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Urbanization of aquatic systems: degradation thresholds, stormwater detection, and the limits of mitigation.

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Derek B Booth, and Rhett C Jackson, 1996, Urbanization of aquatic systems: degradation thresholds, stormwater detection, and the limits of mitigation.: Journal of the American Water Resources Association , 33, no. 5 (1997): 1077-1090.

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Conclusions:Within a watershed, about 10% of development is not subject to drainage regulations resulting in cumulative effects from urbanization that significantly degrade watersheds. Instead of regulatory thresholds (e.g. 10% EIA), process controls are required to mitigate the impacts of urbanization on aquatic systems. Without these controls, strict development limits are the only way to limit watershed degradation.Thresholds/Learnings:The study cautions against the use of discrete “thresholds” to predict specific physical and biological effects, but does suggest that thresholds are appropriate indicators for when the perception and tolerance of watershed impacts triggers a regulatory response.

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  • Great Northern Landscape Conservation Cooperative
  • LC MAP - Landscape Conservation Management and Analysis Portal
  • Landscape Patterns Catalog

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