Accession Number : ADA337599

Title :   Large Floodplain Rivers as Human Artifacts: A Historical Perspective on Ecological Integrity.

Corporate Author : GEOLOGICAL SURVEY ONALASKA WI ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT TECHNICAL CENTER

Personal Author(s) : Scarpino, Philip V.

PDF Url : ADA337599

Report Date : DEC 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 16

Abstract : 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 of what it is we wish to sustain. Second, ecology had its greatest effect on public opinion and public policy when it was effectively popularized by members of the scientific community and when it was bound to a set of attitudes and values that helped to define and shape the relation between people and nature. This paper provides a general look at large floodplain rivers from a historical perspective.

Descriptors :   *RESOURCE MANAGEMENT, *ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT, *ARTIFACTS, *FLOOD PLAINS, ATTITUDES(PSYCHOLOGY), HUMANS, INTERACTIONS, LONG RANGE(TIME), HISTORY, GEOLOGICAL SURVEYS, RIVERS, PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION, MISSISSIPPI RIVER, ECOLOGY, MISSOURI.

Subject Categories : Humanities and History
      Ecology
      Hydrology, Limnology and Potamology

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE