Instream Flows for Riverine Resource Stewardship

Author: Tom Annear,Hal Beecher,Instream Flow Council (U.S.)

Publisher: Atlasbooks Dist Serv

ISBN: 9780971674318

Category: Nature

Page: 268

View: 4142

This book provides a detailed description of riverine ecosystem management concepts and strategies for aquatic resource managers and others involved in the determination of instream flow needs and water management. This revised edition is fully illustrated and cites over 600 references to provide a comprehensive treatment of riverine ecology, the role of the public, and legal aspects of river management. The book contains 46 policy statements related to program development and study design and includes descriptions and critical opinions of 34 instream flow methods.

The Science of Instream Flows

A Review of the Texas Instream Flow Program

Author: National Research Council,Division on Earth and Life Studies,Water Science and Technology Board,Committee on Review of Methods for Establishing Instream Flows for Texas Rivers

Publisher: National Academies Press

ISBN: 9780309181402

Category: Science

Page: 162

View: 1247

Across the United States, municipalities, counties, and states grapple with issues of ensuring adequate amounts of water in times of high demand and low supply. Instream flow programs aim to balance ecosystem requirements and human uses of water, and try to determine how much water should be in rivers. With its range of river and ecosystem conditions, growing population, and high demands on water, Texas is representative of instream flow challenges across the United States, and its instream flow program may be a model for other jurisdictions. Three state agenciesâ€"the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB), the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD), and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ)â€"asked a committee of the National Research Council (NRC) to review the Programmatic Work Plan (PWP) and Technical Overview Document (TOD) that outline the state’s instream flow initiative. The committee suggested several changes to the proposed plan, such as establishing clearer goals, modifying the flow chart that outlines the necessary steps for conducting an instream flow study, and provide better linkages between individual studies of biology, hydrology and hydraulics, physical processes, and water quality.

Hydrology, Ecology, and Fishes of the Klamath River Basin

Author: Committee on Hydrology, Ecology, and Fishes of the Klamath River,Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology,Water Science and Technology Board,Division on Earth and Life Studies,National Research Council

Publisher: National Academies Press

ISBN: 030911506X

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 272

View: 3198

The Klamath River basin, which spans parts of southern Oregon and northern California, has been the focus of a prominent conflict over competing uses for water. Management actions to protect threatened and endangered fish species in the basin have left less water available for irrigation in dry years and heightened tensions among farmers and other stakeholders including commercial fishermen, Native Americans, conservationists, hunters, anglers, and hydropower producers. This National Research Council book assesses two recent studies that evaluate various aspects of flows in the Klamath basin: (1) the Instream Flow Phase II study (IFS), conducted by Utah State University, and (2) the Natural Flow of the Upper Klamath Basin study (NFS), conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (USBR). The book concludes that both studies offer important new information but do not provide enough information for detailed management of flows in the Klamath River, and it offers many suggestions for improving the studies. The report recommends that a comprehensive analysis of the many individual studies of the Klamath river basin be conducted so that a big picture perspective of the entire basin and research and management needs can emerge.

Integrated Approaches to Riverine Resources Stewardship

Author: Allan Locke

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780971674325

Category: Nature

Page: 430

View: 9319

Integrated Approaches to Riverine Resource Stewardship provides detailed descriptions of several case studies of riverine ecosystem management throughout North America. Also included are examples of monitoring techniques and adaptive environmental assessment and management, and a comprehensive discussion of advancing the state-of-the-practice for instream flow studies. One of the most important aspects of riverine resource management is the law. This book contains an in-depth discussion on the legal tools for instream flow protection at the state, provincial, and federal levels. Also included are discussions on training and research needs.

Water Trading and Global Water Scarcity

International Experiences

Author: Josefina Maestu

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 0415638216

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 353

View: 9884

Water scarcity is an increasing problem in many parts of the world, yet conventional supply-side economics and management are insufficient to deal with it. In this book the role of water trading as an instrument of integrated water resources management is explored in depth. It is also shown to be an instrument for conflict resolution, where it may be necessary to reallocate water in the context of increasing scarcity. Recent experiences of implementation in different river basins have shown their potential as instruments for improving allocation. These experiences, however, also show that there are implementation challenges and some limitations to trading that need to be considered. This book explores the various types of water trading formulas through the experience of using them in different parts of the world. The final result is varied because, in most cases, trading is conditioned by the legal and institutional framework in which the transactions are carried out. The role of government and the definition of water rights and licenses are critical for the success of water trading. The book studies the institutional framework and how transactions have been undertaken, drawing some lessons on how trading can improve. It also analyses whether trading has really been a positive instrument to manage scarcity and improve water ecosystems and pollution emission problems in those parts of the world which are most affected. The book concludes by making policy proposals to improve the implementation of water trading.

