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Restoring Streams in Cities: A Guide for Planners, Policymakers, and Citizens Paperback – March 1, 1998

ISBN-13: 978-1559630429 ISBN-10: 1559630426 Edition: 2nd
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About the Author

Ann L. Riley is executive director of the Waterways Restoration Institute, where she works on the design and installation of stream restoration projects. She is involved in the evaluation of national water policy for the National Research Council, the Institute for Water Resources, and federal task forces.

A Video Tour of Ecological Restoration Techniques Led by Anne Riley (Video documentary - 61 min) is available from www.urbanstreamrestoration.com.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Island Press; 2nd edition (March 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1559630426
  • ISBN-13: 978-1559630429
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.9 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #452,669 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Schneider on August 12, 2001
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This unique book is a comprehensive and detailed guide to how to go about restoring streams that have been degraded by channelization, excessive erosion or sedimentation, and undergrounding into storm drains. It covers everything from how to form Friends groups and develop public support through engineering and design choices. As an educated citizen without specialized training in engineering, I found it highly readable; the concepts are presented thoroughly but without excessive jargon. The author is a cofounder of the Urban Creeks Council of California and the Coalition to Rescue Urban Waters.
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The title to this review says it all. The chapters were unendurably long, the sections weren't arranged very well, and you'd be better off staring at a pile of charcoal than trying to tell what's in any of the images.

That being said, the author knows the topic, but this textbook would have benefited from a layout expert--someone who knows half-screening, how to apply chapter/section/sub-section styles so the reader can tell where they are in the book, and how to break the text into smaller, bite-sized chunks. After each chapter, I understood the material, but I felt like I had just finished a marathon.
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Excellent information. Anne writes about how to work with residents, business owners and politicians to help restore waterways...Very helpful, so much so I bought another copy in case anyone wanted to borrow it since I got Anne to autograph mine.
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11 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 5, 1999
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This book does an adequate job of generally presenting information in non-technical fashion for planners, policy makers, and citizens as related to stream restoration in cities. It is simplistic and fairly straight-forward reading for the layman interested in this topic.
On page 128, there is a diagram showing "factors influencing stream erosion and sedimentation" which appears to be attributed to Mr. E W Lane in an American Society of Civil Engineers professional journal dated 1955. However, a closer inspection of this particular journal article by interested readers should reveal to them that the figure shown in Riley's book in reality doesn't actually appear in the journal itself; although the diagram's concepts themselves are given in the journal article. So the question remains, WHO ACTUALLY DREW THE DIAGRAM in Riley's book and WHY WEREN'T THEY PROPERLY RECOGNIZED IN IT?
And HOW MANY OTHER MIS-LEADING OVERSIGHTS are possibly contained in the book?
From a hydraulic and hydrologic technical and design stand-point, this book appears weak and I feel that citation problems like I previously mentioned are inexcusable and not acceptable for a published book.
Thus my average rating of it.
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