adaptive management

Proposal for Adaptive Management to Conserve Biotic Integrity in a Regulated Segment of the Tallapoosa River, Alabama, U.S.A.

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Vol. 16, No. 5, October 2002
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2002
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Conserving river biota will require innovative approaches that foster and utilize scientific understanding of ecosystem responses to alternative river-management scenarios. We describe ecological and societal issues involved in flow management of a section of the Tallapoosa River (Alabama, U.S.A.) in which a species-rich native fauna is adversely affected by flow alteration by an upstream hydropower dam.

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Irwin, Elise R., Freeman, Mary C.

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Uncertainty and Instream Flow Standards

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Vol. 21(8) 20-21
Year: 
1996
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This essay highlights the necessity for the establishment of new instream flow standards, as well as the revision of existing standards. This presents a problem since the standards themselves cannot be defined scientifically. The authors recommend the implementation of an adaptive management program involving three elements; setting conservative interim standards; establishment of an adequate monitoring program involving active manipulation flows; and establishment of effective procedure to revise the interim standards. The program details should vary from case to case, especially for species like salmon, where adult populations depend on a myriad of factors, not simply instream flows. Examples of current and previous uses of these standards are given.

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Castleberry, D.T., Cech Jr., J.J., Erman, D.C.

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