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  • Flood & Drought Management
    water or the debris and sediment associated with flooding Likewise while many municipal water supplies are capable of ensuring safe drinking water during flood events private drinking wells can become contaminated by floodwaters which tend to mobilize bacteria The plants and animals occupying floodplains on the other hand have evolved to cope with floods In fact many species rely on changing water levels as part of their life cycle Frequent or intense flood events however can lead to erosion destroyed breeding grounds and declining plant and animal communities Of varying duration and intensity droughts present their own unique challenges These natural events have occurred throughout history and may last from several months to several years Among many impacts droughts often threaten farm production if sufficient rainfall or irrigation is not present to support crops and livestock A shortage of water caused by drought can also affect a number of industries For example drought may significantly reduce the generation of electricity from hydropower biomass or fossil fuel facilities In addition drought affects the availability of aquatic habitat drinking water and food for wildlife The International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River notes however that droughts are not only a physical phenomenon but an interplay between natural water availability and human demands for water supply As the demand for water resources rises the pressure on water grows and regions of the world become increasingly vulnerable during periods without rainfall The Great Rivers Partnership addresses these issues by partnering with government and non governmental agencies to explore infrastructure options that better balance flood control It also supports proof of concept projects that demonstrate the value of reconnecting floodplain ecosystems Intro excerpt adapted with permission from the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Service 1990 New Hampshire drought management plan NHDES WRB 90

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  • Balancing Transportation & Restoration - News & Community
    Company Video To delve further into the GRP s integration with the transportation industry check out Director Michael Reuter s presentation at the February 2012 Waterways Council Inc conference Tags Add Comment Items on this list require content approval Your submission will not appear in public views until approved by someone with proper rights More information on content approval Title Body Full Name Attachments Hidden Blog Tools Something Missing Is there information that you think should become part of our knowledge share Recommend Looking for More Scientific Resources The Nature Conservancy offers tools to guide freshwater conservation Explore Copyright 2012 The Nature Conservancy Privacy Policy Terms of Use The Nature Conservancy is a nonprofit tax exempt charitable organization under Section 501 c 3 of the Internal Revenue Code Donations are tax deductible as allowed by law Quick Launch Categories Category 1 Category 2 Category 3 Manage Subscriptions layouts images ReportServer Manage Subscription gif en us NewsAndCommunity layouts ReportServer ManageSubscriptions aspx list ListId ID ItemId 0x80 0x0 FileType rdl 350 Manage Data Sources en us NewsAndCommunity layouts ReportServer DataSourceList aspx list ListId ID ItemId 0x0 0x20 FileType rdl 351 Manage Shared Datasets en us NewsAndCommunity layouts ReportServer DatasetList aspx list ListId ID ItemId 0x0 0x20 FileType rdl 352 Manage Parameters en us NewsAndCommunity layouts ReportServer ParameterList aspx list ListId ID ItemId 0x0 0x4 FileType rdl 353 Manage Processing Options en us NewsAndCommunity layouts ReportServer ReportExecution aspx list ListId ID ItemId 0x0 0x4 FileType rdl 354 Manage Cache Refresh Plans en us NewsAndCommunity layouts ReportServer CacheRefreshPlanList aspx list ListId ID ItemId 0x0 0x4 FileType rdl 355 View Report History en us NewsAndCommunity layouts ReportServer ReportHistory aspx list ListId ID ItemId 0x0 0x40 FileType rdl 356 View Dependent Items en us NewsAndCommunity layouts ReportServer DependentItems aspx list ListId ID ItemId 0x0 0x4 FileType rsds 350 Edit Data Source Definition en us NewsAndCommunity layouts ReportServer SharedDataSource aspx list ListId ID ItemId 0x0 0x4 FileType rsds 351 View Dependent Items en us NewsAndCommunity layouts ReportServer DependentItems aspx list ListId ID ItemId 0x0 0x4 FileType smdl 350 Manage Clickthrough Reports en us NewsAndCommunity layouts ReportServer ModelClickThrough aspx list ListId ID ItemId 0x0 0x4 FileType smdl 352 Manage Model Item Security en us NewsAndCommunity layouts ReportServer ModelItemSecurity aspx list ListId ID ItemId 0x0 0x2000000 FileType smdl 353 Regenerate Model en us NewsAndCommunity layouts ReportServer GenerateModel aspx list ListId ID ItemId 0x0 0x4 FileType smdl 354 Manage Data Sources en us NewsAndCommunity layouts ReportServer DataSourceList aspx list ListId ID ItemId 0x0 0x20 FileType smdl 351 Load in Report Builder en us NewsAndCommunity layouts ReportServer RSAction aspx RSAction ReportBuilderModelContext list ListId ID ItemId 0x0 0x2 FileType smdl 250 Edit in Report Builder layouts images ReportServer EditReport gif en us NewsAndCommunity layouts ReportServer RSAction aspx RSAction ReportBuilderReportContext list ListId ID ItemId 0x0 0x4 FileType rdl 250 Edit in Report Builder en us NewsAndCommunity layouts ReportServer RSAction aspx RSAction ReportBuilderDatasetContext list ListId ID ItemId 0x0 0x4 FileType rsd 250 Manage Caching Options en us NewsAndCommunity layouts ReportServer DatasetCachingOptions aspx list ListId

