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Climate Change and Stream flow: Barriers and Opportunities

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22-11-029 December 2022
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Author(s) Yoder, Jonathan, and Raymond, Crystal
Description The purpose of this report is to examine localized climate change impacts on streamflow, water temperature, and associated ecosystem services, and to identify opportunities for climate change adaptation in Washington State water resource management. This report is organized around four main topics:

(1) summary of projected climate effects on streamflow and water temperature with focus on low flow conditions;
(2) an analysis of projected climate impacts on salmonids by characterizing critical flow conditions and other limiting factors for salmon restoration related to habit requirements and legal framework for water resource management;
(3) a summary of Washington State law and policy barriers to streamflow management in response to climate; and
(4) a synthesis of Western States’ policy responses to climate-induced stream flow change
NOTES Project team: Jonathan Yoder (lead), Washington State University (WSU), State of Washington Water Research Center Crystal Raymond (co-lead), University of Washington (UW) and Climate Impacts Group Reetwika Basu, WSU School of Economic Sciences Suhina Deol, WSU School of Economic Sciences Alexander Fremier, WSU School of Environment Kairon Garcia, WSU School of Economic Sciences Guillaume Mauger, UW Climate Impacts Group Julie Padowski, State of Washington Water Research Center Matt Rogers, UW Climate Impacts Group Amanda Stahl, WSU School of Environment
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Keywords stream flows, streamflow, water availability, climate change
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