, Letter from the Editor, The Solutions Journal, Volume 9, Issue 3, July 2018, (https://www.thesolutionsjournal.com/article/letter-from-the-editor/) Abstract: Mni Wiconi! Water is Life! Our cover photo for this special issue on river ecosystems was donated by Franck Vogel – a freelance photographer and author of Fleuves Frontières. This photo of life in the Mekong River valley shows the poignant connection between healthy coastal systems and human livelihoods. In this special issue of The Solutions Journal, we take an in-depth scientific look at the challenges facing rivers, wetlands, estuaries, and their ecosystems. Rising sea levels and increasing storm intensity have placed tremendous stress on coastal ecosystems. Coupled with human encroachment and alteration of these environments, many coastal waterways and the species they support require innovative technological and ecological approaches to restoration and recovery. The Feature articles in this issue of Solutions present the best available insights into managing today’s stressed coastal regions. And, like all good science, their articles do not present easy answers. … Topics: