Results and Accomplishments
One of the primary objectives of Path. nders was to find "tools" that the USDA Forest Service could use to achieve instream . ows without imposing bypass . ow requirements on special-use permits. Pathfinders identified 27 strategies that will be implemented in a tiered fashion. Some provide direct instream . ow protection, while others contribute to instream flows as one of several actions. First tier tools are less controversial, while the second tier requires greater coordination and, possibly, negotiated agreements. Actions include: reopening diversion or water storage facilities, variable water use, acquisition, and better diversion monitoring and management.
The Pathfinder strategy is progressive, seeking cooperation first, and moving to more collective, coordinated actions. It provides a variety of options before the USDA Forest Service would need to impose bypass flow requirements on special-use permits, an alternative considered the last resort.