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Percent of Flow Not Diverted

When water is diverted from streams there can be serious ecological ramifications downstream if minimum flows and levels are not preserved. There are often government regulations guiding how much of a stream can be diverted for agriculture or human use.

How to operationalize the metric

Method of data collection and data needed to compute the method:

Measuring the flow of a stream can be estimated by measuring the area of the cross section of the stream and averaging the speed of water flow from one bank to the other. A more precise measurement method is constructing a permanent flow meter in the channel.

Unit of analysis:

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Limitations regarding estimating and interpreting:

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