Restoration and river management in the arid southwestern USA: Exploring project design trends and features

Andrea K. Gerlak, Susanna Eden, Sharon Megdal, Kelly Mott Lacroix, Andrew Schwarz

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River restoration activities are becoming increasingly common in many communities today. Such efforts in Arizona are illustrative of a larger ecosystem and river restoration trend underway nationally and internationally. This paper examines river restoration efforts in Arizona in the context of changing federal and state agency missions and local priorities. Restoration projects on four significant rivers are analyzed with a keen look at the design features they share. Multiple purpose goals, collaborative funding and support, community involvement, and monitoring and maintenance emerged as important project design features. We found that the extent to which these features were planned and implemented in any given project varied with several factors such as size, accessibility to urban populations and the mission of the principal sponsoring entity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)461-480
Number of pages20
JournalWater Policy
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2009


  • Project design features
  • Restoration
  • Rivers
  • Salt River
  • San Pedro River
  • Santa Cruz River
  • US Army Corps of Engineers
  • US Bureau of Reclamation
  • Verde River

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Water Science and Technology
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law


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