Predicting Fish Impacts Due to Land and Water Use

Human uses of our natural resources on land and in water often impact fish species living in our streams, lakes and estuaries. The goal of this symposium is to present the most recent findings on mechanisms that link our actions on land and in water to the response of fish populations in the associated water bodies.  Topics include mechanisms of fish response to habitat and flow alteration, hydro power development, water quality, forest practices, and land development for agricultural and urban use.  Analytical approaches to predicting fish response to these resource uses will be addressed.   Presentations will focus on response to specific environmental features such as cover,  temperature, habitat morphology, and water quality, and describe the use of population models to accumulate environmental effects across time and space.   Presented information will shed light on the specific environmental and habitat factors that determine how fish respond to our natural resource uses, and enhance our ability to interpret or predict likely fish response to a wide range of land and water uses, and to identify how those responses accumulate over fish life stages to determine overall impact.
Steve Cramer
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