An Introduction To: Instream Flows and Instream Flow Rules
An Introduction To: Instream Flows and Instream Flow Rules (Number of pages: 2) (Publication Size: 933KB)
|Description||Healthy stream flows are a vital part of our natural environment and com-munity water supplies. In addition to providing habitat for fish and wildlife, stream flows contribute to the scenic and aesthetic qualities of natural set-tings and help support recreation, stock watering, and other uses of water.
The Department of Ecology is required by state law to keep enough water in streams to protect and preserve these instream resources and uses. To do this, we set flow levels in administrative rules; the specific stream flow levels are called “instream flows.” Once instream flow levels are established in a rule, they serve as a water right for the stream and the resources that depend on it.
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|Keywords||water right, mitigation, instream flow, instream flow rules|
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