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Resilient by Design: Measuring Effectiveness of Freshwater Restoration

Resilient by Design: Measuring Effectiveness of Freshwater Restoration

This symposium is dedicated to exploring diverse strategies in freshwater restoration, emphasizing the critical role of restoration in enhancing ecological resilience – the capacity of an ecosystem to resist disturbance and recover quickly. Interventions such as dam removals, control of aquatic invasive species, and community and ecosystem-level restoration initiatives, including designating areas as degraded (e.g., Areas of Concern), will be discussed in the context of their contribution to overall ecosystem function and, by extension, the resilience of diverse freshwater species. We will provide a platform to share experiences that highlight successes, effective adaptive management, and, possibly more importantly, failures. Join us in unraveling the challenges of freshwater restoration recognizing that not all stories may be success stories, but each contributes valuable insights toward understanding and measuring ecological resilience in our freshwater ecosystems.

Organizer: Matthew Acre, Columbia Environmental Research Center, U.S. Geological Survey, Columbia, MO, [email protected]

Co-organizers: Eric Waits, Lucas Nathan, Ryan Trimbath, Jane Rogosch, David Walters, Megan Bradley

Supported by: U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. National Parks Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Michigan Department of Natural Resources

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