South Atlantic LCC

Setting a course for a sustainable landscape

Help craft an RFP to predict the impact of future change on priority aquatic resources

Apologies to all for the tight deadlines. The rivers and streams group now has an opportunity to help craft a request for proposals focused on predicting the impact of future change (e.g., urbanization, climate) on priority aquatic resources. Numerous partners have identified this issue as both a major limiting factor in conservation decision-making and an issue that is a good fit for the LCC niche. The LCC is currently in the process of establishing a more formal process for identifying science needs so expect an opportunity to influence that process in the near future as well.


More detail on the specific ecological relationships being targeted is available here.

Process timeline: 

  • Week of Feb 21 - Phone call to draft RFP
  • Draft RFP posted on website for comments/suggested changes after phone call
  • Friday, March 4th - Final RFP complete

Based on what I've heard so far, this Friday, Feb 25th from 10am - 11am eastern will be the best time for the call.



- General background on the request for proposals

- Discussion of important stressors to be included (climate, human population growth, etc)

- Discussion of important hydrologic regime responses

- Discussion of priority aquatic species responses

- Next steps

Call-in number: 866-746-1253
Code: 9137014

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Results from Rivers and Streams call


Craft targeted request for proposals to predict the impact of future change on priority aquatic resources

Members on the call

Sam Pearsall, Environmental Defense Fund, SE Manager (Land, Water, and Wildlife)
Peter Caldwell, Forest Service, Research Hydrologist
Kevin Kemp, Florida FWC, Freshwater Wildlife Legacy Biologist
Mary Davis, SARP, Southeastern Instream Flow Network Coordinator
Cindy Williams, FWS, SE Fisheries Program Supervisor


We had some great discussions on the call. The topics ranged from potential stressors to documenting matching funds. Thanks to everyone who was able to attend.  

While there were a number of potential future stressors discussed (water quantity, water quality, invasives, etc.), there was general agreement within the group that understanding future dynamics in the amount of water in rivers and streams was an important first step and that all the other stressors depended that information.

I tried to synthesize all the discussion and comments on the call and ended up with this priority information need:

  • The impact of climate change and human population growth on future aquatic flows within the South Atlantic LCC. Projects should evaluate the impact of future changes in temperature, precipitation, and human consumption (e.g., groundwater withdrawal, interbasin transfers, transfers from groundwater to surface water, future dams and alterations due to water stress) on aquatic flows. Predictions of future flows should be: 1) at a daily time step, 2) at the 12-digit HUC level or below, and 3) presented in the form of potential future scenarios (e.g., business as usual vs increased alteration). If projects combine multiple hydrological models, the proposal should document how inconsistencies between models will be resolved.

Next steps

Provided the rest of the Rivers and Streams Group supports the idea of this targeting information need, I will incorporate that information into an SALCC request for proposals to be released at the end of next week. Please provide any suggestions or comments you may have by Wed, March 15th. You can either email me directly or comment on this topic in the discussion forum.


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