How can a river be hydrologically restored?

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Technical note on river restoration

This technical note on river restoration discusses how hydrological restoration should be incorporated in river restoration, and which are the most adequate strategies to design and implement the restored (functional) flows in rivers. Restoration of a river’s flow regime should be the first step in any attempt to recover its ecological integrity, as the flow pattern determines, more than any other physical or environmental feature, the structure and spatial-temporal functioning of the river system.

How can a river be hydrologically restored?


This document is part of a series of technical notes on river restoration. The other notes in the series include:

Fluvial territory: Restoration space

River sinuosity index: Geomorphological characterisation

Channel gradient: Calculation process using GIS

What is river restoration?

Ecosystem services and river restoration

Fish passes: fish ladders and other pass systems

Related Project(s):
RESTORE – Restoring Europe’s Rivers