Restoring rivers, sustaining communities.

Published online
01 Feb 2017
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USA & Oregon


The complexity of riparian ecosystems is matched by the complexities of human communities that rely on rivers for clean water, livelihoods, and recreation. Stream restoration in dry western landscapes provides benefits far beyond the streambank. But achieving effective restoration will likely include experimentation, cooperation among different landowners, and a strong basis in science. The Pacific Northwest Research Station has long been a source of influential research on stream restoration, and continues that legacy with current studies that touch on novel techniques, social implications of keeping working landscapes viable, and unusually diverse multidisciplinary approaches.

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