Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units Program: Arkansas
Education, Research and Technical Assistance for Managing Our Natural Resources

Arkansas Project

Flow-ecology relationships and environmental flows assessmen...

August 2017 - March 2020


Participating Agencies

  • Arkansas Game and Fish Commission

Providing adequate water quantity and quality in streams and rivers is a pressing issue worldwide. Determining appropriate environmental flows in streams is critical for defining and designing landscapes capable of sustaining natural resources at desired levels. This project develops the second phase in a multi-year study, involving many partners (state and federal agencies and NGO’s) and a series of steps towards the goal of producing the scientific basis for environmental flow standards within the Ozark-Ouachita Interior Highlands and the West Gulf Coastal Plains. Important products of this work will be regional flow-ecology relationships that will form the scientific framework for setting environmental flow standards and understanding impacts of land use and climate change. These flow-ecology relationships will help determine environmental flow needs in the Ozark-Ouachita Interior Highlands and the West Gulf Coastal Plains and will provide the basis for conservation of numerous aquatic species of greatest conservation need.

Research Publications Publication Date
Fox, J.T. and D.D. Magoulick. 2019. Predicting hydrologic disturbance of streams using species occurrence data. Science of the Total Environment 686:254-263. May 2019
Bruckerhoff, L.A., D.R. Leasure and D.D. Magoulick. 2019. Flow-ecology relationships are spatially structured and differ among flow regimes. Journal of Applied Ecology 56:398-412. DOI:10.1111/1365‐2664.13297 February 2019