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Introduction How Rivers Run Stories Value Of A River What We Can Do
Summary of Five Components of a River

In this section, How Rivers Run, we presented an overview of very complex river systems based on a five-component framework. Central themes that repeatedly emerge are the interconnectedness of land and water; that healthy systems have evolved natural regimes to maintain them and sustain us; that water cycles through systems such that we all live upstream and we all live downstream, in other words, "wastes" don't disappear; and that our clumsy if not careless interventions with complex ecosystems are not done without costly consequences.

In short, we provide a scientific foundation to explain why it makes sense to manage rivers and streams as systems, considering relationships among all five components. This management approach is based on a healthy respect, if not reverence, for how rivers run, versus a narrowly focused approach that attempts to run the rivers.

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