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  • Join Partners in an Effort to Restore the Lower Mississippi - News & Community
    related management the planning construction and evaluation of potential restoration protection and enhancement measures to meet identified habitat needs and potential projects to meet identified river access and recreation needs The draft report for the first assessment was released for public review in June 2013 The second and third assessments will start based on the availability of adequate funding to complete them The GRP will be a strong partner all the way through this process assisting with public meetings gathering data on the river s condition helping to formulate alternatives and putting the plan together Conservancy state programs along the Lower Mississippi including Arkansas Tennessee and Mississippi have also signed on to help While the Lower Mississippi River has changed significantly there are still many places in the basin where we can restore some of the habitat that was once there comments Benjamin And we can do it without impacting navigation or flood control This assessment is a vital first step in the river s restoration and we are committed to helping the Army Corps get it done The Lower Mississippi River Needs You Learn more about how you can get involved through a public meeting online survey and social media Tags Add Comment Items on this list require content approval Your submission will not appear in public views until approved by someone with proper rights More information on content approval Title Body Full Name Attachments Hidden Blog Tools Something Missing Is there information that you think should become part of our knowledge share Recommend Looking for More Scientific Resources The Nature Conservancy offers tools to guide freshwater conservation Explore Copyright 2012 The Nature Conservancy Privacy Policy Terms of Use The Nature Conservancy is a nonprofit tax exempt charitable organization under Section 501 c 3 of the Internal Revenue Code Donations are tax deductible as allowed by law Quick Launch Categories Category 1 Category 2 Category 3 Manage Subscriptions layouts images ReportServer Manage Subscription gif en us NewsAndCommunity layouts ReportServer ManageSubscriptions aspx list ListId ID ItemId 0x80 0x0 FileType rdl 350 Manage Data Sources en us NewsAndCommunity layouts ReportServer DataSourceList aspx list ListId ID ItemId 0x0 0x20 FileType rdl 351 Manage Shared Datasets en us NewsAndCommunity layouts ReportServer DatasetList aspx list ListId ID ItemId 0x0 0x20 FileType rdl 352 Manage Parameters en us NewsAndCommunity layouts ReportServer ParameterList aspx list ListId ID ItemId 0x0 0x4 FileType rdl 353 Manage Processing Options en us NewsAndCommunity layouts ReportServer ReportExecution aspx list ListId ID ItemId 0x0 0x4 FileType rdl 354 Manage Cache Refresh Plans en us NewsAndCommunity layouts ReportServer CacheRefreshPlanList aspx list ListId ID ItemId 0x0 0x4 FileType rdl 355 View Report History en us NewsAndCommunity layouts ReportServer ReportHistory aspx list ListId ID ItemId 0x0 0x40 FileType rdl 356 View Dependent Items en us NewsAndCommunity layouts ReportServer DependentItems aspx list ListId ID ItemId 0x0 0x4 FileType rsds 350 Edit Data Source Definition en us NewsAndCommunity layouts ReportServer SharedDataSource aspx list ListId ID ItemId 0x0 0x4 FileType rsds 351 View Dependent Items en us NewsAndCommunity

