Drought and Aquatic Ecosystems

Science Center Objects

As part of the USGS Fisheries program, ecological flows, or the relationships between quality, quantity, and timing of water flows and ecological response of aquatic biota and ecosystems; and related ecosystem services are being investigated. 

Learn more about our research by visiting the web pages below.


Freshwater Mussel Physiology

Science Center: Leetown Science Center

Researchers at Leetown Science Center are evaluating how different species of mussels respond both physiologically and behaviorally to a variety of key environmental stressors (e.g. drought, temperature, stream flow). 


WaterSMART: Improving Tools for Assessing and Forecasting Ecological Responses to Hydrologic Alteration

Science Center: Wetland and Aquatic Research Center

WaterSMART (Sustain and Manage America’s Resources for Tomorrow) is a program of the Department of the Interior that focuses on improving water conservation and helping water-resource managers make sound decisions about water use. 


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