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River RepublicThe Fall and Rise of America's Rivers$
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Daniel McCool

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780231161312

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231161312.001.0001

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River Republic

Daniel McCool

Columbia University Press

This chapter focuses on the “use” of rivers as valuable habitat for wildlife and endangered species. Rivers are far more than just the source of drinking water for two-thirds of the people in the United States. They present an opportunity for people to engage with a dramatic potpourri of life that is found nowhere else. Rivers also tend to concentrate rare and endangered species, not only because they are such hospitable places, but also because riparian corridors are often the only land that has not been developed. This makes rivers target central for the intense battles over rare or endangered species. Many river restoration and preservation efforts involve such species. Aside from protecting endangered species, the reemergence of riverine habitats also plays a crucial role in the economy, lifestyle, and culture of most regions of the country. This chapter describes river restoration projects that focus on anadromous fish species and occur on both coasts in the states of Washington, Maine, and California.

Keywords:   rivers, wildlife, endangered species, riparian corridors, river restoration, riverine habitats, anadromous fish, Washington, Maine, California

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