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Sustaining healthy freshwater ecosystems

January 1, 2004

Functionally intact and biologically complex freshwater ecosystems provide many economically valuable commodities and services to society. The services supplied by freshwater ecosystems include flood control, transportation, recreation, purification of human and industrial wastes, habitat for plants and animals, and production of fish and other foods and marketable goods. These human benefits are called ecological services, defined as “the conditions and processes through which natural ecosystems, and the species that make them up, sustain and fulfill human life” (Daily 1997). Over the long term, healthy freshwater ecosystems are likely to retain the adaptive capacity to sustain production of these ecological services in the face of future environmental disruptions such as climate change.

Publication Year 2004
Title Sustaining healthy freshwater ecosystems
Authors Jill Baron, N.L. Poff
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Water Resources Update
Index ID 1015156
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Fort Collins Science Center