Riparian Areas of the Southwestern United States: Hydrology, Ecology, and Management

By Malchus B. Baker Jr.; Peter F. Ffolliott et al. | Go to book overview
CHAPTER 14
Water Availability and Recreational Opportunities
Thomas C. BrownCONTENTS
14.1 Streamflow-Dependent Recreation 300
14.1.1 Boating 300
14.1.2 Wading and Swimming 304
14.1.3 Fishing 305
14.2 Streamflow-Enhanced Recreation 305
14.2.1 Hiking 306
14.2.2 Aesthetics 307
14.3 Multiple Objectives of Managed Flows 308
14.3.1 Issues Confronted 308
14.3.2 Rio Chama Study 309
14.3.2.1 Methodologies 309
14.3.2.2 Results 310
14.4 Summary 312
References 313

Recreation helps maintain physical and emotional health and enhances the quality of life. Much of the nation's recreation activity occurs out of doors. 1 The Southwest's bounteous forests, woodlands and deserts provide ample outdoor recreation opportunities, a reason for the region's rapidly expanding population. Outdoor recreation is important to city dwellers, many of whom crave temporary escape from their urban surroundings, and to rural inhabitants, some of whom choose to live away from the city partly to be close to outdoor recreation opportunities.

Riparian areas act as magnets for outdoor recreationists, particularly in the arid Southwest. People flock to riparian areas for active pursuits such as boating, fishing, hiking and camping and also simply to see and be close to the water and its

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