Rivers for Life: Managing Water for People and Nature.  By Sandra Postel and Brian Richter, 2003. Island Press, Washington DC

Richter, B.D., J.D. Brown, R. DiBenedetto, A. Gorsky, E. Keenan, C. Madray, M. Morris, D. Rowell, and S. Ryu. 2017. Opportunities for saving and reallocating agricultural water to alleviate scarcity. Water Policy, Available Online 5 April 2017, wp2017143; DOI: 10.2166/wp.2017.143

Richter, B.D., D Abell, E Bacha, K Brauman, S Calos, A Cohn, C Disla, S Friedlander O’Brien, D Hodges, S Kaiser, M Loughran, C Mestre, M Reardon, and E Siegfried. 2013. Tapped out: how can cities secure their water future? Water Policy 15 (2013) 335–363.

Richter, B.D., M. Davis, C. Apse, and C. Konrad. A presumptive standard for environmental flow protection.  River Research and Applications 28 (2012): 1312-1321.

Richter, B.D., S. Postel, C. Revenga, T. Scudder, B. Lehner, A. Churchill, and M. Chow. Lost in development’s shadow: the downstream human consequences of dams.  2010. Water Alternatives 3(2): 14-42.

Richter, B.D., K. Williams, and P. Aarrestad.  2009. Featured collection on instream flows – recent advances and the road ahead.   Journal of the American Water Resources Association 45: 1069-1070.

Richter, B. 2008. Sustaining the Flow of the World’s Rivers Journal of the American Water Works Association, February 2008, pgs. 26-31.

Richter, B. D. and G. A. Thomas 2007. Restoring Environmental Flows by Modifying Dam Operations. Ecology and Society 12 (1): 12. [online] URL:

Richter, B. 2007.  Blue Water Awards: Recognizing Utilities that Protect the Environment.  Journal of the American Water Works Association, April 2007, pgs. 52-54.

Richter, B. 2007.  Meeting Urban Water Demands While Protecting Rivers: A Case Study from the Rivanna River, VirginiaJournal of the American Water Works Association, June 2007, pgs. 24-26.

Richter, B.D., A.T. Warner, J.L. Meyer, and K. Lutz.  2006. A collaborative and adaptive process for developing environmental flow recommendations.  River Research and Applications 22: 297-318.

Richter, Brian, Richard Roos-Collins, and Andrew Fahlund. 2005. A framework for ecologically sustainable water management.  Hydro Review, July 2005: 84-90.

Richter, Brian and Sandra Postel. 2004. Can we save earth’s rivers?  Issues in Science and Technology 20/3: 31-36.

Richter, B.D., R. Mathews, D.L. Harrison, and R. Wigington. 2003. Ecologically sustainable water management: managing river flows for ecological integrityEcological Applications 13:206-224.

Richter, B.D. and H.E. Richter. 2000. Prescribing flood regimes to sustain riparian ecosystems along meandering rivers. Conservation Biology 14:1467-1478.

Richter, B.D. and K.H. Redford. 1999. The art (and science) of the deal between conservation and use.  Conservation Biology 13:1235-1237.

Richter, B.D. 1999. Characterizing hydrologic regimes in ecologically meaningful termsStream Notes, January 1999. Stream Systems Technology Center, US Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Fort Collins, Colorado.

Richter, B.D., J.V. Baumgartner, D.P. Braun, and J. Powell. 1998. A spatial assessment of hydrologic alteration within a river networkRegulated Rivers 14:329-340.

Richter, B.D., D.P. Braun, M. A. Mendelson, and L.L. Master. 1997. Threats to imperiled freshwater faunaConservation Biology 11:1081-1093.

Richter, B.D., J.V. Baumgartner, R. Wigington, and D.P. Braun.  1997. How much water does a river need?  Freshwater Biology 37:231-249.

Richter, B.D., J.V. Baumgartner, J. Powell, and D.P. Braun. 1996. A method for assessing hydrologic alteration within ecosystems. Conservation Biology 10:1163-1174.

Richter, B.D. and J. Powell. 1996. Simple hydrologic models for use in floodplain research. Natural Areas Journal 16:362-366.

Richter, B.D. 1993. Ecosystem-level conservation at The Nature Conservancy: growing needs for applied research in conservation biology. Journal of North American Benthological Society 12(2):197-200.

Richter, B.D. and H.E. Richter. 1992. Development of groundwater and ecological models for protecting a southwestern riparian ecosystem. First Intl. Conf. on Ground Water Ecology. USEPA/AWRA. April 1992.

Richter, B.D. 1987. The American wetlands: genesis and purity in the swamps. American Land Forum.

Richter, B.D. 1987. Community erosion control programs for water quality improvement. Public Works Magazine.

Richter, B.D. and J.T. Kircher. 1984. A summary of basin and streamflow characteristics for selected basins in western Colorado and adjacent states. USGS Open File Report 84-137.

Peer-Reviewed Publications, Co-Authorships:

Debaere, P., B.D. Richter, K.F. Davis, M.S. Duvall, J.A. Gephart, C.E. O’Bannon, C. Pelnik, E.M. Powell, and T.W. Smith. 2014. Water markets as a response to scarcity.  Water Policy, in press.

Hoekstra, A.Y, M.M. Mekonnen, A.K. Chapagain, R.E. Mathews, and B.D. Richter. 2011. Global monthly water scarcity: blue water footprints versus blue water availability. PLoS ONE 7(2): e32688. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0032688

Fingerman, K.R., G. Berndes, S., B.D. Richter, and P. Vugteveen. Impact assessment at the bioenergy-water nexus. Biofuels, Bioprod. Bioref. 5:375–386.

