Instream Flows for Recreational and Aesthetic Resources

by Carl H. Petrich, Oak Ridge Natl Lab, United States,
Steven F. Railsback, Oak Ridge Natl Lab, United States,
Monica M. Swihart, Oak Ridge Natl Lab, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Legal, Institutional, Financial and Environmental Aspects of Water Issues


Methods for assessing impacts of instream flow changes on recreation and aesthetics are presented. Impacts to recreation can be predicted by quantifying recreational use, predicting impacts to fish populations and fishing access, and relating changes in hydrology and hydraulics to requirements for boating. Impacts to aesthetics can be predicted by surveying the affected public and by estimating impacts on visual sensitivity, relative distinctiveness, restorative potential, and visual preference.

Subject Headings: Recreation | Aesthetics | Streamflow | Water-based recreation | Ecological restoration | Hydrology | Water resources | Fish and fishery management

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