Title: Evaluating Water Allocation Strategies in the Virgin River Basin for the Protection and Enhancement of Native Fish
Project Type: Research
Start Date: 03/01/2006
End Date: 02/28/2007
Congressional District: UT1
Focus Categories: Water Supply, Ecology, Management and Planning
Keywords: Instream Flows, Water Use, Land Use, Endangered Species
Principal Investigators: Hardy, Thomas B. (Utah State University); McKee, Mac (Utah State University)
Federal Funds: $21,000
Non-Federal Matching Funds: $59,852
Abstract: Existing water resource allocation practices within the Virgin River Basin has placed an increasing focus on identification of alternative strategies that can accommodate protection and recovery efforts of native fish and in particular endangered and threatened species such as woundfin and Virgin River spinedace. In many sub-basins, existing water use continues to follow practices implemented at the turn of the century and little work has been undertaken to evaluate alternative strategies of water allocations that may improve instream flow conditions conducive to meeting recovery objectives for the listed fish species within the basin.
In this project, we will focus on evaluating existing land use practices and water allocation strategies that may be able to take advantage of new water resource infrastructure (i.e., the Quail Creek/Sand Hollow systems) to meet water demands while providing increased instream flows within selected tributaries of the Virgin River.
Specific tasks include:
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