Water Availability for Ecological Needs In The Upper Flint River Basin, Georgia— A USGS Science Thrust Project

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Hughes, W. Brian
Freeman, Mary C.
Gregory, M. Brian
Peterson, James T.
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The Flint River Science Thrust project of the U.S. Geological Survey is part of a federally funded program to address key National science priorities including landslides/debris flows, fire science, integrated landscape monitoring, and water availability. The purpose of the project is to advance the science needed to specify the hydrologic conditions necessary to support flowing-water ecosystems. This information is critical for management of water supplies. Specific project goals include: • Develop conceptual models that relate hydrology, geomorphology, and water quality to biological management objectives. • Evaluate and determine the major factors driving the conceptual models and determine additional data needs. • Use the upper Flint River Basin to demonstrate a spatially explicit predictive model for evaluating watersupply development options that links watershed conditions to biological management objectives. • Identify research and monitoring needed to address critical uncertainties and data gaps determined during model development.
Sponsored and Organized by: U.S. Geological Survey, Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Natural Resources Conservation Service, The University of Georgia, Georgia State University, Georgia Institute of Technology
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