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Author Postel, Sandra.
Title Rivers for life : managing water for people and nature / Sandra Postel, Brian Richter.
Imprint Washington, DC : Island Press, [2003]

Subject Stream conservation.
Ecosystem management.
Alt Name Richter, Brian D.
Description x, 253 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (p. [205]-240) and index.
Contents Where have all the rivers gone? -- How much water does a river need? -- The policy toolbox -- Down to the river -- Building blocks for better river governance -- Epilogue: can we save Earth's rivers?
ISBN 155963443X (hard cover : alk. paper)
1559634448 (pbk. : alk. paper)
OCLC # 51898972
Table of Contents
Ch. 1Where Have All the Rivers Gone?1
 Why We Need Healthy Rivers5
 The Disruption of Natural Flows13
 Freshwater Life at Risk26
 A Conceptual View for Balancing Human and Ecosystem Water Needs36
Ch. 2How Much Water Does a River Need?42
 The Evolution of a New River Management Paradigm45
 Flow Prescriptions Aimed at Ecological Health51
 Setting Ecological Goals59
 Learning by Doing63
 Rebuilding a River's Natural Patterns67
 Lessons from the Colorado Pikeminnow74
Ch. 3The Policy Toolbox79
 Allocating Water for Ecosystem Support80
 South Africa Pioneers the Water "Reserve"84
 Australia Overhauls Water Policy and Tries a "Cap"86
 U.S. Policy Lacks Focus on Ecological Health92
 Economic Tools for Securing River Flows112
 Ethics in River Policy117
Ch. 4Down to the River120
 A Comeback Chance for the Missouri?123
 Restoring the Brisbane River of Australia's Gold Coast132
 Groundwater Pumping and the Future of the San Pedro139
 Flows for Shrimp in the Tropical Rio Espiritu Santo146
 Reducing Impacts of Federal Darns on Kentucky's Green River151
 Sharing the Waters of South Africa's Sabie River157
Ch. 5Building Blocks for Better River Governance167
 Capturing the Value of Ecosystem Services169
 Lessons from the World Commission on Dams177
 Bottom-Up Governance Gets a Try182
 River Basin Commissions Work "Outside the Box"186
 Sparks of Leadership195
Ch. 6Epilogue: Can We Save Earth's Rivers?199
 About the Authors241