Developing Indices of Streamflow Alteration

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$75,000
Fund Source
Clean Water Fund
Recipient
US Geological Survey
Recipient Type
Federal Government
Status
Completed
Start Date
April 2016
End Date
September 2016
Activity Type
Research
Counties Affected
Statewide
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$75,000
Number of full time equivalents funded
.72
Project Overview

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) has identified streamflow alteration as a key stressor on aquatic life, but the characteristics of streamflow alteration acting as stressors have not been identified in the MPCA Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategy (WRAPS) process. Without indices that characterize streamflow alteration, the MPCA cannot quantitatively associate metrics of aquatic life condition to streamflow alteration. The lack of quantifiable indices limits the ability of the MPCA to assess environmental streamflow needs for streams and rivers throughout Minnesota. The project will develop relationships between streamflow and biological data metrics for use in evaluating streamflow alteration as a stressor on aquatic life in rivers and streams in Minnesota.

Project Manager
First Name
Mary Jo
Last Name
Sager
Organization Name
US Geological Survey
Street Address
2280 Woodale Dr
City
Mounds View
State
MN
Zip Code
55112
Phone
(651) 783-3120