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  • A practical guide to environmental flows for policy and planning (with 9 case studies)

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    A practical guide to environmental flows for policy and planning (with 9 case studies)

    The Nature Conservancy | May 18, 2012...
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    Environmental flows are gaining broad recognition across the United States, and the underlying science is sufficiently developed to support regional planning and policy...

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  • A Practitioner’s Guide to Instream Flow Transactions in California

    The purpose of this guide is to help water right holders –and those assisting them – understand their options for keeping water instream in California.

    A Practitioner’s Guide to Instream Flow Transactions in California

    SWIFT Working Group, American Rivers, Nature Conservancy, Trout Unlimited, Scott River Water Trust, River Right, Alford Environmental | March 1, 2016...
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    The purpose of this guide is to help water right holders –and those assisting them – understand their options for keeping water instream...

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  • Development of Flow Criteria for the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Ecosystem

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    Development of Flow Criteria for the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Ecosystem

    California State Water Resources Control Board | August 4, 2010...
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    Water Code section 85086 (See Appendix B), contained in the Delta Reform Act, was enacted as part of the comprehensive package of water...

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  • Development of Recommended Flow Targets to Support Biological Integrity Based on Regional Flow-ecology Relationships for Benthic Macroinvertebrates in Southern California Streams

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    Development of Recommended Flow Targets to Support Biological Integrity Based on Regional Flow-ecology Relationships for Benthic Macroinvertebrates in Southern California Streams

    Southern California Coastal Water Research Project | March 23, 2017...
    Summary

    Changes to instream flow are known to be one of the major factors that affect the health of biological communities. Regulatory, monitoring, and...

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  • Ecological Limits of Hydrologic Alteration: Environmental Flows for Regional Water Management

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    Ecological Limits of Hydrologic Alteration: Environmental Flows for Regional Water Management

    US Environmental Protection Agency | March 20, 2008...
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    Worldwide, water conflicts are escalating as cities, industries, agriculture, and energy producers compete for limited freshwater supplies. At the same time, there is...

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  • Final EPA-USGS Technical Report: Protecting Aquatic Life from Effects of Hydrologic Alteration

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    Final EPA-USGS Technical Report: Protecting Aquatic Life from Effects of Hydrologic Alteration

    USGS | December 6, 2016...
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    The natural flow regime of a water body, defined as its characteristic pattern of flow magnitude, timing, duration, frequency, and rate of change,...

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  • Flow Recommendations to the State Water Resources Control Board

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    Flow Recommendations to the State Water Resources Control Board

    Department of Fish and Wildlife | May 22, 2008...
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    Pursuant to Public Resouces Code (PRC) Section 10001, in the early 1980s, the Department of Fish and Game (DFG) in coordiantion with all...

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  • Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment: Alteration of streamflow magnitudes and potential ecological consequences: a multiregional assessment

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    Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment: Alteration of streamflow magnitudes and potential ecological consequences: a multiregional assessment

    Ecological Society of America | October 19, 2010...
    Summary

    Human impacts on watershed hydrology are widespread in the US, but the prevalence and severity of streamflow alteration and its potential ecological consequences...

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  • Instream flow evaluation: Temperature and passage assessment for salmonids in Mill Creek, Tehama County

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    Instream flow evaluation: Temperature and passage assessment for salmonids in Mill Creek, Tehama County

    Department of Fish and Wildlife | May 8, 2017...
    Summary

    Mill Creek is among the essential streams for recovery and perpetuation of wild stocks of Central Valley spring-run Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha), and...

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  • Instream Flow Regime Recommendations, Big Sur River, Monterey County

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    Instream Flow Regime Recommendations, Big Sur River, Monterey County

    Department of Fish and Wildlife | September 23, 2016...
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    The Department of Fish and Wildlife (Department) has interest in assuring that water flows within streams are maintained at levels which are adequate...

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  • Instream Flow Studies for the Protection of Public Trust Resources: A Prioritized Schedule and Estimate of Costs

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    Instream Flow Studies for the Protection of Public Trust Resources: A Prioritized Schedule and Estimate of Costs

    State Water Resources Control Board | February 18, 2011...
    Summary

    Chapter 5 of the 2009-10 Seventh Extraordinary Session (SB X7 1, Simitian) directs the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) to...

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  • Instream Flow Studies for the Protection of Public Trust Resources: A Prioritized Schedule and Estimate of Costs

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    Instream Flow Studies for the Protection of Public Trust Resources: A Prioritized Schedule and Estimate of Costs

    California State Water Resources Control Board | February 18, 2011...
    Summary

    Chapter 5 of the 2009-10 Seventh Extraordinary Session (SB X7 1, Simitian) directs the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) to...

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  • Interim instream flow criteria for the protection of fishery resources in the Scott River watershed, Siskiyou County

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    Interim instream flow criteria for the protection of fishery resources in the Scott River watershed, Siskiyou County

    Department of Fish and Wildlife | February 6, 2017...
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    This document describes the methods and results of an analysis using historical flow data and regional regression relationships to develop interim instream flow...

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  • Legal Aspects of Instream Water Uses in California: Background and Issues

    Legal Aspects of Instream Water Uses in California: Background and Issues

    State Water Resources Control Board | January 1, 1978...
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    This paper is part of a series of background and issue papers prepared by the staff of the Governor's Commission to Review California...

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  • Linking river management to species conservation using dynamic landscape-scale models

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    Linking river management to species conservation using dynamic landscape-scale models

    USGS | March 23, 2012...
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    Efforts to conserve stream and river biota could benefit from tools that allow managers to evaluate landscape-scale changes in species distributions in response...

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  • Measuring Cost-Effectiveness of Environmental Water Transactions

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    Measuring Cost-Effectiveness of Environmental Water Transactions

    Klamath Riverkeeper | August 4, 2016...
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    The diversion, storage and consumptive use of water in the western United States (US) has drastically altered streamflow, water quality and a raft...

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  • Policy for Maintaining Instream Flows in Northern California Streams

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    Policy for Maintaining Instream Flows in Northern California Streams

    State Water Resources Control Board | September 28, 2010...
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    The State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board or Board) adopted this state policy for water quality control on May 4, 2010....

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  • The Instream Flow Incremental Methodology A Primer for IFIM

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    The Instream Flow Incremental Methodology A Primer for IFIM

    U.S. Department of the Interior | March 1, 1995...
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    This booklet is a primer on the Instream Flow Incremental Methodology (IFIM). Our objective for this primer is to give you a short...

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