Document - Flows and Recreation Quality on the Dolores River

Abstract

Effects of instream flows on river recreation, such as whitewater boating, have received increasing attention in recent years. Many studies have documented relations between flows and specific trip attributes such as boatability and whitewater challenge, a well as between flows and overall recreation quality. A mailed survey was completed by 128 commercial and noncommercial boaters on the Dolores River in Colorado, who evaluated a range of flows. They also identified flows that provided minimum boatability, minimum whitewater, optimum whitewater, and safety. Overall evaluations show inverse "U-shaped" curves and highlight differences for boaters for boaters using different craft. More specific evaluations, along with data about level of agreement, allow interpretation of points along the overall curves.

Description

Effects of instream flows on whitewater boating on the Dolores River in Colorado.
Document author
Bo Shelby
113 Peavy Hall
Corvallis, OR 97331
Phone: 541-737-1490

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Filename - Flows and Recreation Quality on the Dolores River516.pdf

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