Swiped from Nature News (www.nature.com). Here’s an article discussing the (likely) possibility that the best intentions of fluvial restoration ecologists could have been misguided. It discusses the true natural state of streams and how we’ve been restoring them using a model too muddied by the impacts of small dams built between the 17th and 19 century.
On a personal note, I have a romantic idealized notion of what rivers and streams back east look like. I grew up reading Little Women and Rip Van Winkle and all the stories of Edith Wharton which ALL take place in Connecticut or Vermont. I haven’t traveled much back east (save for a quick trip to Vermont and a trip to NYC (not much nature there though)) so I guess I have a romantic image of covered bridges and little water wheels scooping water up like they have for centuries. I should go see that before those darn environmentalists get their hands on them. 🙂