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July 10 Brown Bag – Developing Tiered Environmental Flow Criteria Using a Functional Flows Approach for CA Streams
First in a Series of 3 Brown Bag Seminars
Discussing Flow Targets and Ecology
Monday, July 10, 2017
12:00 – 1:00 p.m. PST
Park Tower Building
2nd Floor Conference Room
980 Ninth St., Sacramento, CA 95814
Sarah Yarnell, Ph.D., Research Hydrologist, UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences
Establishing environmental flow targets to protect aquatic communities is a priority for numerous programs in California including in the Delta. Dr. Yarnell will discuss her recent work using a functional-flows approach to develop statewide environmental flow recommendations. The approach allows for the rapid development of flow regimes that consider ecosystem and human needs and can be applied in an adaptive management framework, allowing for changing conditions and needs.
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The Delta Stewardship Council was created in legislation to achieve the state mandated coequal goals for the Delta. "'Coequal goals' means the two goals of providing a more reliable water supply for California and protecting, restoring, and enhancing the Delta ecosystem. The coequal goals shall be achieved in a manner that protects and enhances the unique cultural, recreational, natural resource, and agricultural values of the Delta as an evolving place." (CA Water Code §85054)