Four breakout groups discussed issues related to their specific areas of interest, and they each created three recommendations for the expert panel during a working lunch. Information gaps were identified by each of the groups and recommendations for additional research/work follow. The panelistsí questions were addressed during the breakout group presentations and the workshop was adjourned to allow the panelists to develop their recommendations.
Breakout Group Reports
Submerged Aquatic Vegetation (SAV)
2. What are the microhabitat effects of SAV? (e.g., stratification, thermocline)
3. What are the effects of the C&O canal? Is there a possibility of using the canal to test low flow effects on SAV beds and water quality?
Birds, Mammals, Amphibians and Reptiles
2. Is there a benefit to birds and mammals during low flow through increased food availability?
3. Would persistent decreased flow lead to increased contaminant levels in raptors and other scavengers?
2. Biological monitoring is needed to collect habitat/hydrologic information. (e.g., where do fish go during droughts?)
3. What are the acceptable levels of accuracy and tolerance in Adaptive Management models?
Fish and Mussels
2. Need more biological data. The long-term goal is to develop a monitoring program for the study area based on a multi-metric approach.
3. Need an agreement that in the short-term, without biological information, a hydrologic analysis could be done that provides habitat templates for the study area.