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Large floodplain rivers as human artifacts: A historical perspective on ecological integrity

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The great floods of 1993 on the Upper Mississippi and the Missouri Rivers put rivers and their floodplains in the national spotlight. Two facts become clear: (1) Along with the tragedy the floods created came an unprecedented opportunity for reassessing the attitudes and policies that have long shaped the relations between people and rivers. (2) These floods represented the consequences of the historical interaction between people and rivers. These floods helped to emphasize that the present is a product of the past. Historical analysis suggests at least two items worth considering by those interested in managing large floodplain rivers. First, sustaining the ecological integrity of large floodplain rivers requires a clear understanding [...]

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Scarpino, P.V.

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Report prepared for U.S. Geological Survey, Environmental Management Technical Center, Onalaska, Wisconsin

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