Habitat elements in river basin management and planning

E. E. Herricks, M. I. Braga

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution


Comprehensive river basin management must move beyond narrowly focused programs dealing with water quantity or water quality. A more comprehensive approach to river basin management recognizes that both flow quantity and water quality can be summarized as habitat measures. A number of well developed physical habitat analysis and prediction procedures are presently available. Several computerized systems available from the U.S.Fish and Wildlife Service (Habitat Suitability Index - HSI and PHysical HABitat SIMulation - PHABSIM) provide macrohabitat definition. We have developed a water quality based habitat component which operates effectively for general analysis. With an emphasis on site specific management in the United States, the macrohabitat definition procedures may not meet all river basin management and planning requirements. This paper reviews the results of research which characterizes microhabitat in streams and rivers and provides a valuable extension to basin management procedures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationWater Science and Technology
Number of pages11
StatePublished - 1987
Externally publishedYes
EventDev in River Basin Manage, Proc of an IAWPRC Conf - Sao Paolo, Braz
Duration: Aug 13 1986Aug 15 1986


OtherDev in River Basin Manage, Proc of an IAWPRC Conf
CitySao Paolo, Braz

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Water Science and Technology


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