Dr. Paul Montagna is the Endowed Chair for Ecosystem Studies and Modeling at the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. He is a marine ecologist whose research focuses on coastal management, benthic processes, ecoinformatics, ecosystem modeling, environmental flows, and integrating natural science and socioeconomics. His research is related broadly to the question of: “what flow regime is necessary to maintain ecological health of estuaries?”

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The Problem The freshwater faucet has been turned off to many coastal bays, estuaries, and wetlands to supply the voracious needs of humans. Freshwater extraction from rivers is increasing as human population grows along with the expansion of urban, agricultural and industrial development.1 The demand for water has become so high that …

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