Kansas River, Sustainable Rivers Program – Identification of Environmental Flows to Support the Native Aquatic Community
CPCB assisted The Nature Conservancy and U.S. Army of Engineers in the Sustainable Rivers Program (SRP) for the Kansas River. The goal of SRP is to examine opportunities to optimize reservoir releases and rivers flows to benefit river ecology while maintaining the federal mandates of the reservoir system in the U.S. Maintaining environmental flows (e-flows), or flows that benefit native species and ecological systems, would provide year-round river water levels suitable for the behavioral, reproductive, and habitat needs of river and floodplain flora and fauna. CPCB performed a literature review of Kansas River fauna, assembled a database of fish records to identify flow-dependent fish species and their changes over time, and propose flow modifications that will benefit the fauna.