The World's Water 2006-2007

The Biennial Report on Freshwater Resources

Author: Peter H. Gleick,Gary H. Wolff,Heather Cooley,Meena Palaniappan,Andrea Samulon,Emily Lee,Jason Morrison,David Katz

Publisher: Island Press

ISBN: 9781597269513

Category: Science

Page: 392

View: 9673

Produced biennially, The World's Water provides a timely examination of the key issues surrounding freshwater resources and their use. Each new volume identifies and explains the most significant current trends worldwide, and offers the best data available on a variety of water-related topics. The 2006-2007 volume features overview chapters on: Water and terrorism Business risks of water Water and ecosystems Floods and droughts Desalination Environmental justice and water The book contains an updated chronology of global conflicts associated with water as well as an assessment of recent water conferences, including the 4th World Water Forum. It also offers a brief review of issues surrounding the use of bottled water and the possible existence of water on Mars. From one of the world's leading authorities on water issues, The World's Water is the most comprehensive and up-to-date source of information and analysis on freshwater resources and the political, economic, scientific, and technological issues associated with them.

Rivers for Life

Managing Water For People And Nature

Author: Sandra Postel,Brian Richter

Publisher: Island Press

ISBN: 1597267805

Category: Nature

Page: 220

View: 3422

The conventional approach to river protection has focused on water quality and maintaining some ""minimum"" flow that was thought necessary to ensure the viability of a river. In recent years, however, scientific research has underscored the idea that the ecological health of a river system depends not on a minimum amount of water at any one time but on the naturally variable quantity and timing of flows throughout the year. In Rivers for Life, leading water experts Sandra Postel and Brian Richter explain why restoring and preserving more natural river flows are key to sustaining freshwater biodiversity and healthy river systems, and describe innovative policies, scientific approaches, and management reforms for achieving those goals. Sandra Postel and Brian Richter: explain the value of healthy rivers to human and ecosystem health; describe the ecological processes that support river ecosystems and how they have been disrupted by dams, diversions, and other alterations; consider the scientific basis for determining how much water a river needs; examine new management paradigms focused on restoring flow patterns and sustaining ecological health; assess the policy options available for managing rivers and other freshwater systems; explore building blocks for better river governance Sandra Postel and Brian Richter offer case studies of river management from the United States (the San Pedro, Green, and Missouri), Australia (the Brisbane), and South Africa (the Sabie), along with numerous examples of new and innovative policy approaches that are being implemented in those and other countries. Rivers for Life presents a global perspective on the challenges of managing water for people and nature, with a concise yet comprehensive overview of the relevant science, policy, and management issues. It presents exciting and inspirational information for anyone concerned with water policy, planning and management, river conservation, freshwater biodiversity, or related topics.

Biology of Hawaiian Streams and Estuaries

Proceedings of the Symposium on the Biology of Hawaiian Streams and Estuaries : Hilo, Hawaiʻi, 26-27 April 2005

Author: Neal L. Evenhuis,J. Michael Fitzsimmons

Publisher: N.A


Category: Estuarine ecology

Page: 334

View: 9270


Adaptive Management for Water Resources Project Planning

Author: Committee to Assess the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Methods of Analysis and Peer Review for Water Resources Project Planning,Panel on Adaptive Management for Resource Stewardship,Water Science and Technology Board,Ocean Studies Board,Division on Earth and Life Studies,National Research Council

Publisher: National Academies Press

ISBN: 0309091918

Category: Science

Page: 138

View: 8726

This book reviews the Corps of Engineers' experiences to date with the concept of "adaptive management" and provides advice on additional and more effective implementation of this planning approach. The adaptive management concept itself is complex and evolving, but might be summarized as "learning while doing." The book reviews literature on adaptive management and notes that a range of adaptive management practices present themselves for Corps projects. It is noted that there is no "cookbook" approach to adaptive management, and the book encourages the Corps of Engineers to continue to work with and learn from its applications of the concept. To facilitate institutional learning and to ensure that experiences are being employed across the agency, the book recommends that a Corps Center for Adaptive Management be established. The book also notes that greater involvement from the administration and Congress will be essential to successful adaptive management applications, as the Corps' efforts in this area will benefit from clarified water resources management objectives, the authority to manage adaptively, and from resources necessary for programs such as stakeholder collaboration and post-construction evaluations.

The World's Water

The Biennial Report on Freshwater Resources

Author: Gary H. Wolff,Heather Cooley,Meena Palaniappan,Andrea Samulon,Emily Lee,Jason Morrison,David Katz

Publisher: N.A


Category: Fresh water

Page: N.A

View: 537


Stream and Watershed Restoration

A Guide to Restoring Riverine Processes and Habitats

Author: Philip Roni,Tim Beechie

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118406648

Category: Science

Page: 332

View: 4225

With $2 billion spent annually on stream restoration worldwide, there is a pressing need for guidance in this area, but until now, there was no comprehensive text on the subject. Filling that void, this unique text covers both new and existing information following a stepwise approach on theory, planning, implementation, and evaluation methods for the restoration of stream habitats. Comprehensively illustrated with case studies from around the world, Stream and Watershed Restoration provides a systematic approach to restoration programs suitable for graduate and upper-level undergraduate courses on stream or watershed restoration or as a reference for restoration practitioners and fisheries scientists. Part of the Advancing River Restoration and Management Series. Additional resources for this book can be found at: