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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
Thank you to all speakers and attendees who helped 
make FLOW 2018 a success!
View and download program and presentations


Thank you to all speakers and attendees who helped
make FLOW 2018 a success!

Presentations are available for download
by presentation title below.

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The program agenda for FLOW 2018 is nearly finalized. There are many interesting and informative sessions lined up with an impressive list of speakers and moderators making FLOW 2018 the premier instream flow event of the year.
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Day 1 Pre-workshop Training Sessions:

Four (4) training sessions will be offered concurrently in the morning and repeated in the afternoon. See the training session descriptions below. You will select 2 training sessions when registering.

Day 1   Training Sessions  Tuesday April 24 
Time Presentation Title Speaker Professional Title

Sessions run concurrently in morning and repeated in afternoon


8:30-11:30 am

– and –

1:30 -4:30 pm


Advanced preparation for instream flow determination in Federal Energy Regulatory Commission hydropower licensing in light of future environmental uncertainty


(Training sessions – dialogue not recorded, slides only)


Ryan McManamay




Robert H. Deibel

Team Lead, Integrated Water-Energy-Ecosystems; Oak Ridge National Laboratory; Environmental Sciences Division


National Instream Flow Coordinator and National Hydropower Program Manager for the U.S. Forest Service (Retired)

Riparian and appropriation-based water law concepts and issues and challenges for dealing with drought

(Training sessions – dialogue not recorded, slides only)



Lara Fowler Senior Lecturer, Penn State Law;  Assistant Director for Outreach & Engagement; Penn State Institutes of Energy and the Environment
Tom Annear Water Management Supervisor, Wyoming Game & Fish Department

Reducing uncertainties about drought and river ecosystems during times of rapid environmental change: Mining available resources and developing new information cost effectively

(Training sessions – dialogue not recorded, slides only)


Dan Isaak Research fish biologist; U.S. Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station
Daniel Wieferich Physical Scientist;  U. S. Geological Survey

Handling scientific and technical information in contentious water management issues

(Training sessions – dialogue not recorded, slides only)


Steve Smutko Professor, Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources and the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, University of Wyoming


Poster Presentation Session
6:30-8:30 IFC Reception (no information recorded)

Days 2 & 3  Workshop Sessions:

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. Each session will be followed by facilitated discussions. See presentation descriptions below.

Day 2   Program  Wednesday April 25
Time Presentation Title Speaker Professional Title
8:00 Introduction / Welcome


(Introduction not recorded)

Eric Nagid President, Instream Flow Council
8:03 Welcome


(Welcome Letter)

Bob Broscheid Director, Colorado Parks and Wildlife
8:10 Keynote


Maintaining flows and water levels across international boundaries:  tools, processes, and politics for mitigating drought.



Aaron Wolf Professor and Department Chair of Geosciences; Oregon State University; Director and Founding Partner of Universities Partnership for Transboundary Waters; Director, Transboundary Freshwater Dispute Database Project
8:45 Legal Session
Moderator Introduction



Christopher Estes Aquatic Resources and Habitat Scientist, Chalk Board Enterprises, LLC
8:55 Using water markets to restore instream flow regimes and account for conservation outcomes



Andrew Purkey Director, Western Water Program; National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
9:25 Lessons for drought planning and response drawn from the Washington State Drought Contingency Plan



Jeff Marti Drought Coordinator, Water Resources Program, Washington Department of Ecology
9:55 Break    
10:15 The real wild west: How riparianism challenges successful flow and water level development in the eastern United States



Robert Caccese Staff attorney, Dickinson School of Law, Penn State University
10:40 The Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies: past, present, and future roles relating to drought mitigation for Fish and Wildlife – Dialogue



Virgil Moore Director, Idaho Dept. of Fish and Game; Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies President
11:10 Legal Session Facilitated Discussion & Closing Workshop Attendees  
11:45 Lunch speaker


International environmental flow policies in the context of drought

Slides only
(dialogue not recorded)

Dr. Rebecca Tharme Director, Riverfutures

Institutional Session
Moderator Introduction


Tony Willardson Executive Director; Western States Water Council
1:10 Summary of policies, practices, and outcomes for managing rivers and lakes in the face of drought in states and provinces


