Restoration of riparian vegetation in the south-western United States: Importance of flow regimes and fluvial dynamism

Juliet Stromberg

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Abstract

Riparian ecosystems in the south-western United States have undergone extensive physical and biological changes, due, in part, to alteration of natural flow regimes and suppression of fluvial processes. Many riparian ecosystem restoration projects are achieving success because they recognize the importance of restoring the hydrologic regime. In other words, these projects are restoring flows of water and sediment in sufficient quantifies and with appropriate temporal and spatial patterns. Other projects have proceeded without recognition of the need to incorporate environmental stream flow requirements into management plans. To increase success rate of riparian ecosystem restoration, this paper describes some changes that have occurred within riparian ecosystems of the southwestern United States, reviews the role of stream flow regimes in structuring riparian plant communities, and assesses various ways in which riparian plant communities can be restored by naturalizing ecological processes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)17-34
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Arid Environments
Volume49
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2001

Keywords

  • Arid and semi-arid
  • Hydrology
  • Populus
  • Restoration
  • Riparian ecosystem
  • Stream flow regime

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Ecology
  • Earth-Surface Processes

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