The Environmental Flow Information Toolkit (EFIT)

Restoration and protection of environmental flows and water levels in rivers, streams, springs, lakes/reservoirs, bays/estuaries, floodplains, and other aquatic systems is a growing concern in the conservation and stewardship community as demand for water increases. Alteration of the natural flow regime of rivers and streams in Texas has contributed to declines in native fish communities, other aquatic taxa, and the productivity of riparian habitats.

Honey Creek, Spring Branch, TexasThe Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has built a decision support tool, the Environmental Flow Information Toolkit (EFIT), to help develop and prioritize strategies for the protection and restoration of natural flow regimes and water levels in Texas aquatic systems. Driven by end-user recommendations and feedback, the web-based geospatial platform incorporates multiple data sources and integrated statistical models to serve critical information on water use, hydrologic alteration, and environmental flow targets to meet conservation objectives. EFIT will enable environmental flow practitioners and stakeholders to communicate and collaborate more effectively to achieve voluntary environmental flow protection and restoration strategies.

The EFIT interactive web map application is under construction and will be available soon!