Skip to main content
U.S. flag

An official website of the United States government

Reservoir rehabilitations: Seeking the Fountain of Youth

December 31, 2015

Aging of reservoirs alters the functions, and associated services, of these systems through time. The goal of habitat rehabilitation is often to alter the trajectory of the aging process such that the duration of the desired state is prolonged. There are two important characteristics in alteration of the trajectory—the amplitude relative to current state and the subsequent rate of change, or aging—that ultimately determine the duration of extension for the desired state. Rehabilitation processes largely fall into three main categories: fish community manipulation, water quality manipulation, and physical habitat manipulation. We can slow aging of reservoirs through carefully implemented management actions, perhaps even turning back the hands of time, but we cannot stop aging. We call for new, innovative perspectives that incorporate an understanding of aging processes in all steps of rehabilitation of reservoirs, especially in planning and assessing.

Citation Information

Publication Year 2017
Title Reservoir rehabilitations: Seeking the Fountain of Youth
DOI 10.1080/03632415.2015.1017635
Authors Mark A. Pegg, Kevin L. Pope, L.A. Powell, Kelly C. Turek, Jonathan J. Spurgeon, Nathaniel T. Stewart, Nick P. Hogberg, Mark T. Porath
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Fisheries
Index ID 70190305
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Coop Res Unit Seattle

Related Content