Israeli/Palestinian transboundary stream restoration and management

Lessons for the future

Alon Tal, Nader Al Khateeb, Neta Nagouker, Hila Akerman, Mousa Diabat, Alice Nassar, Roey Angel, Muath Abu Sadah, Yaron Hershkovitz, Avital Gasith, Amjad Aliewi, Dima Halawani, Adam Abramson, Amjad Assi, Jonathan B. Laronne, Lior Asaf

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Abstract

A 3 year study between a joint Palestinian and Israeli research team monitored two of their major shared watersheds: the Zomar/Alexander and the Hebron/Besor basins. The extremely degraded water quality conditions were traced to a variety of point and non-point pollution sources. This article summarizes the team's recommendations for future management activities if a coordinated rehabilitation effort is to be successful.A common restoration strategy should include transboundary planning that encompasses the entire watershed, with reduction in phosphorus loadings being a top shared priority. The sides should agree on common 'in-stream' standards and pollution reduction goals. Pollution reduction strategies must focus on eliminating contaminants at the source, rather than continuing present interventions that attempt to mitigate or treat pollutants after they are already in the stream. Non-point source controls, especially for agricultural runoff, have not been a priority until now, but must be adopted for water quality objectives to be met. Only through a joint rehabilitation strategy will progress be made in restoring the quality of these important natural resources.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)207-213
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal of River Basin Management
Volume8
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2010
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Israel
  • Palestine
  • Stream restoration
  • Transboundary
  • Watershed management

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Water Science and Technology

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Israeli/Palestinian transboundary stream restoration and management : Lessons for the future. / Tal, Alon; Khateeb, Nader Al; Nagouker, Neta; Akerman, Hila; Diabat, Mousa; Nassar, Alice; Angel, Roey; Sadah, Muath Abu; Hershkovitz, Yaron; Gasith, Avital; Aliewi, Amjad; Halawani, Dima; Abramson, Adam; Assi, Amjad; Laronne, Jonathan B.; Asaf, Lior.

In: International Journal of River Basin Management, Vol. 8, No. 2, 01.12.2010, p. 207-213.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Tal, A, Khateeb, NA, Nagouker, N, Akerman, H, Diabat, M, Nassar, A, Angel, R, Sadah, MA, Hershkovitz, Y, Gasith, A, Aliewi, A, Halawani, D, Abramson, A, Assi, A, Laronne, JB & Asaf, L 2010, 'Israeli/Palestinian transboundary stream restoration and management: Lessons for the future', International Journal of River Basin Management, vol. 8, no. 2, pp. 207-213. https://doi.org/10.1080/15715124.2010.491797
Tal, Alon ; Khateeb, Nader Al ; Nagouker, Neta ; Akerman, Hila ; Diabat, Mousa ; Nassar, Alice ; Angel, Roey ; Sadah, Muath Abu ; Hershkovitz, Yaron ; Gasith, Avital ; Aliewi, Amjad ; Halawani, Dima ; Abramson, Adam ; Assi, Amjad ; Laronne, Jonathan B. ; Asaf, Lior. / Israeli/Palestinian transboundary stream restoration and management : Lessons for the future. In: International Journal of River Basin Management. 2010 ; Vol. 8, No. 2. pp. 207-213.
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