Journal article

Riverine invertebrate assemblages are degraded more by catchment urbanisation than by riparian deforestation

Christopher J Walsh, Kylie A Waller, Janelle Gehling, Ralph Mac Nally

Freshwater Biology | BLACKWELL PUBLISHING | Published : 2007

Abstract

Restoration of riparian forests has been promoted as a means of mitigating urban impacts on stream ecosystems. However, conventional urban stormwater drainage may diminish the beneficial effect of riparian forests. The relative effects of riparian deforestation and catchment urbanisation on stream ecosystems have rarely been discriminated because urban land use and riparian degradation usually covary. However, land use at three scales (channel canopy cover along a 100-m site, riparian forest cover within 200 m of the channel for 1 km upstream, and catchment imperviousness) covaried only weakly along the lowland Yarra River, Victoria, Australia. We tested the extent to which each land use mea..

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