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  • Proof-of-Concept Projects
    conservation strategies that protect restore and enhance the natural functions vital to healthy river systems the Great Rivers Partnership adopted a set of proof of concept projects for the Mississippi River Basin These initial projects are managed by The Nature Conservancy and serve as models for advancing conservation at a system scale The GRP helps share lessons learned at these sites with a broader global community Official GRP proof of

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  • Mississippi-Yangtze Science Exchange
    and continue to support shipping and logistic industries among others Likewise each river system gives life to a wealth of biodiversity and provides people with drinking water hydroelectric power and a number of other services The U S Geological Survey USGS Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center continues to be an essential partner of the Great Rivers Partnership in supporting these two important river systems Over the years USGS has helped create a conservation blueprint for the Mississippi River which was used as a framework for a blueprint of the Upper Yangtze River and ultimately informed China s national blueprint USGS has also shared techniques and tools for monitoring fish populations Dr Yao Yin a USGS research ecologist and lead on Asia strategy for the GRP has led related science exchanges since 2005 Along with USGS colleague and GRP Fellow Brian Ickes Dr Yin has helped Chinese scientists develop a standard Yangtze River fish monitoring protocol based on the model of the Long Term Resource Monitoring component of the Upper Mississippi River Restoration Environmental Management Program The program was authorized by U S Congress in 1986 and has been managed by the U S Army Corps of Engineers in partnership with several state and federal agencies including USGS Environment and Hydropower Giants Sign Agreement The Nature Conservancy and China s Three Gorges Corporation sign a five year agreement aimed at making hydropower more sustainable The collaboration highlights the impact of the U S China EcoPartnership initiated through the GRP in 2012 Sharing Expertise Across Continents Similar challenges on the Mississippi and Yangtze rivers warrant an exchange of best practices U S China EcoPartnership Tackles Asian Carp Problem The GRP is collaborating with colleagues in China s Yangtze River Basin to find ways to mitigate the problem of invasive Asian carp in

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  • Magdalena River Basin
    215 fish species 50 endemic 30 threatened Unfortunately a variety of pressures are contributing to a decline in fish biodiversity and freshwater fisheries Forty four fish species from the Magdalena River have been included in the Red Book for Conservation Mojica et al 2002 Between 1975 and 2008 the annual fish harvest decreased from 80 thousand to eight thousand Lasso et al 2011 In addition the composition of fish capture has changed dramatically with an increase in less desirable fish Conservation Challenges Basin wide unsustainable land use practices and land use change are degrading the integrity of freshwater ecosystems and the services they provide e g deforestation overgrazing insufficient protected areas that target freshwater Management Challenges The basin is at a critical stage of development facing major expansion of water infrastructure mainly related to hydropower navigability and flood control Inadequate institutional coordination low governance and poor information quality and decision making tools could dramatically change the ecological integrity of the Magdalena as a natural river A comprehensive analysis of these challenges conducted by The Nature Conservancy TNC and the Colombian National Government recommended the following overarching responses the creation and adoption of an integrated vision of the basin as a whole by the government and its different agencies and the private sector to support planning processes and future decisions an effort to increase the institutional capacity and coordination to support Integrated River Basin Management IRBM in the Magdalena basin and investments in securing protected areas and improving land management practices supported by sustainable funding mechanisms To meet these challenges TNC has worked to develop relationships with various economic sectors and communities building trust and establishing a foundation for dialogue on shared solutions Likewise formal partnerships with government agencies have advanced these goals Collaboration with the local river management authority Cormagdalena for instance has already produced strategic information such as the basin wide Freshwater Conservation Blueprint portfolio This tool defines important areas for freshwater conservation in the basin which can inform future development projects roads mining oil dams and guide management decisions In addition the TNC team has created a hydrological model to be used by government agencies as part of a basin scale decision making system These efforts complement the launch of demonstration projects aimed at improving land management such as water funds and sustainable cattle Strategic plans for river management led by the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development MADS and Cormagdalena are currently being formulated Dam on Porce River Iván Gil TNC Dam on Porce River Andrés Quilaguy TNC Fabio at the ranch Andrés Quilaguy TNC Fabio at the ranch Andrés Quilaguy TNC Fabio at the ranch Andrés Quilaguy TNC Fabio at the ranch Andrés Quilaguy TNC Fabio at the ranch Andrés Quilaguy TNC Fabio at the ranch Andrés Quilaguy TNC Fabio at the ranch Andrés Quilaguy TNC Fabio at the ranch Andrés Quilaguy TNC Exploring River Dynamics The Porce River Basin a sub basin of Colombia s Magdalena River supports hydroelectric and water supply needs for one

