SNAPP: Water Flow Impact

Principal Investigator(s): 

Kari Vigerstol, Adrian Vogl, and Robin Abell

Maintaining reliable freshwater flows is essential for human health and well-being, sustainable economic development, and ecological integrity. This means a minimum amount of water in our rivers and streams during dry seasons, and high flows that are within natural ranges of variation during wet seasons.

Floods and droughts are expected to increase with continued shifts in climate. Scientists know that good land stewardship can help improve and maintain water quality, but to what extent can it also meaningfully reduce flood and drought-related risks faced by different stakeholders? To effectively implement the right actions in the right places in specific watersheds, we need to understand how and where different source water protection actions can contribute to achieving reliable freshwater flows.

To address this issue, we bring together hydrology and adaptation experts to examine the science, and then work with stakeholder group representatives to interpret the meaning of that science through the lens of those groups: downstream utilities and municipal managers, humanitarian groups working with upstream communities, and aquatic ecologists.

The project is funded in part by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation through Grant GBMF7100 to The Nature Conservancy to support the work of SNAPP.

More information for project participants Visit the SNAPP website