Product Type: Science Feature
Author(s): Henriksen, J. and J. Wilson
Henriksen, J. and J. Wilson. 2006. “HIP” new software: The Hydroecological Integrity Assessment Process. http://www.fort.usgs.gov/Resources/Research_Briefs/HIP.asp.
This publication is available from the USGS Fort Collins Science Center .
Managing rivers and streams to maintain healthy aquatic ecosystems is a challenge for resource managers across the country. Demand for competing uses of water resources grows with escalating development, increasing recreational use, and the vagaries of climate and weather. For many species of concern, instream flow and associated water quality is critical for survival. Balancing these ecosystem needs with proposed changes in flow regimes requires a process managers can use to classify streams and determine the ecological and hydrological impacts of changes in streamflow...