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    USGS study draft plan

    Hi,

    Check out the DRF website to see the USGS study plan for the mapping and flow study. This is an earlier version of the study, there have been a few minor modifications to the plan since this was developed.

    Dennis,

    Can you download the plan and add it to the DRF list on the left please!? Thanks

    Jim


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    Re: USGS study draft plan

    What is the status of the following USGS Delaware Flow Study?

    BRD * Upper Delaware River Basin Environmental Flows Study

    "Upper Delaware River Basin Environmental Flows Study

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    Originator: U.S. Geological Survey, Fort Collins Science Center (FORT)
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    Title: BRD * Upper Delaware River Basin Environmental Flows Study
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    New York City's Delaware system impounds Delaware River tributaries in three reservoirs: Cannonsville Reservoir on the West Branch, Pepacton Reservoir on the East Branch, and the Neversink Reservoir on the Neversink River. Approximately 725,985 AF/yr is diverted out of the Delaware Basin from these reservoirs through the Delaware Aqueduct. The Delaware River Basin Compact, which became law in 1961, created the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) to manage water resources of the basin and to help resolve regional resource conflicts without returning to court. The DRBC is made up of the governors from the states of Delaware, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania, and a federal represented appointed by the President. Using its authority, the DRBC funded a ?Flow Needs Study? designed to define flow related issues, provide tools (featuring a flow simulation model called OASIS), and recommend additional study needs to help resolve interstate flow management issues. This study identified many cases where the technical basis for flow management decisions required strengthening. One such area is the updating of ecologically based flow relationships for the Upper Delaware main stem and tributaries. The recent discovery of several colonies of Dwarf Wedgemussel, an endangered species, on the Upper Main Stem Delaware has highlighted the need for additional ecological assessment of the flow regime. There are a number of operational and management factors which affect the flow regime in the Upper Delaware Basin. Among these are the Montague flow target formula, minimum NYC reservoir releases, NYCDEP reservoir management decisions, the reservoir operating rule curves, and reservoir capacity. Montague flow target: During normal conditions as defined by the operating rule curves, New York City can divert up to 800 million gallons a day (2,456 AF) out of the three reservoirs as long as a Delaware River flow target of 1,750 cubic feet per second (cfs) is met at the Montague, NJ gage. New York City must comply with this direction, but may use any of the three Upper Delaware reservoirs to do so, making the low flow regime in the upper Delaware and tributaries highly variable. Minimum releases: New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) regulations require minimum releases from the three reservoirs for conservation purposes. During periods of drought watch, drought warning, and drought as defined by the operating rule curves, both flow targets and minimum releases would be reduced under the proposal. In addition, thermal releases are also made when needed to protect coldwater fisheries below the reservoirs. Rule curves: The rule curves defining drought watch, warning and drought conditions represent a seasonal water allocation of NYC reservoir storage among the decree parties. Drought or drought warning operations have been invoked frequently in recent history, resulting in frequent enforcement of the basic conservation release and abnormally low flows for extended periods of time. Reservoir capacity: Reservoir spills result when large runoff events occur when the reservoir is full or nearly full. Under natural conditions, peak flows would normally occur in April and May in response to snowmelt runoff. Attenuation of peaks is greatest in the Neversink River and least in the West Branch due to differences in reservoir capacity and inflow.
    Purpose:
    Program - Fisheries: Aquatic and Endangered Resources Goal 4 Aquatic Species and Habitats -Quantify and describe functional relationships among aquatic species and habitats to provide information to conserve or restore aquatic community function. Goal 5 Aquatic Species at Risk - Provide science support to natural resource managers by investigating the factors that contribute to the conservation and recovery of aquatic species at risk. Goal 6 Research Support and Technical Assistance - Enhance research capabilities and technical assistance to provide research support to DOI bureaus, other government agencies, Tribes, and NGO's for application in natural resource management problem solving and decision making. Objective: Identification of environmental flows for the Neversink, East and West Branch of the Delaware Rivers. Continuation of the project initiated January 2004. The USGS' involvement in the Upper Delaware is a the result of Congressional funding directed towards the study of instream habitat needs in the Upper Delaware. This project was proposed for federal funding by a coalition of non-profit groups (inluding The Nature Conservancy, Trout Unlimited, and the Delaware River Foundation) and supported by the Delaware River Basin Commission. The study plan was developed in conjunction with the Subcommittee on Ecological Flows for the Delaware Basin (SEF). SEF's goal is to ?to develop ecological flow requirements for the maintenance or restoration of healthy self-sustaining and managed aquatic ecosystems in the Delaware Basin.? The goal of the present study is provide information relating instream habitat and streamflow to fill data gaps that currently exist in the OASIS model. Specifically, the objectives of the study are: 1) the quantification of habitat metrics over a range of discharges and seasons at selected locations in the three tributaries and mainstem Delaware, 2) development and calibration of a network-wide temperature simulation model for the upper Delaware River basin, and 3) development of a prototype decision support system to assist DRBC and other stakeholders to analyze and interpret water management and reservoir operations alternatives.
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    Contact_Person: Bovee, Ken D.
    Contact_Organization: U.S. Geological Survey, Fort Collins Science Center (FORT)
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    USGS workshop: linking hydrological change and ecological response in streams and rivers of the eastern United States, February 8-10, 2005, Herndon, VA
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    USGS workshop: linking hydrological change and ecological response in streams and rivers of the eastern United States, February 8-10, 2005, Herndon, VA
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    Collect bathymetric, habitat and discharge data for 11 sites in the Upper Delaware River (UDR) system. Prepare streambed topography, computational mesh and 2-D model input files, and simulate 12 - 15 unmeasured discharges for each site. Prepare GIS-based habitat maps for 10 - 12 habitat classes for each simulated discharge. Compile information from the habitat maps into functional relationships between habitat class metrics and discharge. Assemble these relationships in a DSS to display the results of alternative operating regimes for the UDR.
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    Program - Fisheries: Aquatic and Endangered Resources Goal 4 Aquatic Species and Habitats -Quantify and describe functional relationships among aquatic species and habitats to provide information to conserve or restore aquatic community function. Goal 5 Aquatic Species at Risk - Provide science support to natural resource managers by investigating the factors that contribute to the conservation and recovery of aquatic species at risk. Goal 6 Research Support and Technical Assistance - Enhance research capabilities and technical assistance to provide research support to DOI bureaus, other government agencies, Tribes, and NGO's for application in natural resource management problem solving and decision making. Objective 1: Quantification of habitat metrics over a range of discharges. A. Complete collection of bathymetric data for remaining sites. We anticipate collection of the remaining bathymetric data for two mainstem Delaware River sites and one Neversink site during May, 2005. B. Complete habitat maps for all sites and simulated flows by October, 2005. Objective 2. Development and calibration of a network-wide temperature simulation model for the upper Delaware River basin. This task is complete or nearly complete. Objective 3: Development of a prototype decision support system. Work on this objective will begin upon completion of the habitat classification maps for all sites. We are exploring the feasibility of posting results from DSS runs to the Delaware River NBII layer.
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    Re: USGS study draft plan

