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'The five myths of ecological flows science'
Daren Carlisle (dcarlisle@usgs.gov), US Geological Survey

There is increasing demand for freshwater to satisfy the needs of society--including healthy rivers and streams. The need as never been greater for quantitative understanding about the flows needed to sustain healthy stream ecosystems and the ecological services they provide. Unfortunately, the science of ecological flows and its application in water management are currently hindered by persistent dogma. These 'myths' foster fragmentation of scientific inquiry and have led to onerous prescriptions for managers seeking to develop and implement ecological flow standards. Each of these myths will be explored and evidence offered to either debunk or clarify misconceptions. Ideas for a more unified and simple way forward will be offered.