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River and stream systems are far too complex for
us to fully understand. The massive volume of
scientific literature that addresses aquatic
systems and their management is overwhelming, but
doesn't offer all the answers.
Our first admission, as
Peter Gleick states in Water in Crisis,
is that "we don't know what we don't know."
Therefore, our attempts to better understand
complex systems should acknowledge our ignorance,
not proceed with arrogance; our perspectives need
to grow out of humility, not hubris.
And yet, in order for life to continue to be
sustained by these freshwater ecosystems, we need
some underlying principles that guide our decisions