During the past three years, SARP and its many partners, through the work of the Southern Instream Flow Network (SIFN), have implemented the Southern Instream Flow Research Agenda for the South Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative (SALCC).  State-of-the-science instream flow resources have been developed for the SALCC that include:  a river classification framework, flow alteration assessment, compilation of aquatic data, the identification of priority aquatic conservation areas and a literature review of regional flow-ecology relationships.  This project was culminated in April when more than 40 scientists from the SALCC participated in a two-day long workshop in Savannah, Georgia that was focused on the latest developments in instream flow science in the Southeast.  Jointly hosted by the Southeast Aquatic Resources Partnership (SARP) and the SALCC, the primary objective of the workshop was to review the newly available water resource information and develop priority research needs to advance instream flow science in the SALCC region, which includes Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama and Florida.  In June, SIFN will release the SALCC Instream Flow Research Plan.

In other parts of the southeast, SARP is working on a similar project with the Gulf Coast Prairie Landscape Conservation Cooperative (GCPLCC) to develop a plan to implement the Research Agenda, refine instream flow resources and create a research plan to advance instream flow science in Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana.  To date, a Steering Committee has been organized.  SIFN will hold a workshop in July for the Steering Committee to guide the project’s implementation. 

To learn more about the latest developments in instream flow work undertaken by SARP, contact Mary Davis, SIFN Technical Advisor, at mary@southeastaquatics.net.