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Fremier Ecology Lab @ WSU Ecology of [Riverine] Ecosystems

Minimum Instream Flow

Brad Luff is currently working on a project with Adam Wicks-Arshack from the University of Idaho to determine every time the minimum instream flow requirements for a stream reach are not being met. Right now a website is in development that will show every stream reach within the Columbia River Basin and colorize the reach based off of the flow. The minimum instream flows are determined from water rights, state legislation, and federal legislation. For reaches that are not gaged the discharge will be modeled daily using the surrounding gages and an understanding of the stream network to determine an approximate flow. When this project is completed, if there is interest it will be expanded across the continental U.S. creating a monitoring network that allows for better protection of our streams.