    I should have read my posting more closely. The study is ending on 09/30/2007 in reference to the following: "Dwarf Wedgemussel, an endangered species, on the Upper Main Stem Delaware has highlighted the need for additional ecological assessment of the flow regime. "

    I will ask The Department of Interior, U.S.G.S. for an update today. The contacts are based in Colorado, not my neighboring Washington, DC metro area.

    Sincerely,

    DTW


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    Re: USGS study draft plan

    Hi Dennis,

    This is referencing the USGS DSS model that we have been usung for the last year or so. The model incorporates flow data from OASIS and then comares two different flow/release regimes to each other and calculates the habitat gain or loss due to the change.

    Dwarf Wedge mussel habitat is one of the metrics that is examined. There is another study that focused on the DWM that is due to be completed in September. This will add to the knowledge base for the DWM and hopefully let everyone make better decisions based on the results. DWM's need consistant cool water, so it can only help.

    The DSS model is in its final stage of review and will be made a public document soon. (IT may be already, it will be psoted to the USGS website.) If anyone would like to play with it, I would be glad to teach you how to use it.

    JIm


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    Re: USGS study draft plan

    I just completed my discussion with USGS about the Flows Study and the impact on the Dwarf Wedge. Here we go:

    1.) The study is completed, and will be published as early as Mid-July or at the latest - the end of Federal FY -- i.e. 09/30/2007.

    2.) The study is undergoing review of 508 compliancy (to ensure that the general public including "accessible to employees and members of the public with disabilities ") can access this posted research. Additionally, it is undergoing review by the Division of Public Affairs (not sure if I transcribed the proper division title here, but pretty close) before releasing for public review.

    3.) No hold-ups are estimated to stop release of documentation.

    4.) The study looks at habitat persistence. It maps the intersection of habitat coincidence data trends. There is a trend of flow releases that are impacting the population of the mussels - specifically warm water versus cold water. Mussels like cold water.

    5.) DRBC and NPS are closely looking at this study and the relevance of flow releases from the reservoirs.

    6.) The nomenclature for the system used is a D.S.S. -- I would call it a Decision Support System. This system created is a software (algorithm) that utilizes the OASIS data model. I mentioned that some feel that the OASIS data model is considered flawed, but was told that the U.S. ARMY Corp of Engineers has reviewed the OASIS model for accuracy.

