Open-File Report 2010–1065
The Nature Conservancy has been working with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) through the Sustainable Rivers Project (SRP) to modify operations of dams to achieve ecological objectives in addition to meeting the authorized purposes of the dams. Modifications to dam operations are specified in terms of environmental flow prescriptions that quantify the magnitude, duration, frequency, and seasonal timing of releases to achieve specific ecological outcomes. Outcomes of environmental flow prescriptions implemented from 2002 to 2008 have been monitored and evaluated at demonstration sites in five rivers: Green River, Kentucky; Savannah River, Georgia/South Carolina; Bill Williams River, Arizona; Big Cypress Creek, Texas; and Middle Fork Willamette River, Oregon. Monitoring and evaluation have been accomplished through collaborative partnerships of federal and state agencies, universities, and nongovernmental organizations.
First posted March 24, 2010
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Konrad, C.P., 2010, Monitoring and evaluation of environmental flow prescriptions for five demonstration sites of the Sustainable Rivers Project: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2010-1065, 22 p.
Demonstration Sites with Implemented Environmental Flows in the Sustainable River Project