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Yampa-White Basin Watershed Flow Evaluation Tool Final Report

Report Published on June 1, 2012

Stakeholders in the Yampa and White Watersheds in northwest Colorado expressed interest in quantifying the flows needed to sustain conservation and recreation values associated with streams and rivers.  Several long-standing methods exist for quantifying water needs, but these methods are typically focused on individual river segments, primarily oriented toward fish, and often expensive to implement, making it cost-prohibitive to apply them across all streams and rivers in a watershed.  The Watershed Flow Evaluation Tool (WFET) was developed to fill the need for a broadly applicable assessment of flow-related conservation and recreation attributes.  The WFET was developed using the Ecological Limits of Hydrologic Alteration (ELOHA) framework (Poff et al. 2010).  This study provides a regional framework for understanding flow-related ecological risk for environmental attributes and establishes a baseline for recreational flow needs in the Yampa and White Watersheds.
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Citation: Sanderson, J., B. Bledsoe, L. Poff, T. Wilding and N. Fey. 2012. Yampa-White Basin Roundtable Watershed Flow Evaluation Tool study. Prepared by CDM Smith for The Nature Conservancy.
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