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Environmental Flows: Saving Rivers in the Third Millennium

by Emeritus Professor Angela H. Arthington, Griffith University. "Environmental Flows: Saving Rivers in the Third Millennium" provides a synthesis of information on the theme of environmental flows – the quantity, timing and quality of water flows and regimes required to sustain freshwater and estuarine ecosystems and the human livelihoods and well-being that depend upon these ecosystems.

How much water does each ecosystem type need? What happens when natural seasonal flow patterns or standing water regimes are radically altered by dams, hydropower generation or pumping to meet the needs of humans? Can damaged ecosystems be restored by the provision of environmental flows? How can human societies come to grips with the realities of climate change, less water for everyone, greater impacts on aquatic biodiversity and increasingly dysfunctional ecosystems? 

This book describes each environmental flow method from the simplest hydrological formulae to ecosystem frameworks that seek to inform water management at multiple spatial scales. Implementation and monitoring are discussed as well as legislation and policy contexts. The book ends with an appeal to address the freshwater biodiversity crisis, and turn the third millennium into an era of transformation and restoration of Earth’s natural resiliency and healing power for the benefit of ecosystems and people.

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Environmental Flows is published by University of California Press.
Hardcover, 424pp, ISBN 9780520273696, RRP $99.95



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