Riparian Areas of the Southwestern United States: Hydrology, Ecology, and Management, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Riparian Areas of the Southwestern United States

Hydrology, Ecology, and Management, 1st Edition

Edited by Peter F. Ffolliott, Leonard F. DeBano

CRC Press

432 pages | 14 Color Illus. | 76 B/W Illus.

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Description

The demand for water resulting from massive population and economic growth in the southwestern U.S. overwhelmed traditional uses of riparian areas. As a consequence, many of these uniquely-structured ecosystems have been altered or destroyed. Within recent years people have become increasingly aware of the many uses and benefits of riparian zones and have emphasized ecosystem restoration and the resolution of multiple-use conflicts.

Riparian Areas of the Southwestern United States: Hydrology, Ecology, and Management offers a holistic overview of the effects of human activity on these fragile but critical ecosystems. Topics range from an overview of the organisms that inhabit these corridors to the research, planning, and management issues that will determine the preservation and/or future use of these areas. This comprehensive analysis will aid engineers, hydrologists, ecologists, land-use planners, non-governmental organizations, and policymakers in the ongoing attempt to find a balance among the demands of agriculture, recreation, conservation, and development.

Table of Contents

Introduction

BACKGROUND

Definitions and Classifications

Setting and History

FUNCTIONING

Hydrology and Impacts of Disturbances on Hydrologic Function

Linkages between Riparian Corridors and Surrounding Watersheds

Human Alterations of Riparian Ecosystems

INHABITANTS

Riparian Flora

Mammals, Avifauna, and Herpetofauna

Native Fishes: Their Status, Threats, and Conservation

Insects and Other Invertebrates: Ecological Roles and Indicators of Riparian and Stream Health

LAND USES AND MANAGEMENT

Livestock Grazing in Riparian Areas: Environmental Impacts, Management Practices, Management Implications

Wildlife Population and Habitat Management Practices

Fish Habitats: Conservation and Management Implications

Water Availability and Recreational Opportunities

Riparian Ecosystem Assessments

Restoration of Riparian Ecosystems

Institutional Limitations to Management and Use of Riparian

Resources

Conclusion

Index

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCI026000
SCIENCE / Environmental Science
TEC010000
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Environmental / General