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Title Page, Copyright

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Preface

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pp. vii-x

In August 2003 thirty-five of the most respected academics, agency staff, and consultants in stream restoration in the United States met in Minneapolis. They were a disciplinarily diverse but otherwise fairly...

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Acknowledgments

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pp. xi-xvi

Qualitative research is impossible unless a great number of busy people take time away from their primary activities to talk. I am thus very grateful both to the short course students who filled out my surveys and put up with having one of their fellow participants observe them and to the people who took the time to talk with me about their restoration work...

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CHAPTER 1. Introduction

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pp. 1-17

The basic premise of ecological restoration is that people can undo past anthropogenic environmental damage and contribute positively to the planet’s health (Jordan 2000). This idea’s tremendous appeal has made restoration a driving force in the environmental movement...

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CHAPTER 2. Stream Restoration and Natural Channel Design

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pp. 18-38

The Rosgen Wars are deeply substantive, so analyzing them requires a firm grasp on the basics of how streams work and why they are restored. Thus I offer here a brief primer on streams, why they have become degraded, what people hope to accomplish...

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CHAPTER 3. The History of Stream Restoration and the Rise of Rosgen

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pp. 39-54

With a basic understanding of how streams work and a grasp on the primary components of the Natural Channel Design approach, we can now jump into the stream restoration field and raise some key questions about the conflict that has convulsed it since the mid-1990s. Where did Dave Rosgen, the producer of these controversial knowledge claims, come from?...

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CHAPTER 4. Capital Conflicts

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pp. 55-77

The simplest question about Natural Channel Design turns out to be the hardest to answer: does it work or not? Despite the fact that ncd has been in use since the mid-1980s, there...

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CHAPTER 5. Building a Base of Support

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pp. 78-99

In the previous chapter we explored the intellectual substance of the Rosgen Wars. The inescapable conclusion was that while substantive questions are central to the Rosgen Wars, so too are power struggles over what kinds of capital should have primacy in the restoration field...

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CHAPTER 6. The Political Economy of Stream Restoration

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pp. 100-115

The preceding chapters analyzed the dramatic change in the internal power structure of the stream restoration field, revealed the accusations participants in the Rosgen Wars level against each other as simultaneous claims to truth and capital, and described how Rosgen’s production...

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CHAPTER 7. Conclusions

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pp. 116-126

The unusual state of the American stream restoration field raises some critical questions. First, why was Rosgen able to establish himself as the most scientifically legitimate expert in the stream restoration field — the primary trainer of practitioners and the developer...

Appendix: Interview and Survey Metadata

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pp. 127-134

Notes

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pp. 135-146

References

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pp. 147-158

Index

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pp. 159-172