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Instream flow uses and values

March, 1993

Instream flow is important to river recreation like rafting (photo by Tim Brown).
Instream flow is important to river recreation like rafting (photo by Tim Brown).
As more water has been diverted from rivers and streams to serve our farms and growing cities and towns, instream flows have diminished. To reach a good balance in the allocation of water between instream and offstream uses, we need a better understanding of the roles, uses, and values of instream flow, and of the laws and regulations that affect water allocation. This project aims to enhance that understanding.

Related Publications

Brown, Thomas. C. 2003. Water availability and recreational opportunities. Pp 299-314 (Chapter 14) in Riparian Areas of the Southwestern United States: Hydrology, Ecology, and Management. Malchus B. Baker, Peter F. Ffolliott, Leonard F. DeBano, and Daniel G. Neary (eds.). New York, NY: Lewis Publishers. 408 pages.

Gillilan, David M., and Thomas C. Brown. 1997. Instream flow protection: Seeking a balance in western water use. Washington, D.C.: Island Press. 417 pp. (Available in hardcover and paperback)

Brown, Thomas C., and John W. Duffield. 1995. Testing part-whole valuation effects in contingent valuation of instream flow protection. Water Resources Research 31(9):2341-2352.

Hetherington, J., Daniel, T. C., and T. C. Brown. 1993. Is motion more important than it sounds? The medium of presentation in environment perception research. Journal of Environmental Psychology 13:283-291.

Shelby, Bo, Thomas C. Brown, and Robert Baumgartner. 1992. Effects of streamflows on river trips on the Colorado River in Grand Canyon, Arizona. Rivers 3(3):191-201.

Duffield, John W., Christopher J. Neher, and Thomas C. Brown. 1992. Recreation benefits of instream flow: Application to Montana's Big Hole and Bitterroot Rivers. Water Resources Research 28(9):2169-2181.

Brown, Thomas C., Jonathan Taylor, and Bo Shelby. 1991. Assessing the direct effects of streamflow on recreation: A literature review. Water Resources Bulletin (6):979-989.

Brown, Thomas C. 1991. Water for wilderness areas: Instream flow needs, protection, and economic value. Rivers 2(4):311-325.

Brown, Thomas C., and Terry C. Daniel. 1991. Landscape aesthetics of riparian environments: Relationship of flow quantity to scenic quality along a wild and scenic river. Water Resources Research 27(8):1787-1795.

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