American Water Resources Association (AWRA) 2013 Summer Conference - Environmental Flows
Oral Presentations

The Presenter of each paper is in BOLD type immediately following the paper title. Co-authors are then listed in parentheses. All abstracts in a session can be accessed using the Session Title link.

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Monday / June 24 / 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM


Location: Grand Ballroom Center

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Carol Collier


Carol R. Collier
President, American Water Resources Association
Delaware River Basin Commission
West Trenton, NJ

Jane Rowan

Jane Rowan
Conference General Chair
Normandeau Associates, Inc.
Stowe, PA

Plenary Panel

Evolution and Current Status of Environmental Flows in the U.S

Moderator - Thomas R. Payne
Normandeau, Arcata, CA

Location - Grand Ballroom East

Lauren Elmore, CardnoENTRIX, Raleigh, NC
William J. Miller, Miller Ecological Consultants, Inc., Fort Collins, CO
Ralph Abele, Environmental Protection Agency, Boston, MA
Mark P. Smith, The Nature Conservancy, Boston, MA

The AWRA has assembled a national panel of environmental flow specialists to begin the Summer Specialty Conference on Environmental Flows. Six experts will briefly present their experience and perspectives on the history and trends in environmental flow analysis for both regional and individual water project habitat protection procedures. An open discussion on the potential future course of environmental flow science will follow for the remainder of the opening plenary session.

Monday / June 24 / 10:30 AM - 12:00 Noon

Concurrent Sessions 1, 2

Moderator - William Miller
Miller Ecological Consultants, Inc., Fort Collins, CO

Location - Grand Ballroom East

An Objective and Parsimonious Approach for Classifying Natural Flow Regimes at a Continental Scale - Stacey Archfield, U.S. Geological Survey, Northborough, MA (co-authors: J.G. Kennen, D. Carlisle, D. Wolock)
Generation of Continuous Stream Classifications Using the WaterFALL model - Michele Eddy, RTI International, Research Triangle Park, NC (co-author: R. Dykes)
A Social-ecological Decision Support System for Regional Flow Management - David Martin, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO (co-author: N. L. Poff)
A Site Specific Validation of the Watershed Flow Evaluation Tool in the Colorado River Using a Comparison of Hydraulic Habitat Simulation and Risk Level - William Miller, Miller Ecological Consultants, Inc., Fort Collins, CO

Moderator - Brandon Kulik
Kleinschmidt Associates, Pittsfield, ME

Location - Grand Ballroom West

Dealing with Uncertainty in Managing for Instream Flows - Megan Rivera, HydroLogics, Columbia, MD (co-author: D. P. Sheer)
Subdaily Hydropower Reservoir Optimization Modeling of Ecological Flows in the Connecticut River - Jocelyn Anleitner, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA (co-authors: A.Bernstein)
SEFA - Computer Software System for Environmental Flow Analysis Based on the Instream Flow Incremental Methodology - Thomas Payne, Normandeau, Arcata, CA (co-author: I.G. Jowett)
Invasive Species Management through Flow Habitat Manipulation - Brandon Kulik, Kleinschmidt Associates, Pittsfield, ME

Monday / June 24 / 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Concurrent Sessions 3, 4

Moderator - Carol Collier
Delaware River Basin Commission, West Trenton, NJ

Location - Grand Ballroom East

Observations from the SB3 Environmental Flows Process in Texas - Brian Perkins, HDR Engineering, Austin, TX (co-authors: C. Shockley, S. Vaugh)
Choctaw-Chickasaw Instream Flow Study - Jordan Furnans, INTERA Incorporated, Austin, TX (co-author: B. Austin)
Implementation of Environmental Flows in Policy and Planning: Findings of a Review of Nine Case Studies from the United States - Colin Apse, The Nature Conservancy, Brunswick, ME (co-authors: E. Kendy, K. Blann, M. P. Smith, A. Richardson)
Securing Environmental Flows through the Clean Water Act - Gerrit Jobsis, American Rivers, Columbia, SC

Moderator - Wayne Ives
New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services, Concord, NH

Location - Grand Ballroom West

Examining Riverine Environment Data Using a Temporal Information System Approach - Richard Koehler, R. Visual Data Analytics, LLC, Erie, CO
Evaluating the Efficacy of Low Flow Thresholds for Southern New England - Alisa Morrison, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI (co-authors: A. J. Gold, K. L. Addy)
Flow Determination and Protection in Ecologically Sensitive Areas - Jillian Olsen, EarthRes Group, Inc., Pipersville, PA (co-authors: M. S. Weikel, L. F. Vittorio, Jr.
Restoration Alternative Assessment in Environmental Flow Management - Piotr Parasiewicz, Rushing Rivers Institute, Amherst, MA (co-authors: K. Ryan, J. N. Rogers)

Monday / June 24 / 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Concurrent Sessions 5, 6

