Science for Managing Riverine Ecosystems Actions for the USGS Identified in the Workshop "Analysis of Flow and Habitat for Instream Aquatic Communities"
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Federal and state agencies need improved scientific analysis to support riverine ecosystem management. To address this need, the USGS held a listening session in Fort Collins, Colorado in April 2006. Goals of the workshop were to 1 learn about the key resource issues facing DOI, other Federal, and state resource management agencies 2 discuss new approaches and information needs for addressing these issues and 3 outline a strategy for the USGS role in supporting riverine ecosystem management. Workshop discussions focused on key components of a USGS strategy Communications, Synthesis, and Research. The workshop identified 3 priority actions the USGS can initiate now to advance its capabilities to support integrated science for resource managers in partner government agencies and nongovernmental organizations - Synthesize the existing science of riverine ecosystem processes to produce broadly applicable conceptual models - Enhance selected ongoing instream flow projects with complementary interdisciplinary studies -Design a long-term, watershed-scale research program that will substantively reinvent riverine ecosystem science. In addition, topical discussion groups on hydrology, geomorphology, aquatic habitat and populations, and socio-economic analysis and negotiation identified eleven important complementary actions required to advance the state of the science and to develop the tools for supporting decisions on riverine ecosystem management.
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- Hydrology, Limnology and Potamology