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We explored the concepts of equilibrium and stability and their role in stream assessment and restoration. The Natural Equilibrium Paradigm—the idea that streams naturally strive towards an optimally stable form that balances flow and sediment transport—is the underlying premise of stream stability definitions that presume static channel morphology...
Summary • The authors of ‘Standards for ecologically successful restoration’ ( Palmer et al. 2005 ) are commended for clearly articulating and discussing the nuances of establishing ecological standards in river restoration practice. We agree that there is a need for better and more thoughtful standards to elevate the practice of river restoration...
Goals: 1. To understand the history and basis of equilibrium theory in fluvial geomorphology 2. To understand the implications of the natural equilibrium paradigm in definitions of stream stability, stream functional assessment, and stream restoration.