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True tradeoffs

Natural, unpolluted, free-flowing streams provide many ecosystem goods and services that are vital to our economy and community. This common wealth from rivers needs to be recognized, characterized, and explicitly valued as we make decisions about natural resources, land use, and river management.

When we explicitly value these ecosystem goods and services, we will recognize the true economic tradeoffs between various river uses. For example, we will recognize tradeoffs between engineering a river for transportation and the river system's capacity to provide fish, freshwater, and flood control. Or perhaps we will recognize the tradeoffs between extracting irrigation water for industrial agriculture and leaving enough water for fish, recreational tourism, and waste recycling.

Recognizing the value of healthy river systems will help us create new streams of consciousness.

Joan Galli
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