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Potomac Flow-by Studies


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Agenda for the Sept 20, 2005 "Potomac River Low-Flow Study Methods Indicator Species/Guilds Workshop"

Purpose: Identify representative indicator (sentinel) species/guilds for fishes and other aquatic organisms in the study area. Such organisms are those which are known, or suspected, to be dependent upon specific water conditions for one or more aspects of their life cycle which might be compromised by un-natural low-flows. With these in mind, develop index or representative locations which should be the focus of study, and begin developing a study plan/costs/duties.

9:00 - 9:30:

    Sign-in (with coffee and pastries)

9:30 - 9:45:

    Welcome, Introductions, Overview of today’s tasks

9:45 - 10:15:

    Review of 2002 Habitat Assessment (Steve Schreiner Versar, Inc)

10:15 - 10:45:

    Review of 2004 Workshop, Subsequent Actions (Jim Cummins, ICPRB)

10:45 - 11:00:


11:00 - 12:00:

    Begin refining key species/representatives (Open Discussion Format):
      Base them on factors such as abundance, sensitivity, status (e.g., endangered, threatened), and public interest

12:30 - 12:30:

    Break for lunch

12:30 - 1:30:

    Continue Species/Guild Discussions


    Begin to develop Conceptual Study Plan(s) and Budgets:
      Focusing on adaptive management scenarios for study during a lower-flow year (whenever that comes back), but also getting a better handle of what characterizes the ecology of the study areas during "normal" years.
        Develop Index Locations. Base upon biological community, important and/or sentinel (sensitive) species from;
          Fish and Mussels
          Birds, Mammals, Amphibians and Reptiles

3:00 - 3:30:

    Initial design of mechanisms needed to obtain and reserve resources/funds until lower-flows return

3:30 -4:00:


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