tropical rivers

A Model for Predicting Daily Peak Visitation and Implications for Recreation Management and Water Quality: Evidence from Two Rivers in Puerto Rico

Santiago LE, Gonzalez-Caban A, Loomis J (2008). “A model for
predicting daily peak visitation and implication for recreation
management and water quality: evidence from two rivers in Puerto
Rico”. Environ. Manage., 41: 904-914.

Visitor use surveys and water quality data indicates that high visitor use levels of two rivers in Puerto Rico does not appear to adversely affect several water quality parameters. Optimum visitor use to maximize visitor defined satisfaction is a more constraining limit on visitor use than water quality. Our multiple regression analysis suggests that visitor use of about 150 visitors per day yields the highest level of visitor reported satisfaction, a level that does not appear to affect turbidity of the river. This high level of visitor use may be related to the gregarious nature of Puerto Ricans and their tolerance for crowding on this densely populated island. The daily peak visitation model indicates that regulating the number of parking spaces may be the most effective way to keep visitor use within the social carrying capacity.

Instream-Flow Analysis for the Luquillo Experimental Forest, Puerto Rico: Methods and Analysis

Scatena, F.N.; Johnson, S.L. 2001. Instream-Flow Analysis for the Luquillo Experimental Forest, Puerto Rico: Methods and Analysis. Gen. Tech. Rep. IITF-GTR-11. Rio Piedras, PR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, International Institute of Tropical Forestry. 30 p.

This study develops two habitat-based approaches for evaluating instream-flow requirements within the Luquillo Experimental Forest in northeastern Puerto Rico. The analysis is restricted to instream-flow requirements in upland streams dominated by the common communities of freshwater decapods. In headwater streams, pool volume was the most consistent factor in predicting the abundance of common freshwater shrimp. In second- and third-order tributaries, both water depth and velocity can be used to define their habitats. The most common species of shrimp are reclusive during the day; at night they prefer areas of low velocity (<0.09 m/s) and areas shallower than 0.4 m. In headwater streams, total usable shrimp habitat declines rapidly when water depth in the deepest pools is less than 0.5 m. In second-and third-order tributaries, the amount of habitat declines rapidly when discharge is within one standard deviation of the average annual 7-day minimum flow. These dis-charges are typically exceeded between 95 and 99 percent of the time. Analysis of habitat loss associated with different instream-flow constraints showed that habitat loss increases greatly when water extraction is equal to or greater than Q98. Among-reach differences in the amount of usable habitat resulting from differences in channel morphology can be as high as 35 percent. Therefore, site-specific studies should be conducted when using habitat-preference relations in a particular area.
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