    7.) Spillage has caused a hypolinmentic occurrence. Therefore, they needed to look at the pattern of spillage and bottom releases to gather a more accurate finding.

    8.) The "West" side of the river system has a higher occurrence of the mussel population. But quickly diminishes in the main river. There may be a higher density of ground water on that side of the river. The PA side has a higher population rate of mussels.

    9.) DRBC (they are "hip to the problem") and NPS are attempting to determine the proper flow rate to minimize flooding and also are looking at this report as well as a baseline for upcoming decisions of releases.

    10.) The feeling is that the reservoirs are not large enough to accommodate an optimal flood mitigation program.

    11.) Jim Serio has been hired by DRBC to run the OASIS model as a consultant and is highly regarded for his prowess with the current prototype. The final prototype will be released as well for citizen usage also in the near future. (I am under the assumption that this will be released in the same time-frame, but not sure...). The D.S.S. is a computational model, as described above.

    12.) The D.S.S. will also assist in showing the impact of the bottom versus top releases on Trout and Shad as well. These are called "Spill Events".

    13.) Most importantly, the mussel is considered a federally protected species. THAT IS VERY KEY - LOVE LIVE THE FRESH WATER MUSSEL.

    Bon Appetit?

    Dennis Watson
    Concerned Citizen, Trout Fisherman and Mussel Lover Extraordinaire


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    Re: USGS study draft plan

    Dennis Watson,
    FOr a look at some of the DSS results we have been evaluating over the past year, visit H-SPHERE I forget which catagory but there is DSS evaluations there. Its a pretty complex model that takes into account the river system in sections. Big Spinner has done litterally hundreds and hundreds of runs modeling various release structures against a base run. Ive taken quite a few of these runs from Jim and compiled them in a more legible format for some who may not understand everything DSS was spitting out. These can be seen at the link above.

    DSS is old news.

    -larry

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    Re: USGS study draft plan

    Larry,

    Are you also hired by the DRBC as well?

    Sincerely,

    Dennis Watson


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    Re: USGS study draft plan

    Mr. Richard Gore at DRBC is graciously allowing me to provide a FOIA request to potentially have access to all contracts and rfp's relating to subcontracting work between DRF and DRBC. I look foward to that opportunity.


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    Re: USGS study draft plan

    Maybe I'm naive, but is there a conflict of interest in members of the DRF being paid by the DRBC? If so, please spell out for the rest of us...


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    Re: USGS study draft plan

    Quote Originally Posted by FishsEddie View Post
    Maybe I'm naive, but is there a conflict of interest in members of the DRF being paid by the DRBC? If so, please spell out for the rest of us...
    FishsEddie, unfortunately that seems to be the indication.

    According to my conversation with D.O.I. U.S.G.S., and members of various conservation organizations, this seems to be a valid or perceived to be a current relationship. The perception is that this is a conflict of interest that directly focuses on what is the relationship of D.R.F., D.R.B.C. and T.U.?

    I am hoping that this IS NOT TRUE.

    However, I will also perform a F.O.I.A. request for Trout Unlimited in addition to D.R.F. At this juncture, D.R.B.C. is open to my request and willing to share this documentation. I hope this offer still stands in the near future.

    Based upon my research, I will post a copy (or website link) to the gathered F.O.I.A. documents.

    Also, I will attempt to setup a meeting with Matt Gillespie at T.U. in Ballston, VA as that is within the same area of D.O.I. clients of which I interface with periodically during the fiscal year.

    Sincerely,

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    Re: USGS study draft plan

    Quote Originally Posted by ddawatson View Post
    Larry,

    Are you also hired by the DRBC as well?

    Sincerely,

    Dennis Watson
    I just came across another thread of interest between D.R.F., and the Truform Fly company as well. Larry owns this company.

    Another fact, of which I trying to understand, is that the CP2 Coalition website is: "Website created, hosted and maintained by the Fly Fishing Connection, a Truform™ Fly Co., Inc. property", as stated on the bottom of the following website: Let Your Voice Be Heard by taking action on the Coalition's Delaware River Adaptive Release Policy

    So basically, we have a firm that has POTENTIALLY stolen someone’s intellectual property who is within D.R.F. and also uses proceeds generated to support the D.R.F. as well.

    I need to perform some more due diligence in this regard as well.

    Riddle me this Batman: What is the relationship between The Nature Conservancy, T.U., and the Subcommittee of Ecological Flows (SEF) and D.R.B.C.?

    Dennis T. Watson

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    Re: USGS study draft plan

    Mr. Watson,

    (NOT the pot calling the kettle black by any stretch of the imagination, but...)
    Could you just state what your goal is, here in this thread?

    John
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