The following resources related to instream flows available from Instream Flow Council member agencies, IFC members and partners are provided here to advance the mission of the IFC.

 

Resources available from member agencies

Alaska

Instream Flow Protection in Alaska, 2012 report

Surface-Water Data Manual


Alberta

Surface Water Allocation Directive (2019)

A Desktop Method for Establishing Environmental Flows in Alberta River and Streams (2011)

Alberta Desktop Method fact sheet (2011)

Framework for Assessing the Ecological Flow Requirements to Support Fisheries in Canada (2013)
Federal – Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO)

 

Arizona

Arizona Game & Fish

Arizona Statue Title 45 – Waters
45-152.01  Instream flow applications; process; definition

Megdal, S., J. Nadeau, T. Tom  (2011)  The Forgotten Sector:  Arizona Water Law and the Environment,  Arizona Journal of Environmental Law and Policy 2011, Vol. 1, No. 2.


British Columbia

Backgrounder to British Columbia Instream Flow Guideline Documents

Instream flow thresholds for fish and fish habitat as guidelines for reviewing proposed water uses SYNOPSIS

Development of instream flow thresholds as guidelines for reviewing proposed water uses

Guidelines for the collection and analysis of fish and fish habitat data for the purpose of assessing impacts from small hydropower projects in British Columbia

Assessment Methods for Aquatic Habitat and Instream Flow Characteristics in Support of Applications to Dam, Divert, or Extract Water from Streams in British Columbia

British Columbia’s new Living Water Smart Plan

Water Use Planning – Ministry of the Environment

Independent Review: Potential Impacts of Run-Of-River Power Hydroprojects on Salmonoids

Section 15 (Environmental Flow Needs) of the Water Sustainability Act


California

California Environmental Flows Framework

California Fish and Wildlife Agency Groundwater Program

Fish & Wildlife Groundwater Planning Considerations

California Fish and Wildlife Water Rights Program


Colorado

Colorado Water Conservation Board’s Instream Flow Program


Connecticut

Connecticut Stream Flow Standards and Regulations

Water Diversion Program

Connecticut State Water Plan


Florida

Florida Water Resources Act of 1972

Water Resource Implementation Rule (see 62-40.473 and 62-40.474)

Minimum Flows and Minimum Water Levels and Reservations
This contains links to each of the 5 water management district programs.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Agency Action Plan


Minnesota

The Watershed Health Assessment Framework

Habitat Suitability Criteria for Fishes and Mussels of Minnesota

Reconnecting Rivers: Natural Channel Design in Dam Removal and Fish Passage


New Hampshire

New Hampshire Instream Flow Program

New Hampshire Instream Flow Blog


North Carolina

Instream Flow Unit


Ontario

Aquatic Ecosystem Assessments for Rivers

Streamflow Analysis and Assessment Software (SAAS)


Oregon

White Paper: Peak and Ecological Flow; a Scientific Framework for Implementing Oregon HB 3369


Texas

Environmental Flows Assessment in Texas

Texas Instream Flow Program

Texas Instream Flow Studies: Technical Overview

The Science of Instream Flows:A Review of the Texas Instream Flow Program


Washington

Instream Flow Regulatory Agency
Map of Instream Flow Rules in WA
Protecting Instream Flows
Instream Flow and Water Management Legal Framework

Instream Flow Science Agency
Instream Flow Study Guidelines

Supporting WA Agencies
WA Irrigation Efficiencies Program

 


Wyoming

Wyoming Instream Flow Statute

State of Wyoming Instream Flow Filings