Curt, so that begs the question. What can be done now? I am not convinced we have more dcades to tinker with this issue.. Can you see why many of us say things like "nothing is being done"
we have to do things that will help imediatly. those tend to be the things people don't like.. our managing agencies have failed. it's time they be given the mandate to protect wild fish and give them the means to do it, including stepping on a few necks
If the Federal gov't didn't provide subsidized flood insurance no one would build their dream home in a floodplain because insurance would be too expensive and floods are certain. Rivers will regenerate their own habitat "correctly" if we let them, and very quickly.
I don't believe humans can "create" better riverine habitat than a river can, if left to do what it does. We think we understand the processes so we do this or do that, at great tax and ratepayer expense, when the river will do it better and for free, if we let it. Flood control...bull..!
And yes, I don't care about the potential losers who chose to build where floods are certain, or the logging companies that didn't plant the trees they cut and I don't care about those who make a living harvesting fish created by tax and ratepayers and sport fishing licenses. This is so screwed up no one even understands it fully.