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Freshwater Inflow: Science, Policy and Management

Organizers: Paul Montagna, Peter Doering, Merryl Alber, and Michael Connor

The effect of water withdrawal on estuaries is an issue of national concern.  At a recent meeting of the Estuarine Research Federation (held November 2001 in St. Pete Beach, FL), M. Alber, P. Montagna, M. Connor, and P. Doering convened a special session titled "Freshwater Inflow: Science, Policy, and Management."  The papers presented at the session addressed the issue of freshwater withdrawal from the perspective of scientists, managers, and regulators from many parts of the country.  Selections from this body of work comprise a dedicated issue of the journal Estuaries (published December 2002).

Oral Presentations:

Physical, Biological, and Management Responses to Variable Freshwater Flow into the San Francisco Estuary
     Wim J. Kimmerer (Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies, San Francisco State Univ, Tiburon, CA)

Methods for Determining Minimum Freshwater Inflow Needs of Texas Bays and Estuaries
     Gary L. Powell (Texas Water Development Board, Austin, TX)

Hydrobiological Approaches to the Management of Freshwater Inflows from Unimpounded Rivers to Southwest Florida Estuaries
     Michael S. Flannery (Southwest Florida Water Management District, Brooksville, FL)

Working Together to Ensure Freshwater Inflow to Estuaries
     Janine B. Adams* (Inst for Environmental and Coastal Management, Univ of Port Elizabeth, South Africa) and Barbara Weston (Social and Ecological Services, Dept of Water Affairs and Forestry, Pretoria, South Africa)

The Southeastern Water War
     Joseph W. Dellapenna (Villanova Univ School of Law, Villanova, PA)

Understanding Freshwater Inflow to Georgia Estuaries: From Science to Policy
     Merryl Alber (Dept of Marine Sciences, Univ of Georgia, Athens, GA)

Numerical Modeling of Proposed Freshwater Withdrawals and Desalination Concentrate Discharges in Tampa Bay, Florida
     Mark E. Luther*, Mark S. Vincent, David C. Burwell, and Boris Galperin (Univ of South Florida College of Marine Science, St. Petersburg, FL)

Hydrology and Columbia River Juvenile Salmonids -- Separating Human and Climate Effects
     David A. Jay*, Pradeep K. Naik (Dept of Environmental Science and Engineering, Oregon Graduate Institute, Beaverton, OR)

Impacts of Hydrological Changes on Phytoplankton Succession in the Swan River, Western Australia
     David P. Hamilton, Barbara J. Robson (Center for Water Research, Univ of Western Australia), and Ben R. Hodges* (Dept of Civil Engineering, Univ of Texas at Austin)

Salinity-Abundance Parabolas: Standardized Plankton Tows as a Means of Assessing Estuarine Condition
     Ernst Peebles (Univ. of South Florida, College of Marine Science, St. Petersburg, FL)

Dynamics of Pink Shrimp Recruitment Potential in Relation to Freshwater Inflow
     Joan A. Browder* (National Marine Fisheries Service, Miami, FL), Zoula Zein-Eldin (National Marine Fisheries Service, Galveston, TX), Maria Criales (Univ. of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, Miami, FL), Michael B. Robblee (US Geological Service Biological Resources Division, Homestead, FL), Steven Wong and Thomas L. Jackson (National Marine Fisheries Service, Miami, FL)

Review and Synthesis of Biotic Variables and Analytical Methods Used in Estuarine Flow Studies
     Ernest D. Estevez (Mote Marine Lab, Sarasota, FL)

Resource-Based Establishment of Freshwater Inflow Requirements for the Suwannee River Estuary
     Robert A. Mattson (Suwanee River Water Management District, Live Oak, FL)

The Freshwater Requirements of Supratidal Salt Marsh
     Thomas G. Bornman* and Janine B. Adams (Dept of Botany, Univ of Port Elizabeth, South Africa)

