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Sustainably Managing Reservoir Storage: Ancient Roots of a Modern Challenge

by G. Mathias Kondolf 1,2,† and Alan Farahani 3,*,†
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Department of Landscape Architecture & Environmental Planning, University of California Berkeley, Berkeley, CA 94720, USA
2
Collegium-Lyon Institute for Advanced Study, University of Lyon, 24 rue Jean Baldassini, Allée A–2nd Floor, 69007 Lyon, France
3
Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, University of California, Los Angeles, CA 90095, USA
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Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
These authors contributed equally to this work.
Water 2018, 10(2), 117; https://doi.org/10.3390/w10020117
Received: 30 September 2017 / Revised: 26 December 2017 / Accepted: 11 January 2018 / Published: 29 January 2018
Sedimentation is a major issue for water systems worldwide, but the need for sustainable sediment management is rarely addressed. This article surveys the problem of sedimentation in the contemporary sphere in addition to drawing on archaeological evidence of past unsustainable and sustainable sedimentation management practices. A compact characterization scheme is presented for identifying the scale of sedimentation management, both past and present. The results of the research illustrate that communities have grappled with issues of sedimentation for as long as water storage has existed. System failure from sedimentation is therefore not inevitable, but arises from a combination of social and biophysical factors. View Full-Text
Keywords: sustainability; reservoirs; sedimentation; archaeology sustainability; reservoirs; sedimentation; archaeology
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Kondolf, G.M.; Farahani, A. Sustainably Managing Reservoir Storage: Ancient Roots of a Modern Challenge. Water 2018, 10, 117.

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