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

Wyoming Project


Drought, water availability, and the implications for fish

August 2020 - November 2025


Personnel

Participating Agencies

  • U.S. Geological Survey

In semi-arid systems, water availability is a critical resource for species to track, but we do not have good quantification of water availability. Climate change and increased water abstraction will increase the frequency and intensity of drought, but the ecological implications are not well understood. There is a need to better quantify water availability and evaluate implications for fish populations. This project is a collaboration of researchers between the USGS Wyoming Cooperative Fish & Wildlife Research Unit and the Wyoming Landscape Conservation Initiative. Maps of spatial and temporal variation in water availability will be developed that will be useful in the planning and prioritization of management actions.

Presentations Presentation Date
Rieger, E., N. Clancy, and A. Walters. 2024. Understanding fish sensitivity to stream intermittency. The Wyoming Chapter of The Wildlife Society 2024 Conference. April 2024
Rieger, E., N. Clancy, and A. Walters. 2024. Understanding fish sensitivity to stream intermittency. Colorado-Wyoming Chapter of the American Fisheries Society Annual Meeting 2024. February 2024
Rieger, E., N. Clancy, and A. Walters. 2024. Understanding fish sensitivity to stream intermittency in prairie streams. American Fisheries Society Annual Meeting 2024. September 2024
Annika W. Walters, Niall G. Clancy, Thomas P. Archdeacon, Songyan Yu, Jane S. Rogosch, and Elizabeth A. Rieger. 2024. Refuge identification as a climate adaptation strategy to promote fish persistence during drought. Wyoming Chapter of The Wildlife Society / Wyoming Landscape Conservation Initiative 2024 conference, Cody, Wyoming, USA. April 2024

Niall G. Clancy, Phaedra E. Budy, and Annika. W. Walters. 2024. High climate vulnerability of glacial-relict fishes. The Wyoming Wildlife Society / Wyoming Landscape Conservation Initiative conference, Cody, Wyoming, USA.
April 2024