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Discussion: “America's Rivers and the American Experiment” by Martin W. Doyle

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  • Discussion No. JAWRA-12-0241-D of the Journal of the American Water Resources Association (JAWRA).

  • Paper No. JAWRA-11-0129-P of the Journal of the American Water Resources Association (JAWRA) 48(4):820-837.

Abstract

Doyle cogently describes advantages and concerns related to the system of United States river management in the context of its historical and political development. He rightly asserts the need for flexible, adaptable institutions in order to address changing societal demands. However, river management also requires certain inflexible standards in order to discern and prevent practices that undermine future human needs. Where modern scientific evidence converges with cultural traditions of stewardship, river managers can comfortably assert limits to specific patterns of use and to the malleability of restrictions.

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