Science and Adaptive Management

Reason for Action

Why do we use science on the Trinity River when even state-of-the-art science is not perfect?  At one point, state-of-the-art knowledge considered the atom to be the smallest unit of matter. Then we came to understand protons, neutrons, and electrons. Then came quarks and other particles.  The point is that the river is a complex system that is not fully understood. As scientific knowledge advances, management of our natural resources should be flexible to those advances.  This is the underlying principle for “adaptive management“.

TRRP Science and Monitoring for Adaptive Management

The Trinity River Restoration Program was established by the Record of Decision as an adaptive management program, designed to adjust management of the Trinity River – TRRP restoration actions – as scientific knowledge of the river advances.

Science and monitoring activities to support adaptive management include numerous investigations across scientific disciplines ranging from hydrology and geomorphology to wildlife biology and riparian vegetation ecology.  The Integrated Assessment Plan (IAP) provides a cross-discipline perspective and structure for bringing the various investigations together for management recommendations.

Recommended further reading on TRRP Science and Monitoring: