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Healthy Watersheds Program Publications & Key References

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Program Documents

EPA's Healthy Watersheds Initiative Fact Sheet (PDF) (2009) (4 pp, 5.1MB)
Healthy Watersheds Initiative: National Framework and Action Plan (2011)
Identifying and Protecting Healthy Watersheds Concepts, Assessments, and Management Approaches (2012)
Economic Benefits of Protecting Healthy Watersheds (2012)
Memorandum of Understanding to Promote the Healthy Watersheds Initiative (2013)
Healthy Watersheds Newsletter

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Assessments

Healthy Watersheds Integrated Assessments Workshop Proceedings, Speaker Presentations, and Speaker Program Summaries (2011)
Healthy Watersheds Workshop Synthesis (2011)
Chesapeake Forests: Conserving the Bay’s Headwaters - A Green Infrastructure Assessment and Plan for Nelson County (2011) Exit EPA Disclaimer
Evaluation of Hydrologic Alteration and Opportunities for Environmental Flow Management in New Mexico (PDF) (2011) (78 pp, 5.5MB)
Kansas Heritage Streams: Identification and Protection of Healthy Watersheds (PDF) (2013)(163 pp, 6.4MB)
California Integrated Assessment of Watershed Health (2013)
Wisconsin Integrated Assessment of Watershed Health (2014)
Alabama and Mobile Bay Basin Integrated Assessment of Watershed Health (2014)

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Protection

Kansas Heritage Streams: Identification and Protection of Healthy Watersheds (PDF)(2013) (163 pp, 6.4MB)
Chesapeake Forests: Conserving the Bay’s headwaters - A Green Infrastructure Assessment and Plan for Nelson County (2011) Exit EPA Disclaimer
Mapping Green Infrastructure in Ulster County, New York (PDF) (2013)( 28 pp, 4.2MB) Exit EPA Disclaimer
Evaluating and Conserving Green Infrastructure Across the Landscape: A Practitioner’s Guide (2013) Exit EPA Disclaimer

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Background

Baron, J. S., Poff, N. L., Angermeier, P. L., Dahm, C. N., Gleick, P. H., Hairston, N. G., et al. (2003). Sustaining Healthy Freshwater Ecosystems. Issues in Ecology. Number 10 (PDF)  (18 pp, 276K). Exit EPA disclaimer

Doppelt, Robert; Scurlock, Mary; Frissell, Chris; Karr, James. (1993) Entering the Watershed: A New Approach To Save America's River Ecosystems. Island Press. Washington D.C.

Millennium Ecosystem Assessment. (2005). Ecosystems and Human Well-Being. Washington D.C.: Island Press. Exit EPA disclaimer

The H. John Heinz III Center for Science, Economics, and the Environment. (2008). The State of the Nation's Ecosystems.  Island Press.

Thorp, J.H., Thoms, M.C., DeLong, M.D. (2006). The Riverine Ecosystem Synthesis: Biocomplexity in River Networks Across Space and Time. River Research and Applications. 22: 123-147 (PDF) (25 pp, 276K) Exit EPA disclaimer

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Green Infrastructure and Landscape Ecology

Benedict, M. A., & McMahon, E. T. (2006). Green Infrastructure: Linking Landscapes and Communities. Island Press.

Duerksen, Christopher and Snyder, Cara. Nature Friendly Communities, Habitat Protection, and Land Use Planning. Washington, D.C., Island Press, 2005.

Forman, R. T. T. Land Mosaics: The Ecology of Landscapes and Regions. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 1995.

The Heritage Conservancy. (2003). Growing with Green Infrastructure (PDF). (20 pp, 4.54MB)

The Nature Conservancy. (2008). The Active River Area: A Conservation Framework for Protecting Rivers and Streams (PDF). (64 pp, 4.84MB) Exit EPA disclaimer

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Hydrology

Arthington, Angela H, S.E. Bunn, N.L. Poff and R.J. Naiman. (2006). The Challenge of Providing Environmental Flow Rules to Sustain River Ecosystems. Ecological Applications 16(4): 1311-1318.

Ernst, C., Gullick, R., & Nixon, K. (2004). Protecting the Source: Conserving Forests to Protect Water. Opflow, 30(5) (PDF). (5 pp, 484K) Exit EPA disclaimer

Fausch, K.D., C.E. Torgersen, C.V. Baxter, and H.W. Li. (2002). Landscapes to Riverscapes: Bridging the Gap Between Research and Conservation of Stream Fishes. BioScience 52:483-498.

Kendy, E., Apse, C., and K. Blann. (2012). A Practical Guide to Environmental Flows Policy and Planning (PDF). (74 pp, 1.5MB) Exit EPA disclaimer

Poff, N.L., J.D. Allan, M. B. Bain, J.R. Karr, K.L. Prestegaard, B. Richter, R. Sparks, and J. Stromberg. (1997). The Natural Flow Regime: a new paradigm for riverine conservation and restoration. BioScience, 47: 769-784.

Poff, N.L., et al. (2010). The ecological limits of hydrologic alteration (ELOHA): a new framework for developing regional environmental flow standards. Freshwater Biology, 55.1: 147-170.

Richter, B.D., J.V. Baumgartner, J. Powell, and D.P. Braun. (1996). A Method for Assessing Hydrologic Alteration within Ecosystems. Conservation Biology. 10:1163-1174. Exit EPA disclaimer

World Resources Institute. (2013). Natural Infrastructure Investing in Forested Landscapes for Source Water Protection in the United States. Exit EPA disclaimer

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Geomorphology

Montgomery, D. R., & Buffington, J. M. (1998). Channel Processes, Classification, and Response. River Ecology and Management. 13-42.

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Biological Condition

Flebbe, P., L. Roghair, and J. Bruggink. 2006. Spatial modeling to project Southern Appalachian Trout distribution in warmer climate. Transaction of the American Fisheries Society, 135:1371-1382.

Jelks, H.L., et al. (2008). Conservation Status of Imperiled North American Freshwater and Diadromous Fishes. Fisheries, 33(8): 372-407.

Karr, J. R. (1981). Assessment of Biotic Integrity Using Fish Communities. Fisheries, 6: 21-27.

Master, Lawrence L., Stephanie R. Flack, and Bruce A. Stein, eds. (1998). Rivers of Life: Critical Watersheds for Protecting Freshwater Biodiversity. The Nature Conservancy, Arlington, Virginia (PDF). (77 pp, 7.26MB) Exit EPA disclaimer

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Integrated Assessments

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. (2002). A Framework for Assessing and Reporting on Ecological Condition. Science Advisory Board (PDF) (142 pp, 1.4MB)

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