Minimum flows are limits established by the District Governing Board for flowing surface water bodies that are intended to prevent significant harm to the water resources or ecology of an area that may be caused by water withdrawals. Minimum flows were originally established for the Lower Peace River in 2010. Proposed minimum flows based on reevaluation of these established minimum flows, and new minimum flows proposed for Lower Shell Creek are summarized in a draft report and appendices available on the District’s Minimum Flows and Levels Documents and Reports page.

The District will voluntarily subject all scientific or technical data, methodologies, models, and scientific and technical assumptions used to support development of the proposed minimum flows to independent scientific peer review. A panel of three independent, recognized experts in the fields of hydrology, hydrogeology, limnology, biology and other scientific disciplines will review the proposed minimum flows and prepare a final peer-review report for the District Governing Board.
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