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Physical impacts of human alterations within river basins: The case of the Kankakee, Mississippi, and Illinois Rivers


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Human interventions have altered almost all the river systems of the world. These interventions include channelization, alteration of stream courses, construction of levees, building of drainage channels, construction of dams and locks, installation of river training works, flow diversions, changes in land use, and many more. River systems respond to such changes through changes in flow, stages, gradients, or sediment supplies and through attempts to attain a new dynamic equilibrium suitable to the changed conditions. However, the time frame for obtaining a new dynamic equilibrium in response to an altered regimen ranges from a few years to decades or more. There are numerous examples of such alterations of large river basins and of [...]


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Pages B-139 to B-146 in Proceedings, XXIII Congress of the International Association for Hydraulic Research, Ottawa, Canada, August 21-25, 1989. Reprinted by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Environmental Management Technical Center, Onalaska, Wisconsin

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