The need for a multidisciplinary approach to the design and adaptive management of constructed wetlands is illustrated by case examples of channel form and function in a variety of wetland types. Channels in wetland systems are typically viewed simply as conduits of water inflow and outflow. However, there are dynamic interrelationships amongst vegetation, hydrology/hydraulics, and substrate in wetland channel systems that demand a more holistic approach to wetland management that considers the disciplines of biology, engineering, and sedimentary geology. Recognition of the inter-dependence of the biologic, hydrologic, and geomorphic components of channelized flow in wetland systems is critical to the successful design of self-sustaining constructed wetlands.
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