Moderator - Jane Rowan
Normandeau Associates, Inc., Stowe, PA

Location - Grand Ballroom East

The Use of a Stream-Aquifer Model (SAM2) and an Endangered Mussel Damage Function in Order to Recommend Ground Water Valuation and Policy Changes for Future Irrigation Reduction Auctions in the Lower Flint River Basin, Georgia, United States - Shannon Bonney, University of Georgia, Athens, GA (co-authors: C.K. Jensen, J.D. Mullen, J. Dowd, C. S. Bartenstein, K. A. Robinson)
Developing a Low Flow Protection Policy Related to Water Withdrawals - Paula Ballaron, Susquehanna River Basin Commission, Harrisburg, PA
Stream Flow Regulations in Connecticut: A Progress Report - Christopher Bellucci, Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, Hartford, CT (co-author: M. Becker)

Moderator - Lauren Elmore
Cardno ENTRX, Raleigh, NC

Location - Grand Ballroom West

Glacier-Modulated Impacts of Climate Variability and Change on River Discharge Available for Ecological Flow Needs - Sean Fleming, Environment Canada, Vancouver, BC (co-author: H. Dahlke)
Better Reservoir Management Provides Improved Ecological Flows - Thomas Murphy, NYC Department of Environmental Protection, Valhalla, NY (co-author: D. Olivio Hazen)
Evaluating Sustainable Future Water Supplies for Greenville Utilities using Hydrologic, Hydrodynamic, and Water Quality Modeling, Lower Tar-Pamlico River, NC - Lauren Elmore, Cardno ENTRIX, Raleigh, NC (co-authors: P. Leonard, A. Matos, and M. Chen, D. Springer)

Tuesday / June 25 / 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Concurrent Sessions 7, 8

An Overview of the Massachusetts Sustainable Water Management Initiative: the Application of New Streamflow Science to an Ambitious, Multi-Stakeholder Effort to Protect the State's Natural Habitats and Sustainably Plan for Society's Long-Term Water Needs

Location - Grand Ballroom Center


Duane LeVangie - Program Chief, Massachusetts Dept. of Environmental Protection, Boston, MA
Todd Richards - Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife. Boston, MA
Sara Cohen - Massachusetts Dept. of Conservation and Recreation, Boston, MA

The Massachusetts Sustainable Water Management Initiative (SWMI) represents an intensive collaboration over several years between environmental stakeholders, water suppliers, and Massachusetts' environmental agencies, which draws heavily on groundbreaking studies by the U.S. Geological Survey. A framework has been developed that includes a new system for classifying the ecological health of streams at a small scale, establishes streamflow criteria that set maximum levels of seasonal water withdrawals considered protective of habitat, and establishes watershed safe yields that maintain a streamflow reserve to protect the environment in drought conditions. These products are currently being incorporated into water withdrawal regulations, and their application is being piloted across a variety of communities and circumstances in Massachusetts. The panel includes representatives from the three key environmental agencies involved, who will discuss:

  • The fundamental streamflow science underpinning the framework, including new tools to help assess natural and altered streamflow at any scale and predict the biological health of streams based on a combination of natural and anthropogenic factors;
  • The approach used in the framework to assess both current and future cumulative impacts of water withdrawals on streamflow at a subbasin scale;
  • The technical, administrative, and political challenges of applying the framework to the water permitting process and various innovations developed to address these challenges.
The presenters bring broad expertise across the technical and administrative details of the initiative and have each spent hundreds of hours with their sleeves rolled up grappling with the implementation challenges of this ambitious effort. They will highlight the new opportunities generated by the various aspects of the initiative and speak frankly about the lessons learned. There will be time at the end of the presentations for an engaged discussion with participants on the innovative scientific approaches used and the many moving parts to this complicated initiative.

Moderator - Gerald Waterfield
Normandeau Associates, Inc., Stowe, PA

Location - Grand Ballroom West

Modeling Interactions of Flow and Vegetation for Improved Riverine System Management - Daniel Dombroski, Bureau of Reclamation, Denver, CO (co-authors: B. Greimann, Y. Lai, V. Huang, L. Fotherby, M. Stone, L. Chen)
Balancing Competing Uses of Water: The Smith Mountain-Leesville Low Flow Protocol - Steven Nebiker, HydroLogics, Chapel Hill, NC (co-author: T.Rogers)
Translating Qualitative, Environmental Targets into Quantitative Mathematical Statements: A Case Study in the Connecticut River Basin - Jocelyn Anleitner, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Department of Civil and Environmental, Amherst, MA (co-authors: A. Bernstein, R. Palmer, K. Lutz)
Designing a Program of Thermal Relief Releases for the Upper Delaware River - Peter Kolesar, Columbia University, New York, NY (co-authors: J. Serio, N. Devineni)

Tuesday / June 25 / 10:30 AM - 12:00 Noon

Concurrent Sessions 9, 10

Moderator - Thomas Gast
Normandeau Associates, Inc., Arcata, CA

Location - Grand Ballroom Center

The Long Tail of Hydroinformatics: Implementing Environmental Flows Information in Hydrologic Information Systems - Eric Hersh, Environmental Science Institute, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX (co-author: D. Maidment)
A Deep-Time View of Instream Flows: Changes in Availability, Volatility, Stability, and Teleconnectivity of Northern Great Plains River Discharge Over the Last 1000 Years - Sean Fleming, Environment Canada, Vancouver, BC, Canada (co-author: D. Sauchyn)
Forensic Hydrology of Silver Springs and the Silver River 1906 - 2013, Marion County, Florida - S. Fay Baird, St Johns River Water Management District, Palatka, FL (co-author: T. Mirti)
Using an ADCP And RTK GPS to Produce High Resolution Bathymetry for a Wide, Shallow, Bedrock-Ridged 2d Habitat Model Site - Thomas Gast, Normandeau, Arcata, CA

