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Special Issue "Stream Ecosystems and Restoration: Linking Bioassessments to Improved Planning and Design Strategies"
A special issue of Water (ISSN 2073-4441).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (20 January 2016).
Prof. Dr. John S. Schwartz Website E-Mail
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN 37996, USA
Interests: degradation of rivers and streams; hydraulic, hydrological and pollutant transport models; field-based monitoring and assessment applications; degraded watershed conditions from urban development and runoff hydromodification; poor agricultural and timber harvest practices; surface coal mining; atmospheric deposition of acid pollutants
Commonly applied today, stream restoration practices rely mostly on channel morphological changes to create a stable plan and profile using various geomorphic design approaches. Either as the main project objective or secondary, enhancements to physical habitat structures are typically incorporated, such as bank root wads, large woody debris, boulders, pools, and riffles. There is a general premise among practitioners as “build it and they will come” inferring that if these structures are installed biota will recolonize restored reaches; however, this is not always the case and rarely is post-construction biological monitoring sufficiently conducted to prove or disprove. Application of this habitat-centered premise for stream restoration projects suggests pre-construction bioassessments are limited in scope, and exposes a critical research need to improve assessment methodologies better linking degraded ecological conditions to holistic strategies for restoration planning and design. Improved restoration strategies must recognize what fundamental watershed processes have changes from watershed- and reach-scale anthropogenic stressors, and define what constitutes ecological recovery within the context of those stressors. Recovery potential through restoration practices is dependent on many factors, i.e., ecoregion location, land use practices, riparian corridor condition, habitat fragmentation, organism source for recolonization, water quality, etc. This Special Issue of Water aims to compile new information on innovative ecological assessment methodologies that improve stream restoration planning and design strategies, including studies on what ecological indicators best characterize ecological resilience and detect improvements in biotic integrity after restoration, pre- and post-monitoring bioassessment case studies, application of multiple stressor analysis to specify restoration needs, and studies supporting development of ecological design criteria.
Prof. Dr. John S. Schwartz
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- stream restoration
- ecological integrity
- pre-construction bioassessments
- biological monitoring
- multiple stressor analysis