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Trends, Obstacles, and Opportunities Affecting Instream Flow Issues. by Tom Annear, Wyoming Game & Fish Department Nina Burkardt, U. S. Geological Survey. Easy. What is success?. Failure ?. Success?. Success as a level of flow protection. Full ecosystem protection

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Trends obstacles and opportunities affecting instream flow issues

Trends, Obstacles, and OpportunitiesAffecting Instream Flow Issues

by

Tom Annear, Wyoming Game & Fish Department

Nina Burkardt, U. S. Geological Survey




Failure ?

Success?


Success as a level of flow protection
Success as a level of flow protection

  • Full ecosystem protection

  • Comprehensive ecologically based management

  • Partial ecologically based management

  • Threshold level protection

  • No formal flow protection


Full Ecosystem Protection

Comprehensive Protection

Partial Protection

Threshold Protection

River systems were built and are maintained by different magnitudes of discharge occurring over time and space.(Hill et al. 1991)



Protection

(top-down flow)

Full Ecosystem Protection

Comprehensive Protection

Partial Protection

Threshold Protection

River systems were built and are maintained by different magnitudes of discharge occurring over time and space.(Hill et al. 1991)


Restoration

(bottom-up flow)

Full Ecosystem Protection

Comprehensive Protection

Partial Protection

Threshold Protection

River systems were built and are maintained by different magnitudes of discharge occurring over time and space.(Hill et al. 1991)


Minimum flow

How much?


International instream flow program initiative

International Instream Flow Program Initiative

Tom Annear, Project Manager

Del Lobb, Midwest Coordinator

Chuck Coomer, Southeast Coordinator

Mark Woythal, Northeast Coordinator

Charles Hendry, Canadian Coordinator

Kathleen Williams, Project Coordinator

Christopher Estes, Advisor


Project features
Project Features

State and provincial F & W agencies

Funded with USFWS Multi-State Conservation Program Grant

2006 – 2008 (+)


Project goal
Project Goal

… (identify) trends and opportunities that will help state and provincial fishery and wildlife management agencies develop, maintain, or improve the effectiveness of their instream flow / water management activities and programs.


Project elements
Project Elements

  • Agency surveys – 2006-2007

    • Part 1: Consistency and trends with IFC policies

    • Part 2: Effectiveness of flow activities

  • Post-survey workshop – October 2007

    • Agency strategies

  • Final report – winter 2009 (www.instreamflowcouncil.org)


Project scope
Project Scope

  • Legal elements

  • Public involvement

  • Institutional elements

  • Technical tools (methods)





Legal opportunities state and provincial
Legal Opportunities in need of protection?(State and Provincial)


Most effective tools
Most Effective Tools in need of protection?

  • Reservoir management agreements

  • Detailed environmental studies

  • Hydro (FERC) licensing / re-licensing

  • 401 water quality certification

  • Federal endangered species programs


Top agency needs
Top Agency Needs in need of protection?

  • More supportive regulations and policies

  • More staff (lack of expertise)

  • More actively supportive public

  • More supportive laws (insufficient laws)

  • More knowledgeable public (insufficient public values)


Workshop results drivers and strategies
Workshop Results in need of protection?(Drivers and Strategies)

  • Legal

  • Institutional

  • Public Involvement


Legal
Legal in need of protection?

  • Driver: Policies, laws, and regulations don’t recognize or allow ecologically based flow regimes.

    • Update documents that identify state and federal legal opportunities

    • Frame a comprehensive model for states that can serve as a guide for developing or improving legal and institutional approaches


Institutional
Institutional in need of protection?

  • Driver: Many state fish & wildlife agencies lack instream flow program priorities.

    • Work through AFWA to increase awareness

    • Work to increase awareness on individual agencies (by IFC and others)


Public involvement
Public Involvement in need of protection?

  • Driver - The public is not sufficiently knowledgeable of instream issues or supportive of instream values.

    • Define the audience / Refine the message

    • Make water messaging part of I&E effort


Public involvement1
Public Involvement in need of protection?

  • Driver – State agencies don’t collaborate and partner enough with NGO’s and other stakeholders on water issues.

    • Engage NGO’s and others (including water users) to communicate instream flow problems and solutions to policy makers


Conclusions
Conclusions in need of protection?

  • Define success (goal)

  • Integrate key elements

    • Science

    • Institutional

    • Public involvement

    • Legal


"Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal." Henry Ford (1863-1947)


Trends obstacles and opportunities part ii

Trends, Obstacles, and Opportunities, Part II your eyes off your goal."

Pre-Conference Survey


Online pre conference survey
Online pre-conference survey your eyes off your goal."

  • All registered attendees invited to respond

  • Seven main questions and 1 “bonus” question.

  • Response rate: 57%


Who responded
Who responded? your eyes off your goal."


Employment sector
Employment sector your eyes off your goal."


Profession
Profession? your eyes off your goal."


Top impediments, by sector your eyes off your goal."


Top contributors to instream flow problem solving success
Top contributors to instream flow problem solving success your eyes off your goal."

  • All needed stakeholders are at the table and committed to the process (51%)

  • There is strong legal and policy support for enhanced ecological flows (33%)

  • There is political support for the solution (33%)


Top contributors to instream flow problem solving failure
Top contributors to instream flow problem solving failure your eyes off your goal."

  • Insufficient legal or policy support for the ecological protection/restoration desired (58%)

  • Participants are too unwilling to compromise (43%)

  • Needed stakeholders are not sufficiently involved or do not participate consistently (40%)


Suggestions
Suggestions your eyes off your goal."

  • Strengthen laws and policies

  • Communicate

  • Engage the public

  • Improve the science

  • Agencies need resources


First conduct research
First: Conduct research your eyes off your goal."

  • Multi-disciplinary

  • Include local knowledge

  • Include stakeholders early

    • Tension between scientists and other stakeholders

    • Varying opinions about the level of authority


Then convey results
Then, convey results your eyes off your goal."

  • Benefits of instream flow protection

  • Need for protection

  • Broad

    • “Clearly tie the improvement of instream flow to economic and public health benefits”


Gain support
Gain support your eyes off your goal."

  • General public

  • Attentive public

  • Officials

  • Policymakers

    • Process issues: how?

    • “Consider other’s needs carefully and try to find solutions for those most opposed to yours.”


Monitor progress
Monitor progress your eyes off your goal."

  • Consider Adaptive Management

  • Conduct and publish case studies

  • Share knowledge of what works

  • Explore creative alternatives


Conclusions1
Conclusions your eyes off your goal."

  • Science is essential but not sufficient

  • Leadership is key

  • Great need for skills in communication, negotiation

  • Value differences

  • There is no one-fits-all solution, but may be some general principles.


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