Region 1: dialogue1slides1
Region 2: dialogue2, slides2
Region 3: dialogue3slides3
Region 4: dialogue4, slides4
Region 5: dialogue5slides5

IFC Regional Directors


Jonathan Kohr (Region 1)
Jason Persinger (Region 2)
Clint Robertson (Region 3)
Brian Murphy (Region 4)
Lauren Makowecki (Region 5)

2:15 Institution Session Facilitated Discussion Workshop Attendees
2:45 Break    
3:15 Innovative strategies to manage flow and water volumes in rivers and lakes during drought in the Western U.S. and ways to promote national drought-resilience efforts



Patrick Byorth Director of the Montana Water Project for Trout Unlimited
3:40 Building resiliency to drought – Putting reclamation’s WaterSMART program to work



Darion Mayhorn Reclamation Drought Coordinator, Bureau of Reclamation
4:05 USGS science and Information in support of Instream Flows in Rivers and Water Levels in Lakes and Reservoirs



Melinda Dalton Acting Coordinator, Water Availability and Use Science Program; U. S. Geological Survey
4:30 Institutional Session Facilitated Discussion 2 & Closing Workshop Attendees  
6:00 Banquet    
Day 3   Program  Thursday April 26
Time Presentation Title Speaker Professional Title
8:00 Technical Session Moderator Introduction Dr. LeRoy Poff Professor, Department of Biology, Colorado State University
8:10 Examples of tools used to mitigate for drought related negative impacts to instream flows and water levels required by fish and wildlife in CA



Stafford Lehr Deputy Director,  Wildlife & Fisheries Division, California Department of Fisheries & Wildlife
8:40 Monitoring and management of headwater systems to restore and maintain ecological services


Dialogue and Slides

D. T. Booth, PhD Rangeland Scientist (Retired), USDA-ARS High Plains Grasslands Research Station and Adjunct Professor, Department Plant Sciences, University of Wyoming
9:10 The importance of groundwater in sustaining streamflow


Dialogue and Slides

Matt Miller Research Hydrologist, U. S. Geological Survey
9:40 Federal tools and cooperative actions used to mitigate for drought related negative impacts to instream flows and water levels required by fish and wildlife



Roger Gorke Senior Policy Advisor, U.S. EPA, Office of Water and National Drought Resilience Partnership (NDRP)
10:10 Break    
10:40 Using simulation models to craft effective drought management protocols


Dialogue only

Steve Nebiker Vice President; Director, Marketing/Business Development; Hydrologics
11:10 Technical Session Facilitated Discussion & Closing Workshop Attendees  
11:45 Lunch speaker


Three steps out of water scarcity

Slides only
(dialogue not recorded)

Brian Richter President, Sustainable Waters
Public Involvement    
1:00 Public Involvement Session Moderator Introduction Gerrit Jobsis Senior Director, Conservation Programs; American Rivers
1:10 Engaging stakeholder support to obtain congressional support for funding hydrologic data collection, analyses and public reporting to predict, mitigate, and monitor drought conditions



Sue Lowry


(presented by Gerrit Jobsis)

Interstate Council on Water Policy
1:30 Collaborative efforts to restore healthy flow regimes and drought resilience in Georgia’s Upper Flint River Basin



Ben Emanuel Director, Clean Water Supply; American Rivers
1:50 Private sector strategies for restoring flows to seasonally dewatered rivers.



Cory Toye Wyoming Water and Habitat Program Director; Trout Unlimited
2:10 The Arbuckle-Simpson Aquifer drought contingency plan: implementing plans by nonregulatory entities



Dr. Barney Austin President and CEO of Aqua Strategies Inc.
2:30 Restoring cultural and hydrologic connection to desert rivers – an integrated, community action-based approach



Catlow Shipek Policy and Technical Director, Watershed Management Group; Tucson, AZ
2:50 Public Involvement Session Facilitated Discussion Workshop Attendees  
3:15 FLOW 2018 Closing Session:
FLOW 2018 Drought mitigation options -What did we learn? What next?



Christopher Estes Aquatic Resources and Habitat Scientist, Chalk Board Enterprises, LLC
3:30 Conclusion of FLOW 2018    

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