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River Management: The Australasian Experience

Sandra Brizga (Editor), Brian L. Finlayson (Editor)
ISBN: 978-0-471-96976-1
310 pages
February 2000
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Only in Australasia can the effect of technological societies on river systems be truly analysed and this unique, accessible book covers key issues in river management from a geomorphological perspective.

Australia and New Zealand were colonised only 200 years ago by central bureaucratic administrations. For the whole period of European settlement most river management activities have been carried out by government agencies and the record of their activities is relatively complete. These countries therefore provide good case studies for the impact of technological societies on river systems, having transformed their rivers in a short time from their 'natural' into a heavily managed condition.

Geomorphology provides the scientific basis for much of our understanding of river behaviour and geomorphologists are now actively involved in the management process. This book provides a collection of case studies, the first to be produced to date, which describe the management of rivers covering issues of environmental flow, stream condition, mining and extractive activities, river channel change, river stabilisation, river regulation and urban streams.

The book will prove invaluable to geomorphologists, river engineers, stream ecologists, river managers, and environmental impact assessors involved in river management and restoration.
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Table of Contents

Introduction (B. Finlayson S. Brizga).

Some Human Impacts on Australian Stream Channel Morphology (I. Rutherfurd).

Channel Planform Adjustments Along the Waiau River 1946-1992: Assessment of the Impacts of Flow Regulation (G. Brierley K. Fitchett).

The Hydrological and Geomorphological Impacts of the Tinaroo Falls Dam on the Barron River, North Queensland, Australia (B. Yu).

Managing Regulated Rivers for Environmental Values: Selected Case Studies from Southeastern Australia (C. Gippel).

Geomorphic Effects of Extractive Industries and Their Implications for River Management: The Case of the Hawkesbury-Nepean River, New South Wales (W. Erskine D. Green).

The Impact of Mining Waste on the Rivers Draining into Georges Bay, Northeast Tasmania (J. Bird).

The Role of Stormwater Management in Sydney's Urban Rivers (R. Warner).

The Dispersal and Storage of Trace Metals in the Hawkesbury River Valley (M. Thoms, et al.).

The Role of European Disturbance in the Metamorphosis of the Lower Bega River (A. Brooks G. Brierley).

The Management of Unstable Rivers: The Avon River, Victoria, Australia (S. Brizga B. Finlayson).

Measuring Stream Condition (A. Ladson L. White).

Conclusions: Future Directions (S. Brizga B. Finlayson).

Index.
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