Restoration of Aquatic Systems

Restoration of Aquatic Systems

eBook - 2006
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Simplistic thinking would have us believe that by eliminating the loading of a given pollutant, an aquatic system will revert to its previous pristine state. This premise is without scientific verification. Besides the fact that typically very little documentation exists defining what exactly that previous pristine state was, it should be noted that biological processes are non-linear. They reflect adaptations by populations and corresponding responses of trophic organization that are not predictable by linear models of recovery.

Restoration of Aquatic Systems makes a clear delineation between genuine restoration and public perception of restoration efforts. Written by Robert Livingston, one of the foremost international authorities on ecosystem studies of freshwater, estuarine, and marine environments, this work is the final volume of a trilogy derived from 70 field-years of data garnered from 10 different coastal systems on the Atlantic and Gulf coasts. The text provides a synthetic look at the restoration of aquatic systems, emphasizing the functional basis that supports such activities, followed by a review of the evidence of recovery.

Livingston considers numerous cases of scientific restoration; however, while the first two volumes could be considered pure science, this volume brings into play the impact of political as well as economic interests and where appropriate, media leverage. This work is thus concerned with just how effective the restoration process becomes as a product of a complex mixture of competing interests.

From this effort, an interdisciplinary comparative database has been created that is currently being published in a series of books and peer-reviewed scientific journals. This work is used to evaluate system-level processes that determine the effects of nutrient loading and nutrient dynamics on phytoplankton/benthic macrophyte productivity and associated food web responses.

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Livingston (aquatic research and resource management, Florida State U.) develops the "restoration paradigm" in his analysis of case studies of restoration projects around the US. He describes a north Florida effort to resolve blue-green algae blooms and suspicious runoff in lakes and sinkholes in terms of cultural eutrophication, takes on the results of pulp mills, including invertebrates and submerged vegetation of various configurations in the Apalachee Bay, describes the Pensacola Bay system and its contamination, and examines a sulfite pulp mill restoration process. He also describes the impact of news reports on restoration success. Major restoration projects covered here include the Chesapeake Bay system's toxic waste and over-fishing, the Kissimmee and Okeechobee systems in relation to the Florida Everglades and Bay system, which included cleaning up mercury deposits, the restoration of toxic waste sites in Maine, the Shenandoah and the oceans of Newport Bay, and alternative planning and management. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Boca Raton : Taylor & Francis, 2006
ISBN: 9780203492536
Characteristics: 1 online resource (423 p.) : ill., maps


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