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Guiding Principles
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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 and actions.


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