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Joint Public Notice: Notice of Availability of the Beta Stream Flow Duration Assessment Method for the Arid West

CENWO-OD-R
Published March 19, 2021

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps), Sacramento, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Albuquerque Districts (South Pacific Division), the Corps Omaha District (Northwestern Division), and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Regions 6, 8, and 9 jointly announce the availability of the Beta Streamflow Duration Assessment Method (SDAM) for the Arid West (dated February 2021). The method is a rapid assessment tool to help distinguish between ephemeral, intermittent, and perennial streamflow at the reach scale. The SDAM provides technical guidance for identifying waters that may be subject to regulatory jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act; however, this method does not imply or represent a change in the definition of “Waters of the U.S.”

Link to the EPA website:  https://www.epa.gov/streamflow-duration-assessment/beta-streamflow-duration-assessment-method-arid-west

Link to the user manual: https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2021-03/documents/user_manual_beta_sdam_aw.pdf

Link to the field forms: https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2021-03/documents/beta_sdam_aw_field_forms.pdf