Using a habitat-simulation computer program, Gore predicted that increased flows of 20 percent to 80 percent could lead to long spells (up to a month) of lost habitat for several river insects and the endangered western silvery minnow.,p> If the methane boom lasts 20 years, Gore says, these survival "bottlenecks" could have a "cascade effect," eliminating 20 to 30 species from the basin’s streams. There’s a shortage of field research so far, but Gore says his models show that the boom’s impact "is not only immediate, but has a chronic effect."
You can find the abstract of James Gore’s 2003 paper, and his similar paper from the 2002 IPEC conference, at http://ipec.utulsa.edu.
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