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Return to the River - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780120884148, 9780080454306

Return to the River

1st Edition

Restoring Salmon Back to the Columbia River

Editor: Richard Williams
eBook ISBN: 9780080454306
Hardcover ISBN: 9780120884148
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 28th October 2005
Page Count: 720
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Return to the River will describe a new ecosystem-based approach to the restoration of salmon and steelhead populations in the Columbia River, once one of the most productive river basins for anadromous salmonids on the west coast of North America. The approach of this work has broad applicability to all recovery efforts throughout the northern hemisphere and general applicability to fisheries and aquatic restoration efforts throughout the world.

The Pacific Northwest is now embroiled in a major public policy debate over the management and restoration of Pacific salmon. The outcome of the debate has the potential to affect major segments of the region's economy - river transportation, hydroelectric production, irrigated agriculture, urban growth, commercial and sport fisheries, etc. This debate, centered as it is on the salmon in all the rivers, has created a huge demand for information. The book will be a powerful addition to that debate.

Key Features

  • A 15 year collaboration by a diverse group of scientists working on the management and recovery of salmon, steelhead trout, and wildlife populations in the Pacific Northwest
  • Includes over 200 figures, with four-color throughout the book
  • Discusses complex issues such as habitat degradation, juvenile survival through the hydrosystem, the role of artificial production, and harvest reform


Fisheries managers & biologists, natural resource administrators, and river ecologists

Table of Contents

Part I: A New Conceptual Foundation

Chapter 1. The Problem of the Columbia River Salmon
Contributors: Willis E. McConnaha, Richard N. Williams and James A. Lichatowich

Chapter 2. The Conceptual Foundation
Contributors: James A. Lichatowich, Willis E. McConnaha, William J. Liss, Jack A. Stanford, and Richard N. Williams

Chapter 3. A Foundation for Restoration
Contributors: William J. Liss, Jack A. Stanford, James A. Lichatowich, Richard N. Williams, Charles C. Coutant, Phillip R. Mundy, and Richard R. Whitney
Part II: The Salmon Ecosystem and Its Management

Chapter 4. The Diversity, Structure and Status of Populations
Contributors: Richard N. Williams, James A. Lichatowich, and Madison A. Powell

Chapter 5. The Status of Habitats
Contributors: Jack A. Stanford, Christopher A. Frissell and Charles C. Coutant

Chapter 6. Hydroelectric Systems and Migration
Contributors: Charles C. Coutant and Richard R. Whitney

Chapter 7. Sources of Mortality and Effectiveness of Mitigation
Contributors: Richard R. Whitney, Charles C. Coutant, and Phillip R. Mundy

Chapter 8. Artificial Production and the Effects of Fish Culture on Native Salmonids
Contributors: James A. Lichatowich, Madison A. Powell, and Richard N. Williams

Chapter 9. Harvest Management
Contributors: Phillip R. Mundy

Chapter 10. The Estuary, Plume, and Marine Environments
Contributors: Daniel L. Bottom, James A. Lichatowich, and Brian E. Riddell
Part III: A New Vision for Restoration

Chapter 11. Monitoring and Evaluation
Contributors: Lyman MacDonald, Charles C. Coutant, Lyle D. Calvin, and Richard N. Williams

Chapter 12. The Federal Approach to Salmon Recovery at the Millennium
Contributors: Peter A. Bisson, James A. Lichatowich, William J. Liss, Daniel Goodman, Charles C. Coutant, Lyman McDonald, Dennis Lettenmeier, Eric J. Loudenslager, and Richard N. Williams

Chapter 13. Conclusions and Strategies for Salmon Restoration in the Columbia River Basin
Contributors: Richard N. Williams, Jack A. Stanford, James A. Lichatowich, William J. Liss, Charles C. Coutant, Willis E. McConnaha, Richard R. Whitney, Phillip R. Mundy, Peter A. Bisson, and Madison A. Powell.


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About the Editor

Richard Williams

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Idaho, Center for Salmonids and Freshwater Species at Risk, Hagerman, Idaho, U.S.A.


"This comprehensive text will be of invaluable help to all those involved in conservation and river restoration work whether as a scientists, administrator or politician, and many others involved in related undertakings." --Derek Mills, for FISHERIES RESEARCH (2006)

"This edited volume provides a detailed overview of the science and policy of salmon restoration...This book is important reading for anyone interested in salmon and watershed restoration, and the chapters provide a wealth of scientific information on riverine and salmonid ecology." --FISHERIES (2006)

"...very readable, this mighty book is packed with years of research and conclusions that demand reading and understanding by our elected representatives and decision-makers...Editor Richard Willams, with the Center for Salmonoids and Freshwater Species at Risk at the University of Idaho, has drawn together in one book the collective knowledge of a large group of the Northwest's best scientists who study fish and their environment." --Jack Berryman in SALMON TROUT STEELHEADER (2005)

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