8
Year Published 2002
Language English
Publisher Oxford Academic
Contributing office(s) Fort Collins Science Center
Description 10 p.
First page 703
Last page 712
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