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|Title:||Evaluation of climatic and hydroclimatic resources to support the US Army Corps of Engineers Regulatory Program|
|Authors:||Sparrow, Kent H.|
Gutenson, Joseph L.
Wahl, Mark D.
Cotterman, Kayla A.
Water--Law and legislation--United States
|Publisher:||Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.)|
|Series/Report no.:||Technical Report (Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.)) ; no. ERDC/CHL TR-22-19|
|Abstract:||Short-term climatic and hydrologic interactions, or hydroclimatology, are an important consideration when delineating the geographic extent of aquatic resources and assessing whether an aquatic resource is a jurisdictional water of the United States (WOTUS) and is therefore subject to the Clean Water Act (CWA). The now vacated 2020 Navigable Waters Protection Rule (NWPR) required the evaluation of precipitation and other hydroclimatic conditions to assess the jurisdictional status of an aquatic resource based on normal hydroclimatic conditions. Short-term hydroclimatic conditions, such as antecedent precipitation, evapotranspiration, wetland delineation, and streamflow duration assessments, provide information on an aquatic resource’s geo-graphic extent, hydrologic characteristics, and hydrologic connectivity with other aquatic resources. Here, researchers from the US Army Corps of Engineers, Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) evaluate tools and data available to practitioners for assessing short-term hydroclimatic conditions. The work highlights specific meteorological phenomena that are important to consider when assessing short-term hydroclimatic conditions that affect the geographic extent and hydrologic characteristics of an aquatic resource. The findings suggest that practitioners need access to data and tools that more holistically consider the impact of short-term antecedent hydroclimatology on the entire hydrologic cycle, rather than tools based solely on precipitation.|
|Gov't Doc #:||ERDC/CHL TR-22-19|
|Rights:||Approved for Public Release; Distribution is Unlimited|
|Size:||101 pages / 9.85 MB|
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|Appears in Collections:||Technical Report|
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