New Jersey Section of American Water Resources Association (NJ-AWRA)
Past President Luncheon
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
3450 Princeton Pike
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
12:00 - 12:30 pm Lunch
12:30 - 12:50 pm Past President Discussion
12:50 - 1:50 pm Presentation by Jon Kennen
1:50 - 2:00 pm NJ-AWRA Announcements
*Board Meeting immediately following luncheon, click here to see draft agenda
Overview of the Final EPA-USGS Technical Report - Protecting Aquatic Life From Effects of Hydrologic Alteration
Presented by Jon Kennen
This talk will highlight the recently released Technical Report -- Protecting Aquatic Life from Effects of Hydrologic Alteration which was developed collaboratively by the EPA and USGS. This joint report provides scientific and technical support for efforts by States and Tribes to advance the protection of aquatic life from the adverse effects of hydrologic alterations in streams and rivers. It presents: 1) a literature review of the natural flow regime and description of the potential effects of flow alteration on aquatic life; 2) examples of narrative criteria that some states have developed and implemented in support the natural flow regime; and a flexible, non-prescriptive framework that can be used by states, Tribes, and territories to quantify targets for flow regime components that are protective of aquatic life.
Dr. Jonathan Kennen is the Ecological Water Coordinator for the USGS Water Availability and Use Science Program (WAUSP). His ongoing research addresses integrated multidisciplinary hydroecological investigations at the state, regional, and national level. Jonathan was a coauthor of the Ecological Limits of Hydrologic Alteration (ELOHA) paper and was co-developer of the Hydroecological Integrity Assessment Process for determining suitable flows for streams. Jonathan has also been involved in the development of biological and ecological protocols and procedures that are used for conducting State, regional, and National aquatic biology investigations. His current research focuses on understanding the effects of changes in naturally and artificially modified flow regimes on aquatic assemblages. As part of the WAUSP, Jonathan is helping to develop tools and technical information to support stakeholder water availability and ecological water needs. Currently this includes classifying rivers and streams into distinctive flow regime types, the development of a user-driven and web-available hydroecological toolbox that serves streamflow statistics and biological data to stakeholders, and the support and development of flow-ecology models.
Please note that this talk is eligible for 1 AICP CM Credit self-reporting, 1 NJ PE Credit self-reporting, Professional Wetland Scientist self-reporting, Certified Ecologist Credits, and North American Lake Management Society self-certification.