The evolution of Georgia’s instream flow policy
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Georgia’s instream flow protection policy has evolved over the past 30 years. The evolution of that policy has been influenced by incremental growth in our scientific understanding of the complex functions of our aquatic ecosystems. It would be naïve to not recognize that evolution of that policy has also been influenced by political and economic considerations. Aiding the continued evolution of Georgia’s instream flow protection policy requires some appreciation of how these influencing factors interact to create the momentum required to move the policy forward.