Geography and the Restoration of Rivers for Wildlife

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Since its establishment in 1973, the Endangered Species Act (ESA) has assumed a gradually increasing importance in environmental management in the United States.The effect of the Act is especially significant in matters related to water management in rivers.This brief article addresses the following questions: why has ESA become so important in water and river matters? And what is the role of geographic technology and knowledge in addressing these issues? The article concludes with two case examples where restoration is underway in attempts to reverse the loss of wildlife.


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