A River Runs Through It (Hopefully!): Instream Flow Development in the Eastern United States
Date: June 13, 2018 | 1-2pm ET
Speaker: Robert Caccese, Staff Attorney, The Pennsylvania State University
Join this webinar to learn how eastern states are successfully (or not!) navigating the confines of riparian law to manage rivers for successful instream flow implementation for fisheries, recreation, and ecological benefits.
Traditionally, instream flow policy has been a hot topic for much of the western United States. In the eastern U.S. where riparian law dominates the water law landscape, designating environmental flows is an often unsettled question. With “share and share alike” principles coupled with unquantified use, and water management plans varying widely among states, developing coherent instream flow management remains a challenge for this part of the U.S. As trustees for the waterways within their borders, state agencies in riparian states have employed varying methods to accomplish effective instream flow management with inconsistent results; others lack such a program in their water management strategy altogether. Preserving biodiversity in headwater streams or major river basins is highly dependent on successful instream flow management, characterized by consistent directives, credible science, and effective policy implementation.
Q&A to follow. PDH credit available to all attendees.
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