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Environmental Management

, Volume 25, Issue 6, pp 661–679 | Cite as

River Styles, a Geomorphic Approach to Catchment Characterization: Implications for River Rehabilitation in Bega Catchment, New South Wales, Australia

  • Gary J.  Brierley
  • Kirstie  Fryirs

Analysis of the character and condition of each river style in Bega catchment, and their downstream patterns, are used to provide a biophysical basis to prioritorize river management strategies. These reach-scale strategies are prioritorized within an integrative catchment framework. Conserving near-intact sections of the catchment is the first priority. Second, those parts of the catchment that have natural recovery potential are targeted. Finally, rehabilitation priorities are considered for highly degraded reaches. At these sites, erosion and sedimentation problems may reflect irreversible changes to river structure.

KEY WORDS: Fluvial geomorphology; Australian rivers; Integrative catchment management; River style; River classification; River conservation; River rehabilitation 

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© Springer-Verlag New York Inc. 2000

Authors and Affiliations

  • Gary J.  Brierley
    • 1
  • Kirstie  Fryirs
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Physical Geography, Macquarie University, North Ryde, NSW 2109, Australia AU

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