Publisher description for Down by the river : the impact of federal water projects and policies on biological diversity / Constance Elizabeth Hunt with Verne Huser ; foreword by Jay D. Hair.


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America's rivers are the heart of rich and vital riparian ecosystems, home to unique communities of plants and animals. Aesthetically pleasing as well as a crucial food source for wildlife, these habitats are slowly being destroyed in our eagerness to harness natural resources. Biological diversity -- the key to ecological stability -- is threatened by a range of developmental projects, including efforts to dam and channel waterflow, to convert flood-prone land to agriculture, to harvest timber, and to undertake oil and gas exploration. Down by the River explores these problems and their impact on an ecosystem that is often ignored or neglected.



Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
Water resources development -- Environmental aspects -- United States.
Biodiversity conservation -- United States.