A Quick Lesson on Environmental Flows

TitleA Quick Lesson on Environmental Flows
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Year of Publication2014
Secondary TitleInternational Rivers (IR)
Place PublishedBerkeley
Key themesEcology and Livelihoods, Framing Concepts in Water Governance

A river's flow is its heartbeat. Freshwater plants and animals have evolved with, and intimately depend upon, natural patterns of hydrological variability. When a river has been dammed, one of the most obvious changes is the disruption to the amount and timing of its flow. “Environmental flows” is a system for managing the quantity, timing, and quality of water flows below a dam, with the goal of sustaining freshwater and estuarine ecosystems and the human livelihoods that depend on them. While more effective management of dams can help to mitigate environmental impacts, many dams around the world presently lack the mechanisms needed to control water discharge. This brief with infographics provides basics for a quick lesson on environmental flows.


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