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  • Hydropower
    means to energy security Today China s Three Gorges Dam with the world s largest instantaneous generating capacity creates as much electricity as roughly 18 nuclear plants However while hydropower may be the dominant renewable energy source it often comes with significant costs Dams can drastically affect fisheries and overall water quality force the displacement of people living in river valleys and cause a number of other issues that degrade the lands and waters of a river basin The Great Rivers Partnership and its collaborators have worked with officials around the world to plan more balanced dam operations and mitigate damage caused by those currently in use The Nature Conservancy for instance has established formal relationships with Three Gorges Company and the Yangtze Water Resources Commission to find new ways to balance hydropower and conservation along China s Yangtze River Learn more about related efforts to modernize current infrastructure and support sustainable development in the future In June of 2015 Great Rivers launched the Center for Sustainable Hydropower The Beijing based center acts as a platform for exchanging knowledge building capacity and researching new solutions that balance river conservation and hydropower Alberto Galeras New Report The Power of Rivers The Nature Conservancy white paper The Power of Rivers Finding balance between energy and conservation in hydropower development addresses the global expansion of hydropower dams and the need to find development scenarios that provide energy but also work for communities and nature Influencing the Future of Hydropower The Nature Conservancy sent a delegation of staff to the 5th World Hydropower Congress in Beijing to ensure that the importance of river conservation was fully represented in the dialogue about the future of global hydropower development and management Learn more about the Congress Launch of the Center for Sustainable Hydropower in China The

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  • Agriculture
    per capita food consumption by 30 percent However while feeding the world and producing a diverse range of non food crops such as cotton rubber and industrial oils in an increasingly productive way agriculture also confirmed its position as the biggest user of water on the globe Irrigation now claims close to 70 percent of all freshwater appropriated for human use Today s agriculture sector faces a complex series of challenges produce more food of better quality while using less water per unit of output provide rural people with resources and opportunities to live a healthy and productive life apply clean technologies that ensure environmental sustainability and contribute in a productive way to local and national economies A business as usual approach to economic development and natural resource management will no longer be possible according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations FAO Agriculture will be key to the implementation of sustainable water management The FAO sites that in order feed a world population expected to reach 9 billion people in 2050 a 70 percent increase in agricultural production will be necessary In some developing countries 100 percent increase will be required The Great Rivers Partnership recognizes these challenges and participates in initiatives such as the Field to Market Alliance a coalition of corporations and nonprofits working to improve productivity and environmental quality in the agriculture supply chain Intro excerpt republished with permission from the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations Land and Water Division FAO Water and Food Security fact sheet The FAO is a UN specialized agency whose mandate is to improv e world nutrition boost agricultural productivity better the lives of rural populations and raise agriculture s contribution to economic growth Field to Market Diverse initiative seeks to create sustainable outcomes for

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