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Fact Sheet 2008-3044

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Impacts of Low-Flow and Stream-Temperature Changes on Endangered Atlantic Salmon—Current Research

By Robert W. Dudley, Glenn A. Hodgkins, and Benjamin H. Letcher

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Recent climate studies in New England and the northeastern United States have shown evidence of physical changes over time, including trends toward earlier snowmelt runoff, decreasing river ice, and increasing spring water temperatures. A U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) study funded by the National Global Warming and Wildlife Science Center will be investigating changes in summer low streamflows and stream temperatures and the potential effects of those changes on endangered Atlantic salmon populations. The study also will evaluate management options that would be most likely to mitigate the effects of any changes in streamflow and temperature.

Suggested citation:

Dudley, R.W., Hodgkins, G.A., and Letcher, B.H., 2008, Impacts of low-flow and stream-temperature changes on endangered Atlantic salmon—Current research: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2008–3044, 4 p.


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