Aldous, A., J. Fitzsimons, B. Richter, and L. Bach. Droughts, floods, and freshwater ecosystems: evaluating climate change impacts and developing adaptation strategies. Marine and Freshwater Research 62: 223-231.

Watts, R.J., B.D. Richter, J.J.Oppermann, K.H. Bowmer. Dam re-operation as a freshwater climate change adaptation and conservation measure.  Marine and Freshwater Research 62: 321-327.

Poff, N. and Richter, B. 2012. Water Resources and Sustainable Aquatic Ecosystems: A Vision for 2050. Toward a Sustainable Water Future, Chapter 19,  pp. 175-186. doi: 10.1061/9780784412077.ch19

Opperman, J.J., G.E. Galloway, J. Fargione, J.F. Mount, B.D. Richter, and S. Secchi. 2009. Sustainable floodplains through large-scale reconnection to rivers. Science 325:1487-1488.

Palmer, M.A., D.P. Lettenmaier, N.L. Poff, S.L. Postel, B.D. Richter, R. Warner. 2009.  Climate Change and River Ecosystems: Protection and Adaptation Options. Environmental Management 44(6):1053-68. doi: 10.1007/s00267-009-9329-1.

Poff N. L.,  B. Richter, A. Arthington, S.E. Bunn, R.J. Naiman, E. Kendy, M. Acreman, C. Apse, B.P. Bledsoe, M. Freeman, J. Henriksen, R.B. Jacobsen, J. Kennen, D.M. Merritt, J. O’Keefe, J. Olden, K. Rogers, R.E. Tharme and A Warner.  2009. The ecological limits of hydrologic alteration (ELOHA): a new framework for developing regional environmental flow standards. Freshwater Biology 55: 147-170.

Palmer, M.A., Lettenmaier, D. Poff, N.L. Postel, S. Richter, B., et al. (2008). Wild and scenic rivers. In ‘Preliminary review of adaptation options for climate-sensitive ecosystems and resources’. A Report by the U.S. Climate Change Science Program and the Subcommittee on Global Change Research (Eds S. H. Julius, J. M. West.) Chapter 6: pp. 1-38. (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency: Washington, DC, USA.)

Harrison, D., J. Opperman, and B. Richter. 2007. Can Hydropower Be Sustainable?  International Water Power and Dam Construction 59: 22-25.

Mathews, R. and B.D. Richter. 2007. Application of Indicators of Hydrologic Alteration Software in Environmental Flow-Setting.  Journal of the American Water Resources Association 43:1400-1413.

Gordon, W. and B. Richter. 2006. On quantifying freshwater sustainability through multi-scale mapping.  Eos 87: 141.

Fitzhugh, T.W. and B.D. Richter. 2004. Quenching urban thirst: growing cities and their impacts on freshwater ecosystems. BioScience 54:741-754.

Postel, Sandra and Brian Richter.  2004. Rivers for Life: Managing Water for People and Nature. Nature Conservancy Magazine, Spring issue.

Poff, N.L., J.D. Allan, M.A. Palmer, D.D. Hart, B.D. Richter, A.H. Arthington, K.H. Rogers, J.L. Meyer, J.A. Stanford. 2003. River flows and water wars: emerging science for environmental decision-making. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 1:298-306.

Baron, J.S., N.L. Poff, P.L. Angermeier, C.N. Dahm, P.H. Gleick, N.G. Hairston, R.B. Jackson, C.A. Johnston, B.D. Richter, and A.D. Steinman. 2003. Sustaining healthy freshwater systems. Issues in Ecology 10, Winter 2003:1-16.

Baron, J.S., N.L. Poff, P.L. Angermeier, C.N. Dahm, P.H. Gleick, N.G. Hairston, R.B. Jackson, C.A. Johnston, B.D. Richter, and A.D. Steinman. 2002. Meeting ecological and societal needs for freshwater.  Ecological Applications 12:1247-1260

Redford, K.H. and B. Richter. Conservation of biodiversity in a world of use. Wild Earth, Summer 2000: 9-11.

Poiani, K.P., B.D. Richter, M.G. Anderson, and H.E. Richter. 2000. Biodiversity

conservation at multiple scales: functional sites, landscapes, and networks. BioScience


Redford, K.H. and B. D. Richter. 1999. Conservation of biodiversity in a world of use.  Conservation Biology 13:1246-1256.

Poff, N.L., J.D. Allan, M.B. Bain, J.R. Karr, K.L. Prestegaard, B.D. Richter, R.E. Sparks, and J.C. Stromberg. 1997. The natural flow regime: a paradigm for river conservation and restoration. BioScience 47:769-784.

Stromberg, J.C., R. Tiller, and B.D. Richter. 1996. Predicting the effects of incremental ground water decline on semiarid region riparian vegetation: case study of the San Pedro River, Arizona.  Ecological Applications 6:113-131.

Stromberg, J.C., B.D. Richter, D.T. Patten, and L.G. Wolden. 1993. Response of a Sonoran riparian forest to a 10-year return flood. Great Basin Naturalist 53(2):118-130.

Stromberg, J.C., D.T. Patten, and B.D. Richter. 1991. Flood flows and dynamics of Sonoran riparian forests. Rivers 2(3):221-235.

Kircher, J.T. and B.D. Richter. 1985. Estimation of natural streamflow characteristics for selected basins in western Colorado and adjacent states. USGS Water Resource Investigations Report 85-4086.


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