Policy Considerations for the Restoration of Mississippi's Rivers, future Water Quality, and Environmental Management with Consideration for the Future Inpact of Increasing Ambient Temperatures.

Author(s): Appleton, J.

Considering the projects that are the result of the Gulf Coast Restoration Act (GCRA), continued and on-going concerns with regards to water quality, agricultural and forestry activities, and the predicted impact of future warming on the rivers and streams of Mississippi, policy makers should consider a broad agenda of not simply providing water for future use and need, but these projects as the foundation of a new approach to the management of the states flowing water resources. These streams and rivers should not merely be considered for restoration, but for on-going mitigating management and development. In essence, in the context of warming temperatures, these resources are not and cannot be restored in the narrow sense, but can be managed in the dynamic sense. Such management should not be limited to, but could include wider civic participation in both the managerial goal setting, and in the care of the rivers and streams themselves. The rivers and steams should be evaluated with consideration for their ecosystems services, mitigation of the effects of a warming climate, and as the backbones of green corridors. Consideration should not include just the water itself, but the riparian ecology, the watershed, the management and perhaps the expansion and/or reintroduction of a range of species. The overall goal of future policies should be the provisioning and protection of water resources as part of a larger effort of environmental protection, and warming mitigation and adaptation.

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