Moderator - Jarvis Caldwell
HDR Engineering, Inc., Sacramento, CA

Location - Grand Ballroom West

An Instream Flow Study of the Willimantic River - David Murphy, Milone & MacBroom, Inc., Cheshire, CT (co-author: H. Brundage)
The Connecticut River Watershed Study: A Basin-Scale Approach to Finding Water Management Solutions for People and Nature - Kathyrn Kennedy, The Nature Conservancy, Connecticut River Program, Northampton, MA (co-authors: K. Lutz, R. Palmer, C. Hatfield, S. Archfield)
Post Reservoir Hydrologic Alteration for the Leishui River in China - Xueshan Ai, Key Laboratory of Water Resource and Hydropower Engineering Science, Davis, CA
An Interdisciplinary Study of the Effects of Groundwater Extraction on Freshwater Fishes - Piotr Parasiewicz, Rushing Rivers Institute, Amherst, MA (co-authors: R. A. Jacobson, G. S. Warner, A. C. Bagtzoglou, F. Ogden)

Tuesday / June 25 / 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Concurrent Sessions 11, 12

Moderator - Brian Murphy
Connecticut Dept. of Energy and Environmental Protection, Marlborough, CT

Location - Grand Ballroom Center

Whither Flows Beaver Brook? Stastistical Estimation of Streamflow Depletion - Adam Weinberg, Tufts University, Somerville, MA (co-authors: R. Vogel, B. Thomas)
Determination of Flow-Biology Relationships for North Carolina Streams - Jennifer Phelan, RTI International, Research Triangle Park, Durham, NC (co-authors: L Patterson, R. Dykes)
Evaluating Key Watershed Components of Low Flow Regimes in New England Streams - Alisa Morrison, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI (co-authors: A.J. Gold, M. C. Pelletier)
Susquehanna River Two-Dimensional Hydraulic and Habitat Modeling - Gary Lemay, Gomez and Sullivan, Henniker, NH (co-author: K. Long)

Moderator - Drew Trested
Normandeau Associates, Inc., Portsmouth, NH

Location - Grand Ballroom West

A Tale of Two Rivers: Evaluating Environmental Performance of the Regulated Green and Gunnison Rivers Using the Index of River Functionality (IRF) Tool - Samrat Saha, Argonne National Laboratory, Lemont, IL (co-author: J. W. Hayse)
How Much Groundwater Does a Wetland Need? Environmental Flows & Levels for Groundwater-Dependent Ecosystems - Christopher Carlson, USDA Forest Service, Arlington , VA (co-authors: J.T. Gurrieri , L. Bach, A. Aldous)
Diagnosis and Treatment of Watersheds Based on Fish Life History Response - Willis McConnaha, ICF International, Portland, OR (co-author: L. Lentsch)
Restoration of Historic Stream Flows and Landscape Connectivity via Dam Removal and Stream/Adjacent Plant Community Restoration in Western Massachusetts - Tom Touchet, AECOM, Wakefield, MA

Tuesday / June 25 / 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Concurrent Sessions 13, 14

Moderator - Thomas Payne
Normandeau Associates, Inc., Arcata, CA

Location - Grand Ballroom Center

Evaluating Flow Ramping Effects at Run-of-River Hydroelectric Projects - Katie Healey, Ecofish Research Ltd., Courtenay, BC (co-author: F.J. Adam Lewis)
Assessment of Ecological Flow Linkages for Missouri Streams - Emily Tracy-Smith, Missouri Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, University, Columbia, MO (co-authors: C. Paukert, D. Lobb, P. Blanchard, J. Persinger)
Testing Instream Flow Assumptions with Real Data - Kenneth Wagner, Water Resource Services, Wilbraham, MA (co-author: J. Berg)
A Comparison of 1D Phabsim with River2D Habitat Models from the Same Study Reach in a Large River - Thomas Gast, Normandeau, Arcata, CA (co-author: S. Riley)

Moderator - Tim Brush
Normandeau Associates, Inc., Westmoreland, NH

Location - Grand Ballroom West

Adaptively Managing Variable Environmental Flow Releases from a Water Supply Reservoir into First Herring Brook, Scituate, MA - Laila Parker, MA Division of Ecological Restoration, Boston, MA (co-author: S. Grady)
An Environmental Indicator for Summer Low Flow Trends - Paul Pickett, WA State Dept. of Ecology, Olympia, WA
Environmental Flow Needs below Reservoirs in the Grand River Watershed - Amanda Wong, Grand River Conservation Authority, Cambridge, ON Canada
Linking Ecological Flow Alteration with Reservoir Operations - Jory Hecht, Tufts University, (co-authors: Peter Weiskel, and Richard Vogel)