Managing Rivers, Reservoirs, and Lakes in the Face of Drought
Practical Tools and Strategies for Sustaining and Protecting Ecological Values of Water
Fort Collins, Colorado April 24-26, 2018
Justification: Given the realities of changing weather patterns coupled with increasing water use demands, the prospect of increased variability of extreme hydrologic conditions exists around the globe. Numerous plans have been developed to document the consequences of drought conditions and propose general strategies for drought adaptation. The majority of these efforts have focused on minimizing the negative consequences of drought on basic societal needs. Less focus has been placed on specific strategies and tools to conjunctively maintain the viability of rivers, reservoirs, and lakes including the connectivity between surface and subsurface water. A clear need exists for a workshop-style effort to learn from proven strategies and tools to help resource managers effectively balance traditionally recognized water needs with the ecological vitality of river systems. As a recognized leader in helping solve challenges to river system management, the Instream Flow Council is committed to advancing the use of effective tools that span the spectrum of law, institutional capacity, science, and public involvement to protect, maintain, and restore aquatic resources.
Outcome: Participants will learn proven tools and strategies they can put to practice in their own jurisdiction. Tools and strategies will integrate legal and policy elements with scientific understanding and public involvement strategies to effectively manage flowing and standing water ecosystems when faced with drought.
- April 24: Training sessions will provide skills and understanding necessary for effective management of water resources to sustain fish, wildlife, and habitat during extreme hydrologic events and cycles with a focus on drought.
- April 25 – 26: Internationally recognized experts will provide examples on the use of and need for effective laws, policies, science, and public participation to meet water management objectives for rivers, reservoirs, and lakes during drought conditions with a key focus on identifying practical, proven solutions.
- Facilitated discussions following each session will encourage attendees to share their knowledge and experiences that address the challenge of managing extreme hydrologic variability.
- All presentations and discussions will be recorded and transcribed to text. Transcripts and PowerPoint presentations will be posted on the IFC workshop website to provide a permanent resource for attendees and others seeking balance between societal and aquatic resource needs during droughts.
Format and Content: Flow 2018 is a problem-solving workshop that will be held in Fort Collins, CO from April 24 to 26, 2018. Presentations will go beyond descriptions and projections of anticipated consequences and focus on proven practices for dealing with drought and extreme flow variability. Four, half-day sessions in plenary format featuring selected speakers will focus sharply on outcome-based elements that have been shown to work for dealing with drought-induced challenges to water management including 1) legal strategies (state, federal, and provincial), 2) institutional capacity (effective agency actions), 3) scientific principles (spanning hydrology, biology, geomorphology, connectivity, and water quality), and 4) incorporating public involvement. Facilitated discussions after each plenary session will explore additional insights, strategies, and tools offered by attendees. As with previous IFC conferences, the emphasis on interdisciplinary problem-solving will create networking opportunities that benefit aquatic resources and participants long after the end of the workshop.
Who Should Attend: An international audience of up to 350 participants is expected. State, provincial, and federal agency staff, tribal entities, non-governmental organizations, legal experts, and private sector water managers and scientists will find value in their participation. Each attendee will be a critical contributor to the workshop by adding their unique perspective and experiences.
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Workshop Planning Information:
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Phone: (307) 777-4555
Acknowledging important supporters of FLOW 2018
Local Hosts: The Instream Flow Council especially recognizes and thanks the following organizations for all of their efforts in making FLOW 2018 possible.
Sponsors: We would also like to show our appreciation to our sponsors for helping to bring you FLOW 2018 in Fort Collins, Colorado.