River systems worldwide have been modified through water management practices resulting in impaired flow regimes critical to supporting hydrogeomorphic processes and ecological functionality of riverscapes. In particular, hydropower operations affect downstream ecosystems through changes in flow patterns, temperature, and sediment transport. A functional flows paradigm – emphasizing process-based hydrograph components – has emerged as a guide for developing environmental flow frameworks in heavily managed river systems. The objectives of this project are to articulate functional flows for hydropower operations that benefit downstream ecosystems as well as develop thermal regime criteria for select case studies to inform sustainable...
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