Using Submerged Aquatic Vegetation to Establish Minimum and Maximum Freshwater Inflows to the Caloosahatchee Estuary, FL
     Peter H. Doering*, Robert H. Chamberlin and Daniel E. Haunert (South Florida Water Management District, West Palm Beach, FL)

Experimental River Diversion for Marsh Enhancement
     Michael J. Irlbeck* (U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, Austin, TX) and George H. Ward (Center for Research in Water Resources, Univ of Texas at Austin)

The Ecological Response of Hypersaline Marsh to Freshwater Diversions: A Five Year Study
     Ken H. Dunton*, Paul A. Montagna (Univ of Texas Marine Science Institute, Port Arkansas, TX) and Terry E. Whitledge (Univ of Alaska Fairbanks, School of Fisheries and Oceans, Fairbanks, AK)


Effect of Restored Inflow on Marsh Benthos
     Paul Montagna*, Christine Ritter, Rick Kalke (Univ of Texas Marine Science Institute, Port Arkansas, TX)

Rangia cuneata is an Indicator of Past Inflow Regimes
     Rick Kalke* and Paul Montagna (Univ of Texas Marine Science Institute, Port Arkansas, TX)

Any Way You Slice It: A Comparison of Residence Time Calculations Using Simple Compartment Models of the Altamaha River Estuary (PDF -- opens in new window)
     Joan Sheldon* and Merryl Alber (Dept of Marine Sciences, Univ of Georgia, Athens, GA)

Seasonal Salinity Variation in the Chesapeake Bay
     Jay A. Austin (Center for Coastal Physical Oceanography, Old Dominion Univ, Norfolk, VA)

Examination of Changes in Freshwater Inflow to Tampa Bay
     Raymond Pribble* and Anthony Janicki (Janicki Environmental, Inc., St. Petersburg, FL)

Rincon Bayou Project: Diversion of the Nueces River and Its Effects on Water Column Productivity
     Terry E. Whitledge* and Dean A. Stockwell (School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, Univ of Alaska, Fairbanks, AK)

Nutrient and Primary Production Effects of Mandated Freshwater Releases into Nueces Bay, Texas: 1990-1998
     Dean A. Stockwell* and Terry E. Whitledge (School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, Univ of Alaska, Fairbanks, AK)

Spatial Variation in Phytoplankton Nutrient Limitation in a Northeastern Gulf of Mexico Estuary: Apalachicola Bay
     Behzad Mortazavi*, Richard. L. Iverson, Victoria Myers and Mike Fulmer (Florida State Univ Dept of Oceanography, Tallahassee, FL)

Distribution of Ichthyoplankton and Recommended Freshwater Inflows to the Caloosahatchee Estuary, Florida
     Robert Chamberlain*, Peter Doering, Dan Haunert, and Daniel Crean (South Florida Water Management District, West Palm Beach, FL)

Responses of the Freshwater Marsh and Striped Bass Population to Modifications of the Savannah River Estuary, Georgia, USA
     Terry R. Reinert*, Cecil A. Jennings (Warnell School of Forest Resources, Univ of Georgia, Athens, GA) and Wiley Kitchens (Florida Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, Univ of Florida, Gainesville, FL)

Seasonal Changes in the Fish Community of Lower Suwannee River and the Potential Impacts of Freshwater Withdrawal on the Fish Community
     Tien-Shui Tsou (Florida Marine Research Institute, St. Petersburg, FL)

Effects of Increased Freshwater Inflow on Salinity and Emergent Vegetation of a South Texas Hypersaline Salt Marsh
     Heather D. Alexander* and Ken H. Dunton (Dept of Marine Science, Univ of Texas at Austin, Port Arkansas, TX)

Distribution of Spartina alterniflora and S. cynosuroides Along the Altamaha River: Potential Impacts of Competition, Salinity and Sulfate Availability
     Susan N. White* and Merryl Alber (Dept of Marine Sciences, Univ of Georgia, Athens, GA)

*Presenting author

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